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Temperament: (noun): the combination of mental, physical, and emotional traits of a person; natural predisposition.

Personality: (noun): a person as an embodiment of a collection of qualities.  Existence as a self-conscious human being; personal identity.

I figure that each of these words reflects a person’s nature.  Organizational patterns of behaviors; cognitive transparencies; social constructs; and even interpersonal dynamics.  Which definition is more appropriate now that Grace is nearly three weeks old? She’s pretty much a well tempered baby.  She cries when she’s hungry, she needs new diapers, or she needs to burp.  Otherwise, she’s sleeping or generally chilling.  Gurgling and stuff.

She won’t always be just like this.  We all continue to be hungry, and most of us need to burp now and again.  Gradually each of us forms our our own personality.  What color toothbrush will she want, what kind of pizza will she prefer, or would she rather play freeze tag, Simon says, or kick the can?  Will she pull for Davidson, Duke, Wake Forest, NC State, or Carolina?  I guess we’ll have to stay tuned.

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