We have been having a month of Mondays where every day seems like one those days. If it can break, it broke. If it can go haywire, it has gone haywire. The dryer went kaput, the refrigerator shorted out, and the puppy has been destroying everything she can get her teeth into. Example; she ripped the internet cables out of the box outside and we lost services for a time. By some fluke our power line went down and required the services of the power company (at least the puppy was not responsible for that one).
They say things happen in three’s. But, sometimes things happen in consecutive three’s, which adds up quickly! Most recently it was my finger that broke when I used a show of force on a testy, old dresser drawer. I think every home has a drawer like that – you know, the one that takes threats and negotiations in order to get it shut once you’ve used military maneuvers to get it open. The finger is on the mend and I have figured out how to limp with my hand to avoid banging the ailing digit. All’s well that ends well…
- Where in the world are you?
- I am in the United States and in the middle.
- How many languages do you speak?
- I speak only one fluently, but know bits and pieces of several others. For example: I learned to count in Japanese to teach a class of third graders and we even learned to write the numbers in traditional Japanese. I know introductory French and Spanish, but cannot go beyond the formalities of “My name is…Hello…how are you…I am doing well!” I know some words and phrases in Greek and Latin. And, I pray a lot in Hebrew. Then, there was a time I tried to learn how to write Sanskrit. As a lover of words and their meanings, I really just dabble in languages and play with words.
- How is your relationship with your parents?
- I have made peace with what was and what is.
- What are you best at?
- I really do not know. I wish I could say, with all confidence, that there is that one thing I am great at. I am not sure what that one thing would be. I am good at loving my little family, though.
- What are you absolutely bad at?
- Social situations! I am awkward at best.
- Which fictional character would you be best friends with?
- I would want to go on adventures with Coraline Jones.
- How would define success?
- While most people might define success monetarily or materially, I believe success involves more important aspects of life. Someone with strong character, a sense of devotion, a generous spirit, a compassionate heart, and a strong sense of ethical conduct is successful. We need more people who nurture the heart and spirit of others.
- What is one thing you wanna do before you die?
- See grandchildren! We are in our 40’s with a 1 yo and a 3 yo. I don’t want either child to rush the whole marriage thing, so I hope I am still around when their families get started. I want to be that Grandma who rocks the babies, babysits all the time, and spoils them rotten.
- What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
- Right before I gave birth to my daughter, a friend of mine said, “There will be a moment when you are absolutely certain that you cannot take it anymore. You will be at the cusp of losing your mind. That’s when the baby comes, so just keep pushing!!” She was right and that advice could apply to all of life’s trials and obstacles. Hang on and keep pushing!
- What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
- My husband and I have had some crazy adventures together and we lived to tell about it. We really are two peas in a very crazy pod. One of these days they just might come to take us away over the rainbow, but we will be laughing when they do. Ha-ha!
- Do you think you are a creative person?
- Not as creative as I would like, but I can get creative when I am in the right mood. My mother is the artist and I did not quite catch that gift.
- Give them 11 questions to answer.
- Tag 11 people.
- Answer their 11 questions.
- Thank the person who nominated you.
My typing skills are still hindered, so I need to save some time…Answer the same questions I did and all who read are tagged and welcome to participate. Many thanks to Aditi for her support and encouragement!