1. When the children of today grow up, what do you think they'll say about this period in time? What do you most hope they remember?
Gosh I hate this question is first, because I don't want to start off negatively. I'll be frank - I'm worried about the nation and the world today - especially if things stay the same. We need to get God back and our attitudes better. The violence has to stop - in small things and in the bigger venue. I think this will have an affect on what the children today will think about this period when they get older. I would love for them ro remember the good old days with fondness.
2. National Teacher's Day is celebrated in the US of A on the first Tuesday in May, this year May 7th...share how a particular teacher positively impacted you.
You know I can't really remember a specific name - but what I do remember are the teachers who really and truly loved their subject matter - and taught it excitedly from their heart. Those were the classes and subject matter I liked better and learned the most from. I had an English Lit teacher who loved Beowulf, Shakespeare, etc and I just ate it up. Then there was a music teacher in college - I loved learning the different types of music because you could just see and feel his love for music.
3. What's a dish your mama made, that if set in front of you today would whisk you right back to childhood?
My mom made a great chili - the chili didn't have a lot of hot chili sauce or tomato sauce in it - guess you would say it was not the usual red chili. The chili had nice size bites of hamburger meat in it and kidney beans. It was delishious and she'd made some cornbread to go with it. I have yet to this day to be able to repeat the chili she made and I have tried.
4. Mother May I was a game we played when I was growing up...no pieces, parts, or plugs required. What games from childhood do you remember loving that were also pieces, parts, and plug-free?
Gosh when I was younger - and this is hard to believe - I would play outside most of the day. We had a back yard that, well had no ending, that I can remember - it was woods as far as I could see. There was a big white hill of sand by the creek and we would go out to play. I even climbed trees!!!!
Then of course there were paper dolls. Chatty Cathy and Posey Dolls. Checkers, pick up sticks, Chinese checkers, Red Rover, tug of war... We'd look for four leaf clovers. Play cards. It was such a simple time, but wonderful too. So much less stress then now. I think technology has stressed the kids out today and maybe even us to a certain extent.
5. Besides your own mother, tell us about a woman who influenced you as a child?
Beverly - she didn't influence me as a child - but she influenced my life more than any other woman I know. She is a woman a little older than me. I've known her for some 20 years - and she is my crone. I think everyone needs a crone to get advice from. And crones should find someone a little younger to be a crone too!
6. Mamma Mia! What's the best play or musical you've ever seen?
Okay I am going to say Mamma Mia. I LOVED that show. I watch it every month. Makes me happy. My girlfriend Jean and I will talk about it and she'll play a song from the song track every once in awhile and leave it on the phone message to me if I'm not home. It was just such a feel good movie. Love. Good ending. Positive. Strong women. Friendship. Growth. Loved the Alba music.
It was great. If you have not seen it - SEE IT!
7. What are three smells that make you feel nostalgic?
8. Insert your own random thought here.
I want to take the time to wish all the Women out there a Happy Mother's Day - even if you don't have children - you were a child and had a mother. Mother's job requirements are many and the pay is pitiful in monetary measurement. You won't get rich in money for sure. But hopefully you will be rich in love. Happy Mother's Day.
PS The giveaway for Jack's book ends tonight - if you're interested in the giveaway to get a copy of his new book - go back to Thursday's post and let me know.