Ok, time for a little summertime entertainment! One March Day had this fun post about an interview and I decided to join in. Man, she sent me some doozy questions! It’s taken me nearly two weeks to come up with my answers. Thanks for the challenge, OMD!
With no further ado, here’s a little something about me:
1) What is your favorite movie? Why?
I think I would have to say “It’s a Wonderful Life.” This is probably one of the few movies I could watch over and over. Of course, I’m a sucker for Jimmy Stewart anyway. He kind of reminds me of my late grandfather…a little bit. I am also a sucker for the sappy, love-conquers-all, goodness-wins-in-the-end kind of story. And when George finds Zuzu’s rose petals in his pocket…aw, man I cry EVERY time. Other favorites are some of the old Shirley Temple classics. Yeah, I’m a sap, I admit it proudly!
2) If you had to be represented by an object in your home, what would you choose?
Hopefully I would NOT be represented by the gobs of cat hair accumulating on my furniture! LOL. Ok, seriously, this is really hard. I love my house even though it’s not my ideal. It’s a small, old townhouse in a gorgeous setting (I look out onto state forest land and a creek in back) and it’s filled with lots of old family heirloom type knick-knacks and various sorts of sentimental stuff. Well, that and tons of Nik’s toys, too. I think though, the thing that I would choose to represent me is my Nana’s violin bow —which is framed in a beautiful shadow box style gold frame and hangs where I can see it every time I come through my front door. To everyone else it is just a violin bow. To me though, it is the embodiment of things I loved about my Nana and which, I hope, I embody as well. A passion for music and learning —Nana was a concert violinist and spoke seven languages! Honoring family and tradition, simplicity (well, ok, maybe I don’t quite embody that one!), and finding time to appreciate nature and the peacefulness of the woods. Just the sight of that bow can evoke powerful memories for me of times spent with my Nana and Granddaddy in their log cabin in the mountains. Peaceful, easy times.
3) What was your most memorable childhood experience and how has it impacted your outlook on life?
Oh boy, this is super tough. I’m not sure I have one specific memory. Rather, a collection of emotional remembrances of time spent with my grandparents —especially with my mother’s parents (Nana and Granddaddy). I have memories of my own home being full of turmoil at times. Trips to stay with my grandparents would always leave me feeling peaceful and safe. Memories of walking through the woods or up the mountain to visit a neighbor. Skinny dipping in the pond in the early morning light —something Nana did every day. Fields of black-eyed Susan’s and clusters of white birch trees. The sounds of Nana’s violin echoing through the quiet wilderness. Time spent with adults who treated me with a respect usually reserved for other adults. The poets, writers, artists, and farmers who were all a part of the quiet mountain community.
I guess the way all that has impacted my outlook on life is that I have always had a strong sense of the need for and importance of creativity. The ability to find the lessons in life, the beauty in wherever I am —I’m not sure. But it definitely provided an anchor for me at a time when it was sorely needed. Maybe that’s the impact —a greater appreciation of the importance of family and community connection.
4) If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, who would you pick and why?
Um, can I pick a group of people? I’m going to “cheat” and say my great-grand parents on both sides of my family. I’d love to know more about them and what their lives were like because their backgrounds are so incredibly diverse. I want to know how their paths crossed and what forces drove them to join destinies.
My paternal grandfather’s family traveled the Oregon Trail in a wagon and settled in Colorado, Iowa and Washington. My paternal grandmother’s is descended from passengers on the Mayflower; they became bedrocks of the communities they helped to settle. On my mother’s side, there are Scottish-born English loyalists run out of the colonies, Native Americans who wed Portuguese settlers, and Italian immigrants who came through Ellis Island — all embodied by her grandparents. I think their histories must be so incredibly fascinating yet they are, with few exceptions, lost forever as no one thought to record them.
5) If you could make one fairytale or fable come true with yourself in it, which would you pick?
Ok, I have to confess to a horrible memory for fairy tales —it’s been a few decades since I’ve read any. Nik will not sit still long enough for me to read to him either. L So, I did a little research and came up with this one —Ricky of the Tuft. In this particular tale, I would be the fairy bestowing the “gifts” upon Ricky and the princesses. Ricky, of course, would be Nik and in the end would have the life and love he always wanted, complete with a beautiful princess to help bring out the beauty within him. Oh, to have the magical powers of the fairy to be able to grant one’s child ease and grace…
So, there you have it —the “inside scoop” as it were, on me — Niksmom!
If you’d like to participate, here’s what to do:
1. Leave a comment requesting to be interviewed.
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions of my choice.
3. Post your answers to my questions on your blog.
4. Include this explanation and offer to interview anyone who asks.
5. When someone asks to be interviewed, you will email them five questions of your choosing and they will answer on their blog.