The Questions and the Answers
- What’s a word that describes your life? A word you wish described your life?
Hectic and scary describe my life right now. “Peaceful” is a word that I wish described my life.
- Back in my day we ________________________________?
Back in my day, we went outside to play and the phone stayed at home hooked into the wall. We didn’t stay tied to a screen of any sort all day long. We rode our bikes. We played hide-and-seek, kickball, and softball. We ran in and out, letting the screen door slam behind us in either direction, much to Mama’s agitation. We visited our grandparents. And we ALWAYS had Thanksgiving dinner with Granny. Always.
- When it comes to takeout are you more likely to opt for Italian, Mexican, or Chinese food? Does a typical week at your house include takeout?
I’m more inclined to get BK or KFC if we are out. We don’t usually get takeout every week or even every month.
- Think about the people you most respect. What is it about them that earned your respect?
First and foremost are my grandparents. All four of them loved me unconditionally.
The fact that they held to their convictions and didn’t back down, no matter who was trying to force them to, earned my respect. Mrs. Pennington, Miss Elrod, Mrs. Johnson, those are the folks that first come to my mind.
Miss Elrod was my 8th grade English and homeroom teacher. She also taught my mama way back when. She gave me my first caliber speech.
Mrs. Johnson was my 11th grade homeroom and Typing II teacher. Heavenly Father had already been kicked out of public schools by then, but she read a morning devotion to our homeroom class every morning, without fail, anyway.
Mrs. Pennington was my 11th grade US History teacher. She was a tough cookie. She didn’t take anything from anybody. AND she was a sweetheart. She genuinely cared about her students and didn’t put up with foolishness. Most of my time at that particular school district was h-e-double-toothpicks, but these three women gave me reason to carry on and not buckle under. They believed in me and did what they could to help me believe that I had great potential.
Oh yeah, and Mr. Stokes. He won me the morning he said to me, “Great things come in small packages.” He knew that I was tormented for my short stature and it was his way of telling me that my height (or lack thereof!) wasn’t a fault. I was someone with potential in spite of it.
Everyone needs a few teachers like this in their lives. It only takes a few to make a difference. There are more than enough hurtful ones to go around. When you find the good ones, like I did, the blessings and effects last forever.
- What’s something your friends might see and say is ‘so you’?
I know it will sound weird, especially to those of you that haven’t known me for very long, but a cemetery! I am a family history researcher and cemeteries are a part of the package. I love walking through old cemeteries as much as, if not more than, walking through Hobby Lobby. I get my life from those old resting places.
- Insert your own random thought here.
I found this great quote about respect just now:
Show respect to all people, but grovel to none. Tecumseh
It makes me think of my Granny Gunter. This past Sunday was her 8th anniversary in Heaven. She endured a lot in her lifetime. She was blunt. Some thought she was rude and rough. Inside she was a big ol’ loveable teddy bear. One thing she wasn’t, though, was a groveler. She wasn’t going to beg anybody for the love that she needed and wanted. If they didn’t want to be around her, she had the attitude “to heck with you”…well, “heck” isn’t exactly the right word, but you get the point. If they didn’t want her, she didn’t need them. My granny was a great teacher.
I sure do miss you, Granny. Please hug Daddy for me.
Have a blessed day, y’all!