When I was in my teens my mother opened up our old family Bible to a small piece of paper and a poem. It had been written by one of our ancestors while crossing the plains in a covered wagon.
As I read it she remarked, “This looks a lot like what you’re writing.” Indeed, its style and voice were very similar to my work at that time. I was rather stunned, but I also felt a deep kinship with that poet.
Back then, my mother wrote a weekly column for a local newspaper, as well as various news articles. My own daughter, Emily Thompson, is the author of the Clockwork Twist adventure series.
Emily has also inherited the artistic talents of her father, and of his father, and of his father’s mother. Not only has she written fifteen novels, to date, but she designs the covers for her books and of mine.
"In psychology, genetic memory is a memory present at birth that exists in the absence of sensory experience, and is incorporated into the genome over long spans of time." Wikipedia
Who know what else was written into our DNA, but these observable effects are quite striking. It tends to temper the ego knowing that one is, apparently, predestined to certain traits, and very humbling.
Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman politician, lawyer, and poet, born in 106 BC, is quoted to have said, “The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living.” Fairly morose, Cicero, but point taken.