Wednesday Hodgepodge…August 31

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!

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  1. Haha, so cute about your age. We do seem to lose track now, don’t we! Well, Happy Birthday to you! After all, it’s just a number. 🙂

  2. So you get to be 57 all over again! How funny! We are the same age. I like that. Happy Birthday to you. I’m so glad it was a good day.

  3. Well, then you definitely had a happy birthday … the beach, family visits/love, and the discovery that you’re a year younger than you thought! ha! And happy belated birthday!!

  4. I wish I could forget how old I’m going to be in January! LOL And I totally forgot about cotton candy! I LOVE cotton candy to this very day! And now, I want some.

  5. I laughed when you said you’d put a year on your own age by mistake! I did the same this year too – I’d spent so long getting ready to say I’m 40 instead of 39 (bracing myself….) that when it came to my birthday I was telling myself I was turning 41 instead of the dreaded 40. Durr!!

  6. Too funny about your Birthday years. We usually do it the other way. I was born in a 00 year so it’s easy to do the math. My husband is 5 years younger than me and I do forget his age. I think I told people he was 50 for 3 years. He was ok with that. (That’s a very nice photo of you and the cake, BTW)

    I started dating at 14 too and I only dated Football team Seniors,so I can see now how young I was. Like you, I was very responsible. Just between you and I, that was a pretty great H.S. year!

  7. I love the birthday story! One year I had my older sister convinced she was a whole year older than she actually was. It took us the whole day to do the math! Glad you enjoyed your special day!

  8. I’m so glad that you had a happy day on your birthday. The cake is really pretty. Did Brandy make it? I’m also glad that you got to go to the beach. I know how much you love it. Now, enjoy being 57. I’ll remind you next year that you’re 58. LOL 😛

    • By the way, that’s a nice picture of you. I can only hope to look that good when I’m 57. Love ya !!! 😀

  9. This Happy Birthday comes with wishes for a wonderful year!

  10. When I think of my great nieces at 15 I can’t imagine them dating yet. Happy Birthday! Hope it was a wonderful day. I agree with the earthquake being the scariest.

  11. I love candy apples! I like the caramel kind, too, but candy apples are a really special treat.

    Oh, and my face reveals my thoughts, too. I wouldn’t be much of a poker player!

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