This week Sunday Stealing, hosted by Bev Sykes, has participants musing over questions taken from Upstream Life.
1. Name 5 people you admire and why.
• Daddy. Family was important for him. He took his responsibilities seriously. He made sure his children got the opportunities for a good life.
• Mama was resolute, stoical, full of love and cheeriness, but oh so sad. Also full of spirit, spit, and vinegar, Mama didn't let her misery keep her down. She had more than her share, including living through war and losing two children.
• The Husband. My gosh. I'm not an easy person to live with.
• Winifred, my mentor, my writing partner, my friend. She took a chance on me (#6). Winifred was an amazing, gifted, and giving person who taught me how to develop and create educational materials that respect and teach the learners.
• Kathy, a friend from grammar school days. I love her humor, her wit, her intelligence. For years, she went back and forth, several times a year to visit her parents, who lived over 400 miles away. As they got older, her visits were more frequent and longer.
2. When was the last time you did something adventurous?
Four years ago, I soared in a glider. The Husband and I gifted ourselves with glider rides for our anniversary. The glider was tiny, so we each got to have our own ride. The Husband flew to the west while I flitted to the east.
3. You felt you got older when?
I got dizzy upon getting off the playground merry-go-round. I was 25 or 26.
4. What one thing that could happen today would make you extremely happy?
That we own our house free and clear.
5. An experience you don’t want to go through again.
Closing up the estate of someone I love.
6. One decision you made that changed your life completely.
Applying for an assistant editor position at an educational publishing house even though I barely had the required minimal experience.
7. How do you participate in saving the earth?
Since a kid, I've reused, repurposed, and recycled stuff.
The Husband, Molly the Cat, and I are alive and well.
9. Things you miss about your childhood?
The essence of my childhood lives in me. I continue to have fun, to imagine, to wander, to wonder, to read, to learn, to play, to love, to be loved.
10. The greatest invention? The pulley!
11. Your favorite super hero. Wonder Woman
12. Your views about veganism. None.
13. If you could be anything else in the world, what would you be?
I'm happy with who I am.
14. How did you parents meet?
In 1947, Daddy, then a U.S. citizen living in California, visited his family in the Philippines. One late afternoon, he went to fetch water from a well where he met Mama. When Daddy returned to his mother's house, he told his mother that he wanted to marry the girl next door.
After my morning ablutions, I head to the front or back yard to water plants, pull weeds, deadhead flowers, or whatever needs getting done. If Missy Girl has joined me, I feed her when I see her hanging out by the door as if to say, "Breakfast please." Back outside, I continue working until I hear the Husband grinding coffee. Then I eventually go in to make myself a peanut butter-jelly sandwich for breakfast. While I get settled at the table, deciding whether to read or play Sudoku, the Husband fetches me a cup of coffee. We pretty much hang at the table, reading, eating, and talking for 90 minutes or more. Sometimes the pinky-nosed (wild) cat joins us.