Writing 101, Day Six: A Character-Building Experience. Elsa.
Today’s prompt: Today, you’ll write about the most interesting person you’ve met in 2014. In your twist, develop and shape your portrait further in a character study.
Elsa was born two days ago, 8th July, she’s the reason I’m late for my blogging challenge! I’ve been busy helping my daughter and her husband with their new challenge for 2014!
Elsa is my first granddaughter and my third grandchild. She’s got rosy skin and lots of shiny black hair, she hasn’t opened her eyes yet, so we don’t know what colour they are. She’s slim with long legs and feet. She spends most of the day breast feeding and sleeping, and cries occasionally.
Elsa is named after my sister who died tragically in an accident when she was twenty-five. When my daughter told me she’d be calling her own daughter Elsa, I was overjoyed. It’s a lovely name and it is also an emotional tribute to my sister.
I wonder if a person’s character is determined at birth, or if it develops over time? The ‘nature versus nurture’ dichotomy is still unsolved. There is evidence to support both theories, so I think, there’s a mixture of both in our characters. We are born with certain traits, which can develop in different ways depending on our life experiences.
I can’t tell what Elsa’s character will be like in the future. At the moment, she seems calm and quiet, and she smiles frequently. She’s not demanding or noisy, which is a good sign. Most people tend to prefer easy-going and cheerful people, and they’re probably happier with themselves, too!
I like to think I’m not superstitious, but I’ve heard this poem recited since I was a child, and have always thought (probably illogically) that there was some truth attached to the divination of a person’s future through according to the day they were born.
Elsa was born on Sunday, so she’ll be bonny and blithe and good and gay!
This popular English rhyme was first recorded in A. E. Bray’s Traditions of Devonshire in 1838 however, the tradition of fortune telling by days of birth is much older. Thomas Nashe recalled stories told to “young folks” in Suffolk in the 1570s which included telling what luck everyone should have according to the day of the week.
If you’re interested you can check out the day you were born and see if you think it’s true for you!
In any case, I’m sure that Elsa is the most interesting and most important person I’ve met this year.
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