My friend Judith, at her blog Touch2Touch, offered a challenge she herself accepted from one of her blogging friends. I've done memes from time to time and have enjoyed in turn learning tidbits about others I might not have suspected. Here are my answers to questions selected from the two sets she posted.
1. What was your favorite pastime when you were young? Reading. No matter that the weather spoiled outdoor plans or a playmate disappointed; a good book always saved the day.
2. What do you do for play now? I still read (when I'm not out of doors gardening or hiking about).
3. If you could make one change to your life, right now, and have it stick, what would it be? I'd restore the keen eyesight I had as a child.
4. What is your most memorable meal? Fish & Chips eaten while sitting on a bench overlooking the Avon River.
5. What do you miss most about being a kid? My uncomplicated sense of time. The days spun out before me as unending.
6. If you could go back in time and tell yourself one thing, what would it be? Don't put too much emphasis on what other people think of you.
My mother grew up with the dictum, What will people think? guiding her every moment. That question has colored my life in not-so-pretty colors; I'm ready now to follow with questions of my own: Who cares and why? Once those are answered, I can decide whether to let it matter or not.
7. You find a $50 bill but you have to spend it right now—what do you buy? Food for the local food pantry.
8) What is your favorite movie adaptation of a book? Least favorite? The Horse Whisperer was brought to life by Robert Redford. On the other hand, Gone With the Windwas far superior between book covers.
9) Where is your favorite place to write?
I have two. The first is in my tiny office space, sitting in front of my computer. The second is ensconced on the swing in my screened tent during the warm months. I type much faster than I write but when I'm out of doors I don't mind slowing down and writing by hand.
10) What was your favorite toy as a child? I had a lap-sized chalkboard framed in wood. It's smooth gray surface held anything I cared to draw, and the swipe of a rag undid it all. I loved the impermanence of it; mistake or masterpiece suffered the same fate. Nowadays I have a Zen Board that works much the same way. Whatever I draw on it disappears in time. It's a life lesson I need to remember over and over.
11) What is the greatest accomplishment of your life?
My children. They are marvelous people and though I can't claim that they are wonderful because of me, I can claim that they are here because of me. Having them was worth every bit of anxiety, pain, worry and frustration because loving (and being loved by) them outweighs every negative.
*Bonus* 12) What are the top five things on your bucket list?
1. Spend lots more time with my grandchildren
2. Learn to swim
3. Publish a book of poetry
4. Revisit Europe
5. Take classes in etymology, book binding, drawing, and any other subject that takes my fancy.