On comparison, we also realized Erik's hands really weren't shaped like my hands either (and I don't have an artist gene when it comes to drawing or painting or pottery and so on - I'm a writer, and beyond typing, you don't need your hands for that).
We were compelled to then compare Erik's hand to Bryn's and Ari's, but of course, they have the hands of a preschooler and a baby, respectively, so their hands are still chubby and not well defined in shape - they still have a lot of growing to do. All the same, Dave and I felt that Bryn's hand is similar to Dave's in shape, with it's even fingers from base to tip, but Ari's fingers taper like mine and Erik's, even though in reference to his palm they're not long like Erik's. Luey wasn't around at the time, so I caught a snapshot of his hand when he got home from school, and it is really hard to say who he is similar to, he seems to be a blend of all kinds of hands.
I'd heard somewhere that the shape of your hand could act as a hint to the kind of profession you might be best suited to. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any reference to anything other than palmistry or Chirognomy, neither of which were quite what I was looking for.
Then, tonight, Luey was mucking around at the end of our dining room table, and it struck me that his posture and the length of his arms would make him an amazing dancer to watch! Not to mention that he is double jointed, which he feels is an added entertainment factor - much to my horror! The thing is, Luey WANTS to dance. He is desperate for us to get him into hip-hop classes (I have no idea where to find such classes in our local area!).
I snapped of a few happy snaps of him dancing around our living room, and it is as if he body is built for dance.
Do our genes pre-determine what occupations we will be drawn to? Are our bodies built to suit particular ways of interacting with the world, and without realizing it, are we drawn to those kinds of pursuits, even though we might feel that we made some sort of intellectual decision to follow one path or another?
There are a lot of artistic, musical, and theatrical people in my family. Are we this way because it's what we grow up with and know and learn to love, or is it in our blood, our genes and the very design of our bodies?
What do you think?