After we had read the story, we got talking about talents, and Eric explained that talents are things that a person can do really quite well. This is what followed:
Eric: Heather, what talents do you think you have?
Heather: Well, I can dance!
Eric: Yup, good one!
Heather: And, I can sing really good!
Charlotte: You're right, you can sing really well.
Heather: And after I take swimming lessons, I'll be really good at swimming too!
(Note--I love the unbridled optimism here.)
Charlotte: Now, what talents can we think of that daddy has?
Heather (thinking): ???
Charlotte: Well, daddy is really good at making robots, isn't he?
Heather: Yes, he is!
Eric: And I'm really good at fixing things.
Heather: That's right!
Eric: What about mom? What are some talents that mom has?
Heather (thinking) :???
Charlotte: Well, I'm pretty good at singing too.
Eric: And mom is good at making food.
Eric: And mom is really good at getting me and you to do the things she wants done in our house, like emptying the dishwasher and cleaning the bathrooms.
Heather: Yah. Mom is really really good at that talent!
I tell you. The things I put up with in this family. Outnumbered, that's what I am.
(Obviously I need to get someone to take pictures of me doing chores!)