1. April showers bring May flowers…what have you been showered with this month?
Grace. I turned 40 9 days ago, and was able to celebrate it in the best way possible. Five days up north with family that was in a non-fighting frame of mind, great meals out at places I would never be able to experience at home, and the birth of a beautiful baby girl. So special that I now share my birthday with both a niece and a nephew. It has continued at home through blessings at work and through friends. If you have to grow older, this is the way to do it.
2. What is the nature of compassion? Is it learned or innate? Can compassion be learned? If you’re a parent is this something you’ve purposely sought to instill in your children, and if so how?
Interesting question. I feel that for the most part, it’s something that is innate for people. I know people who come from the worst of circumstances that are the most compassionate people I know. I know people who have parents that are amazingly loving and they are the possessors of hearts of stone. To a degree, it can be learned, but I really feel it’s more the cultivation of an internal nature. To those that it does not come naturally, it is more of a learned behavior to be developed.
3. Do you prefer to watch romantic comedy or romantic drama…or are you rolling your eyes saying bring on the action flicks?
Depends on the mood. I love both–and I love action flicks too. The tween movies like High School Musical or anything starring Miley Cyrus are out. But if Bring It On or Pretty Woman are playing on TV, I’ll stop and watch. Then again, same goes for Live Free or Die Hard. . . .
4. It’s April which means baseball season is officially upon us in the US of A. Humphrey Bogart is quoted as saying, “A hot dog at the ballgame beats roast beef at the Ritz.” Agree or disagree?
I eat one hot dog a year out of obligation to tradition at the ballpark. Years I don’t go to the ballpark? Well, that’s a bonus. Richmond is the capital of minor league sports. We lost our Atlanta Braves AAA farm team a few years ago, and now have the Flying Squirrels, a AA feed team for the San Francisco Giants. I have yet to go to a Squirrels game, though they play just five miles from my house. Baseball just isn’t my favorite. I’d go for the Ritz anytime.
Now the Ritz or a football game? That’s another question!
5. What’s something in your community or city that needs fixing or improving?
For the sake of my tires, the roads. For the sake of my sanity, the local government. For the sake of all involved, the traffic in Short Pump. The intersection just a few blocks up the street actually beat all of Northern Virginia as the worst intersection in the state for traffic, etc. for several years running. That should tell you something. You know, like FIX IT!
6. Share a song you enjoy that mentions flowers or a specific flower in its title.
Is it bad that I can only think of two songs that have flowers in the title? “The Rose” by Bette Midler and “Every Rose Has It’s Thorn” by Guns ‘n Roses. And I’m not a big fan of either of them. Okay, I just scrolled through all 6000 of my songs in iTunes, and the only other one I found was Crimson & Clover, both versions (Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and Tommy James & the Shondells). But THIS. THIS was hilarious. My favorite that mentions flora and fauna? “Allergies” by the Barenaked Ladies! Hilarious. Plus, the story of my life.
7. April 22nd is Earth Day…do you believe in life on other planets? That wasn’t the question you were expecting was it?
If we have life on this one, why not life on others. Sure, why not.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Outside today the sky is blue and the breeze is blowing and a severe storm two days ago got the bulk of the active pollen down. It’s about 70 degrees. I’m stuck in an office with no windows. And I really want to be outside, allergies not withstanding. Yet if I had the day off, I would probably go home, mow the lawn, and then sit in the dark and cry because I couldn’t breathe.