Yesterday we had our second interview with Punanaleo (Ikaika's soon-to-be-preschool). At some point they asked "what can you offer to our ohana? What skills or talents can you contribute to the school?"
I consider myself a pretty crafty person. I have a Pinterest account. I cook edible food and repair clothes so they continue to be wearable. I have a college degree. I have a job. I speak a few languages enough to get by. At some point in my life I was a preschool teacher!
Still, for some reason, no answer came to me. It almost felt like they were asking me, "what makes you so special?" and I couldn't come up with anything. What should I say?
I can make you a latte?
I can sing a few songs in Japanese?
I can write content for a newsletter?
I can manage a budget in Quikbooks?
I could bake healthy muffins?
I could show you how to implement progress monitoring for students with behavior disorders???
None of these answers seemed "right". I left feeling pretty down about myself. I thought I had a lot of talent...so why couldn't I think of anything to say?!
(btw: Mr A blurted out right away that he could help with all sports related stuff and teach the kids some martial arts...lucky dog)
This is not a new issue for me. I'm a jack of all trades, I'm decent at a lot of things but don't excel at anything. The one thing I have is a willingness to learn it and do it (a trait I got from my mother). And I'm interested in being involved and contributing. Isn't that a skill/talent in and of itself?