Monday, January 15, 2007

Woodstock with Diamonds...that's me. remember them, right? Right? Well, I'm in a meme mood this morning and I found this one at An Island Life.

So here you go, consider yourselves tagged, just let me know if you do this so I can come and read yours.

1. If you had to choose one vice in exclusion of all others what would it be?

It would have to be fine dining. There is no other vice that even comes close.

2. If you could change one specific thing about the world what would it be?

That people would see each other for what they are instead of what they look like.

3. Name the cartoon character you identify with the most.

Woodstock. I'm quiet and reflective, small and flighty. And kind of live in my own little world at times.

4. If you could live one day in your life over again which one would it be?

It would be the day my then 12 year old daughter asked me to play basketball with her outside of our house. I had been working all day and just got home. She was all excited that I was finally home and was waiting for me to play with her. When I came out of the house dressed to play, my neighbor came by and started talking to me. Even though we'd lived in the house for a few years, I'd never had an opportunity to make friends with any one of the neighbors because I was a single mom and had to deal with all the work that entails. I was so excited that my neighbor was treating me like a regular person/neighbor that I made a stupid choice and held a lengthy conversation with her instead of playing ball with my daughter, who stormed into her room crying. I often think about that day and wish I would have spent the time with Jen instead of whatever-her-name was, because shortly after that the basketball hoop came down and my daughter went through her teenage years, never to return to that little girl wanting to play a game of basketball with her mom.

5. If you could go back in history and spend a day with one person who would it be?

Jesus, of course, during one of His last three years in the flesh.

6. What is the one thing you lost, sold or threw away that you wish you could have back?

The gold watch my father gave me when I graduated high school. I loved that watch. One very early morning, let's say around 2am, I was stupidly riding a subway in New York City...alone....and pregnant....and in a bad neighborhood. A bunch of bad ass dudes got on after me and surrounded me. I sat there as they tried to intimidate me until my stop. When I got up from my seat, I strutted away with my head held high and arms swinging. Then as I got to the door my gold watch went flying off of my wrist and slid right under their feet. I just looked at them and they just looked at me and I knew, beyond a shadow of a doubt that I had to leave it there and walk off the car.

7. What is your one most important contribution to this world?

My three awesome, talented and successful children.

8. What is your one hidden talent that nearly no one knows about?

The ability to squirt water out of my mouth by arching my tongue. My baby brother thinks this is the most awesome thing.

9. What is your most cherished possession?

I want to say my bible. I've had it since 1984. But there's something else too. My ex husband gave me diamond stud earrings that I wear all the time. Throughout our marriage I would sock away money and do without extras for me to be able to surprise him with gifts. He wouldn't reciprocate, he would just charge something, usually last minute and usually not something that I would like. One time when his daughter was making a list of the presents she would like for Christmas I decided that I was going to do the same. On the top of my list was a pair of diamond earrings, at least .5 carat each. I got them but he made a big deal out of how he got them for me to our friends, but he really just put them on my credit card. The earrings remind me that I have to stand up for myself and not assume that someone knows what I need. They also remind me that I have value.

10. What one person influenced your life the most when growing up?

A childhood friend, Karen Gabor. She and her family introduced me to art and music. Her mother taught me about love and caring.

11. What one word describes you better than any other?



Morning Glory said...

I REALLY enjoyed reading this!!

Happy Monday.

Dawn said...

What a great look into your past and your life. What a scary experience you had!!

Thanks for sharing yourself with us. Have a great Monday!

MugwumpMom said...

This was a great meme! Loved reading this. Your story about your daughter and the basket ball made me tear up..I have many memories like that concerning my kids and the regret gets heavy at times. Thanks for sharing.

yerdoingitwrong said...

Number 4 made me tear up, too! I have days that I wish I could re-do as well, but I think that as long as we learn from them then we're in good shape.

Looney Mom said...

I love this. You are so cute. Woodstock with diamonds... I TOTALLY see it! And thanks for reminding me to take advantage of those precious moments with my kids. They do grow up way too fast and get too busy for mommy! I don't want to miss a thing! And somehow I can picture you kicking some major butt! Glad you didn't have to hurt anyone! ;)

Anonymous said...

Hey there! I just came across your blog today! I did the meme and I enjoyed reading yours and I hope you enjoy reading mine :) Thanks for sharing!