Me, Me, MeSeptember 7, 2010 at 7:10 am | Posted in Bun, Family, Giggles, Lollipop | 19 Comments
Tags: Babies, Blogging, Challenges, Children, Curiosity, Fun, Life, Motherhood, Personal, Perspectives
At last! An opportunity to ignore the smashed goldfish under the kitchen table, the sippy cups in the sink, and the children upstairs still whispering secrets to their best animal friends loooooong after they should be asleep. At last! A post all about me. (Thanks to my friend Kate for tagging me for this meme.)
What experience has most shaped you, and why?
Childbirth, times three. Each experience was different, none went exactly as I had hoped, and all made me thankful for modern medicine and skilled doctors. In each labor, I learned something about myself, something that extended far beyond the delivery room. With Lollipop, I learned that surrendering control is sometimes the best thing you can do for yourself. With Giggles, that listening to your inner voice is never wrong. And with Bun, that I am so much stronger — and so much more fragile — than I ever imagined.
If you had a whole day with no commitments, what would you do?
Today I sat on the couch in the semi-darkness and held Bun’s hand while he napped. He couldn’t seem to get himself settled without my touch. So I sat. And read a book (a whole, entire book). With one hand. In the semi-darkness. It was not at all how I had planned out my afternoon, but it was lovely. Except next time, I might read two or five or seven books. With a light on. And two free hands … or one hand and a cup of hot chocolate.
What food or drink could you never give up?
Ooooooh, Dr. Pepper, I can’t quit you.
If you could travel anywhere, where would that be and why?
Paris. There’s just something about that city that makes my soul happy. (It could be the abundance of Nutella crepes.)
If you were leader of your country, what would you do?
Make recycling mandatory. Ban plastic bags. End our dependency on oil.
Give me one easy savory recipe that doesn’t include cheese.
We’re mostly vegetarian. That means if it doesn’t have cheese, we probably don’t eat it. But I do like a good, thick chili. (And chili is savory, right? Can you tell I’m not exactly a gourmande?)
What did you think you were going to be when you grew up?
An astronaut. Then a marine biologist. Then Secretary of State. And then I realized I was claustrophobic, scared of sharks, and apathetic about the idea of law school. Instead, I became a writer so that I could be all of these things, if only in my head.
If you could spend just one day in someone else’s body, who would it be?
My husband’s, just to see what it’s like to be him. I think it would make me a more empathetic partner and friend. And I think I would see that I’m even luckier than I realize. (Second choice: Lollipop, if for no other reason than to experience her keen fashion sense for a day.)
Which woman writer — living or dead — do you most admire and why?
Jane Austen. I love her stuff. I think it’s a testament to her intelligence and tenacity that she wrote what she did in her time. And Colin Firth is an excellent Mr. Darcy, but he doesn’t even compare to the one on the page.
What character trait inspires you the most?
When I was in high school, I was the girl who remembered birthdays. I decorated lockers with balloons and streamers. I brought cake and a card to lunch. But every year on my birthday? No streamers, no cake, no big to-do. Even still, I kept on celebrating my friends. What I learned was how gratifying it is to be kind simply for kindness’s sake. In fact, I still strive for that. And these days when grown-up friendships are altogether rare, if not impossible, to maintain as a harried mom, I find myself drawn to like-minded people (and bloggers).
What is your favorite kind of music?
Well, I am a Southern girl, and I do like Country. (Don’t judge.)
Which book or books have inspired or touched you the most?
Waaaaaay too many to list. Most recently, A Widow’s Walk by Marion Fontana. But the first two books I remember that changed the way I viewed the world were Alas, Babylon and To Kill a Mockingbird. And when I saw how powerful books could be, a lifelong reader, writer, and library-card holder was born.
What is your favorite family custom?
Decorating the Christmas tree. I just love Christmas. I love dragging out the boxes of ornaments, putting a hook on each one, and remembering its story as I find the perfect branch. As much as I love it, it’s a thousand times more wonderful sharing it with my children, who are starting to have their own stories to tell.
Do you participate in blog memes? Why? And which question from this list intrigues you the most? Answer it in the comments, or write your own post.