Here we have the continuation of the 30 Questions:
6. What is the hardest thing you have ever experienced? Ooh, this is sort of a toss up! Either handing over our then 2-year-old youngest for her first surgery or watching my eldest go through the postponement of her wedding (6 weeks before it was going to happen) and the eventual breaking of the engagement. Would not repeat either of those if my life depended on it.
7. What is your dream job, and why? I think I’ve had my dream job. I loved teaching. I loved teaching elementary school. I loved teaching middle school. I loved being the media specialist at the middle school. I loved teaching at the university level. Was every day wonderful? No, of course not. Was I always thrilled to be there? Nope. Can I think of a job I would rather have done? Not a chance! (But I have a long rant about why our education system doesn’t measure as high as some others! Don’t get me started!)
8. What are 5 passions you have? My family, quilting, reading, my faith, and education. Not necessarily in that order.
9. List 10 people who have influenced you and describe how.
- My mom – who had breast cancer at age 25 and still had two daughters, fighting recurrences and heart problems and making it to the age of 60, almost unheard of for someone who had her first cancer in 1948. She also told me the story of the day she considered her worst parenting day. The fact that it involved my sister who doesn’t even remember it gives me lots of hope everytime I’ve made some stupid parenting moves! Hopefully my girls don’t remember any of them!
- My dad – who always believed his girls could do anything and encouraged us to try anything we wanted. It’s not his fault that one of his daughters chose a career in education, a traditional girl job. (Okay, maybe it is because teaching is sort of genetic and his mom and sister were both teachers.) He’s also pretty responsible for my sarcastic sense of humor.
- My aunt Janice – who was a teacher and who gave me the first book I could read by myself for Christmas the year I was in first grade. (I made everyone sit and listen to me read that Christmas!) She also had my dad’s sense of humor (which I assume came from their mother, who died before I could ever meet her – since my Grandpa wasn’t that funny – but very nice).
- Mrs. Kulzer, my fifth grade teacher – who was my favorite teacher ever and probably influenced my choice of career as much as my genetics did.
- Beautiful daughter #1 – whose arrival taught me more about what love really is than any other experience I’ve ever had.
- Beautiful daughter #2 – whose arrival taught me that I could love another person as much as I love her big sister.
- My husband – after 35 years, how can he not have influenced me a lot, probably more than anyone else? I just won’t take the time to count the ways, but the first one was introducing me to my faith.
- My sister – who always seems to be able to do or obtain everything she puts her mind to! I’ve always been impressed.
- Thelma, my quilt mom – who somehow managed to get me quilting and in charge of the church quilt when she could no longer do it.
- My maternal grandmother – who stayed to take care of us one late May and early June and taught us that one of the best summer dinners is strawberry shortcake made with locally grown strawberries.
10. Describe your most embarrassing moment. There are so many! How do I choose? Seriously. I can’t think of any one of my many embarrassing moments that I’d call my most embarrassing. Sorry. This one when I can’t think of one?