1. Share a favorite memory of your mother or share a favorite something from your own life as a mother. If you’re a mother (or stepmom) tell us how your experience as a mom differs from your own mother’s experience.
I often talk about my own motherly experiences so let’s conjure up one of my mother. This is really random but I will never forget the day she thought a glass of Dr. Pepper was iced tea. My mom is not a soda person and she literally did a spit take when her taste buds realized it was not, in fact, iced (unsweet) tea. I also remembering laughing at her; I might have been 7.
2. In May we celebrate teachers (May 9) and nurses (May 6) both. Most every family has at least one in their midst, so tell us something (or a few things) you appreciate about the teacher or nurse on your family tree.
Well, you see, I myself teach (online and face to face, college level) and my mother has been a teacher of elementary school a loooong time. Nurses? Don’t think we have many. I do have a cousin who is a radiology specialist. Knowing the patience it takes to be a GOOD teacher, that’s the thing I admire most about my mother. Dealing with college kids who are mostly autonomous is one thing; putting up with other peoples’ 8-10 year olds is entirely another and I’m not sure I could stomach it.
3. Chicken salad, egg salad, tuna salad…which would you go for if all three were on the menu? On bread or a bed of lettuce? If you answered bread, what kind of bread would make it the perfect sandwich?
I’m a chicken salad kind of person but my mom makes a mean tuna. I prefer it on white, toasted, lettuce and a hint of mayo. For tuna, straight up marshamallowy white bread and that’s it.
4. Do you have a desk? Is it organized? If so, share your secret to keeping it that way. If you don’t have a desk, where in your home do you take care of family paperwork and business? Where do you normally sit to blog?
Of course I have one at work but at home? Not anymore because we had to give each kid a bedroom. I really miss it though. We have this peninsula area in our kitchen and that is where we organize family paperwork. Below is my work desk and that is where I blog from. I rarely blog at home, unless it’s a week day off.
5. When I was nine years old….
I liked New Kids on the Block, riding my bike and scooter, picking out new funky outfits but I was a tomboy at heart. My favorite thing to do was play with friends and write in my journal. I liked the boy down the street, Christian Cruz, collecting cool pens, and running fast. The below photo was an estimated 10 years old by my friends who scanned it but close enough! (I’m on the far left; to the right are Erin, my neighbor, Dana, Andrea, and Heather, who was my best friend. All of them except Heather are still my friends on Facebook, which is amusing because I moved away when I was 14.)
6. Insert your own random thought here.
These questions have me feeling all nostalgic. And you know I have all my old journals so I pop into them now and then to assess just what life was like when I was younger. Last night I was reading one from 1998 and found it amusing that in order to acquire tickets to a wrestling event, we had to go stand in line. Now think about it: we had the internet back then but online shopping was NOT what it is today. Waiting in front of the arena box office was one of your only options. Now, we buy everything online. Hell, in big cities, you don’t even have to go grocery shopping anymore. Isn’t that crazy? Times sure do change quickly!