Goodbye August, hello Hodgepodge. Here are this week’s questions. Thanks to Joyce for providing another great set of questions, even in the aftermath of hurricane Irene!
1. Do you think the world became a more dangerous place on September 11, 2001 or did we just become more aware of the danger? How has your own life changed as a result of that day? I think the world became a more dangerous place on September 11, because the attacks were successful. I think the success of those 911 attacks will encourage more plans for future attacks on our country and its citizens. As far as how that day affected me, it’s made me less trusting, and more fearful. I feel a loss of innocence.
2. Did you think your parents were too strict when you were growing up? How about in hindsight? My parents weren’t strict at all. They trusted me, and as a result they let me date at the ripe old age of 14! Fortunately, I was a responsible teenager, with a strong conscience, which kept me out of trouble. In hindsight, I realize just how young 14 really is…
3. Share one random but candid fact about yourself. I’m a very transparent person. My face usually reveals whatever I am thinking or how I am feeling.
4. Would your nearest and dearest describe you as simple or far too complicated? Well, I just asked him, and he says I’m simple. After all these years together he knows me pretty well. With me, what you see is what you get!
5. What is your favorite stadium or carnival food? Without a doubt, it’s candy apples! Love ’em! Cotton candy is a close second.
6. Tornado, hurricane, earthquake…how many of these natural disasters have you experienced? Which event do you think would be the scariest? I experienced a small tornado when I was pregnant with our second child in 1982. I was home alone at the time, and I was scared to death! I went in the smallest room in our house, sat in a rocking chair and prayed as the tornado passed through our back yard. The house shook, the roll-out windows of the house, which I’d cracked, lifted completely up by themselves, and the tornado sounded like a train rumbling through. When it was over, thankfully, the only damage we suffered was a large uprooted tree in the backyard.
Another memorable tornado happened a few years earlier when a tornado destroyed three mobile homes, just two miles down the road from where we live. Thankfully, nobody was killed, but several people were injured, as their homes were literally ripped to shreds. I was remembering this as the tornado passed through our yard in 1982.
We also experienced the effects of hurricane David many years ago. We live about 80 miles inland, but we got A LOT of wind and rain. Thankfully, we didn’t lose power like many people did.
I think an earthquake would be the scariest of these three, because there is no warning at all before it happens.
7. Labor Day weekend is approaching so a work related question seems appropriate. Growing up, did your parents assign you regular chores? Were you paid for doing those chores? If you’re a parent do you assign chores to your own children? Why or why not?
Yes, my parents did assign chores. I had to help clean the house on weekends, and I had to clean up the kitchen every night! I’m not sure if I received a regular allowance, but I was given money when I wanted to buy something.
Our children had to clean their rooms, and clean up the kitchen each night. I can’t remember if we gave them a regular allowance or not, but they were always given money when they needed some.
Random: Yesterday I celebrated my 57th birthday! It was an especially happy birthday this year. Aside from the fact that I was treated to a beach trip, and then showered with cards, flowers, cake, gifts, family visits, and much love–I discovered that I am a year younger than I thought I was! Ha!
I don’t know how or when I decided that I was going to be 58 on my birthday, but somehow I did! When my granddaughter, Madison, asked me how old I was, I said “I’m 58.” My daughter spoke up and said, “Well Facebook says you are 57.” I quickly did the math, and determined, that indeed, I am only 57! Now that’s a happy birthday!