“Well, it’s not rocket science.”
I’m more cautious now about using that expression.
My sister in law is, in fact, a rocket scientist.
I was moved by Sandra’s post about how and what our children learn.
I commented about my husband’s family and the constant criticism they experienced as children. It motivated them to levels of achievement that a more balanced upbringing might have denied them.
The best example of this is the only girl-child.
Growing up with 3 brothers, Becky’s experience was quite a bit different. Their father dedicated himself to passing along his many skills to his sons.
He was a master electrician, plumber, welder in the early years. He then worked in glass research, receiving several patents for his inventions.
He was a skilled carpenter, auto mechanic, craftsman, hobbyist.
The 3 sons were the beneficiaries, spending their childhood building, tearing apart car engines, learning to use power tools, chemistry sets, microscopes.
And then there was Becky. She was very bright, but this was the early 1960’s. She was steered toward their mother; cooking, sewing, housekeeping, decorating, makeup and beauty tips…admirable skills, but not what caught her interest.
When she got to college, she chose Engineering, took a Master’s Degree, founded her own consulting company, with contracts to NASA. She found success in the very male-dominated space industry.
I once asked her about her choice of curriculum. In a joking voice, she said that she wanted to pick something that her mother knew nothing about…that she could not be corrected, criticized, told she could make something “just a little bit better” if she did this or that.
It leads me to think about all of those high achievers and their motivation. We know so many scientists, innovators, movers and shakers who speak of overcoming obstacles.
And what would our world be without the tortured genius of artists, painters, writers, musicians whose early battles led to enduring, world-renowned creations ?
Can it happen without difficulties ? I don’t know of too many stories of great achievement that came as a result of loving, well-balanced life circumstance, or a trouble-free childhood.
I’m sure they are out there, I just don’t know of many.