1. What’s the best thing about growing older?
I’m not sure. Being on my own? Sometimes great, sometimes not.
2. When did you first feel like a grown up?
When I no longer got a toy in my stocking at Christmas. In fact, if memory serves, I got a teapot that year. Shaped like a fish, but still–an appliance. Yep, officially an adult.
3. Chocolate cake with white icing or white cake with chocolate icing?
White cake with chocolate icing, but only if strawberry cake with strawberry icing isn’t available.
4. What’s the nicest thing a stranger has ever done for you?
My car was broken down on the side of the road (in the era before everyone had a cellphone), and I started to walk to the next exit off the interstate. Not far, maybe a mile or so. A girl stopped and said she’d take me all way back to my apartment. Said she always vowed to stop whenever she “saw another chick in need”. Something I’ve tried to pay forward as well.
5. What’s something you learned from your grandparents?
How to make a great pound cake, frugality, how to fish, that winning at Rook is the meaning of life, and how to make a great cucumber and bacon sandwich.
6. Wednesday marks a sad day in the history of planet earth-9/11…what’s something you do (or can do) to bring peace to your little corner of the world?
Avoid confrontation at all costs, conflict resolution as soon as possible.
7. Share a favorite quote, scripture, or song containing the word peace.
The peace that passes understanding from Philippians 4:7: And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I have written about my memories of 9/11 before on this blog, you can find the link here. Call me callous, but I have no desire to revisit it emotionally all over again. So instead, this is my random thought: Question #1 really reminds me that I am sometimes not wanting to be a ‘grown up’. Especially when it comes to home ownership. I have to buy a lawnmower this month. Had planned on it, waiting for the bonus check to come in so I can do it. Instead, on Friday when I opened the freezer and sparks flew out of it, I realized that money (and quite a bit more) would instead be going to pay for a new refrigerator. $1100 later, I will have it delivered on Saturday. Only I still need a new lawnmower, as I am on the verge of being reported to the county for an overgrown lawn. Then the next morning I woke up and the toilet is spraying the wall behind it from underneath the cover when you flush, have that gerryrigged to hold until I can fix it. And now the washer is on the fritz.
It’s times like this I really miss having a landlord!