I ask because my 2 daughters (now ages 5 & 6) are growing up, and their innate characteristics seem to become more evident with each passing day.
My older daughter, Abby, is a lot like me; she loves reading, language and teaching. Show her a strange 15 letter word and she can sound it out, no problem. But ask her how to open up a ketchup bottle lid and she’ll just unscrew it all the way- she doesn’t seem to notice the indentation in the cap that will make it easy to open and pour.
My younger daughter, Avery, however, has always been so interesting to me- particularly given my work with Acuity. Ever since she could walk, she has been a tinkerer. Lining up towels across the living room floor to make shapes, knot tying, teaching herself how to tie her shoes, etc.
Here’s a recent example: We went to a birthday party the other day, and the facility had a wood shop. Each child could choose 8 different-shaped blocks to make anything they wanted, and a toolbox containing a clamp, a hand drill, some small nails, and a small hammer. The kids around us were building cool planes, barns, etc. Avery worked a bit differently. She put the pieces together in a seemingly haphazard yet very deliberate way but there was no obvious “shape” being created. The whole time I was thinking to myself, “Umm. I have NO IDEA what you are doing, but okay.”
When she was done, I STILL had absolutely no clue what it was. Just then, she held it up proudly and said, “Look, mom! It’s a POWER RANGERS GUN!”
So, how about you? When did you realize you were an engineer? I’d love to hear your stories!
PS- Pardon the background mess- my husband hadn’t cleaned up after the batch of beer he created that day. We do live in Portland, after all!