Friday, 14 March 2008

Poles Apart!

My beautiful niece, Angelica has shoulder length red, wavy hair. She has always been a good looker. Where she gets these good looks or hair colouring from we have no idea.
My mother once said that before I was born, my father grew a moustache that turned out to have reddish tints but he was dark haired and couldn't really be regarded as handsome.
My brother, who is Angelica's father, is quite ordinary and none of the rest of the family are particularly good looking, except for the Japanese girls, who are stunning. But they are a product from outside our family and therefore have no bearing on Angelica's looks or hair colouring at all.
So, it seems these assets must have come from her mother's side. Angelica's mother is Polish, so it must come from there!
My lovely niece is a talented young girl too. She is a very good singer and often does gigs and when my energy levels have permitted me, I have been known to be her groupie, following her round pubs or wherever she has been singing. She sings like Eva Cassidy ............. and would be famous now, if she'd got there first!
As a child, Angelica was always confident and would jump on a chair to sing to anyone who would listen to her and her hand always shot up at school to be chosen for a play or musical, where she always managed to get a leading part. She always loved to dance and sing on stage and could play the piano to an audience without nerves.
I was the exact opposite as a child and would go to great lengths to keep myself out of the limelight and would try and make myself look small so that I wouldn't be chosen for anything that would draw attention to myself and had very little confidence even though I was talented in some ways. I didn't pursue piano lessons after I learned that I had to take exams and I would be physically sick with nerves, if I had no choice.
So is it in the genes, this confidence thing and does it come from Poland?


Suzy said...

I think it's the confidence thing. I think you can do anything (almost anything) without the fear factor-

I am quite sure you could be just as talented if you get your sights on it.

(and sometimes that old gene pool helps!)



CrazyCath said...

And I am quite sure you are just as talented too! It is confidence. Yes good looks help and that is inherited so I guess with Angelica (what an angelic name!) it is a bit of both.

Congratulations on the picture btw, it's great!

kimmy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such a nice comment.

Come back soon!

Have a great weekend!


Casdok said...

I love red hair!

Maggie May said...

Hi Suzy ......... I think it must be a combination of all those things! Either you are naturally an extrovert or you're not!!!

Crazy Cath .......... wish I could take all the credit for the picture, but I'm still learning & Sam did most of it!

Thanks Kimmy for the visit.

Casdok ......... yeah........ its great! I used to colour mine red when I was younger, for years. Some people thought it was natural. With black eyebrows!!!!!!!

elizabethm said...

I think you are naturally extrovert or not but you can grow into confidence, partly just by doing things. I was never the performer as a child or a teenager but these days I don't care very much about making a fool of myself. Your niece sounds a stunner!

Sweet Irene said...

Probably families only get one terribly good looking talented child every few generations. You were probably supposed to be one too, but somehow got too intimidated. Maybe something happened in your childhood?

Maggie May said...

Elizabeth M ............. Yes as I've got older, I don't really care about making a fool of myself, either.

Irene ......... yes, I was in quite a critical environment!

Expatmum said...

I'm the opposite of you Maggie. When I think of what I used to do when younger (and I'm talking about up to in my 30's) - debating at university in front of hundreds of people, dancing in shows, singing to 800 people at 36. Now I don't think I could, but I seem to be OK on live TV talking about US/Uk things for some reason!

Jules said...

I think perhaps, that what talent we miss in one area, we make up for in others.

You, for example, got the rare and wonderful "talented writing-and-humor" gene. :)

Maggie May said...

Thanks Jules ......... for that compliment!