The Wednesday Hodgepodge always feels like ‘home’ to me. It’s a place for old friends to gather each week, and it’s also a great place to make new friends. The Hodgepodge is a place to share our innermost thoughts on subjects, then compare them with the thoughts of others, and it’s a place to give and receive encouragement! I’m grateful to our hostess, Joyce, for starting and, more importantly, continuing to host The Wednesday Hodgepodge. Welcome to my Wednesday home!
1. When I look at the sky I feel a lot of different emotions. For instance, if the sky is bright and blue, I usually feel happy and hopeful… If the sky is blue with lots of puffy white clouds, then sometimes I feel nostalgic (remembering distant days of looking for the shapes in those clouds with my young children…). If the sky is dark and angry-looking, I feel nervous, wondering if we’ll be getting another damaging storm… Then, of course, there are days when just I look up at the sky and think about God, Heaven, loved ones who have already passed away, and loved ones who will pass away in the future. At those times, I feel a mixture of many emotions all at once.
2. If you had to run for political office, which one would you run for? Do you have any real desire to actually do this?
If I had to run for a political office, I’d run for the presidency (if I could), because I don’t think I could mess things up [for our country] any worse than they already are! That being said, I have no desire to run for any political office of any kind.
3. What scent makes you think of home?
The smell of food cooking on the stove. Nothing says ‘home’ like good smells coming from the kitchen.
4. How often do you take a step back to think about where you’re headed in life? Do you need more or less self-reflection?
At this point in my life, I often think about where I’m headed in life. I know I’m living in the final season of my life. I’ve watched my parents live through theirs, and Ed’s parents live through theirs. I don’t know what twists and turns the final leg of my journey will take, but I know how the story ultimately ends. I don’t want to spend too much time thinking about the past or the future though, because I might miss something good that’s going on in the present!
5. July is National Ice Cream Month…besides a cone, what’s your favorite food item to top with ice cream?
Hot fudge cake or warm apple pie– and I’m drooling just thinking about it because I haven’t had either one in a long time.
6. What might your autobiography be called?
How about–Bad Beginnings Can Have Happy Endings —because I didn’t always have a good childhood, but life’s been wonderful since I became an adult.
7. Your least favorite mode of transportation? Why?
A bicycle, first of all, because it’s a lot of work to peddle it, and let’s face it, at this point in my life, sitting on a bicycle seat would very uncomfortable! (I still deal with chronic yeast issues regularly. Enough said!)
On our last several visits to St. Simon’s Island, Ed and I discovered a bit of a phenomenon. It’s an elderly man who, apparently, spends a large portion of his time walking around The Village every day. It doesn’t matter what day we visit the island, this man is always out walking! He doesn’t just walk a little, he walks for several hours (3 or more) at a time! He apparently walks a well established route, which brings him directly in front of us every ten minutes. We know this because we’ve timed him. I’ve affectionately dubbed him The Walking Man. I wonder how often he has to buy new walking shoes…