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Saturday, July 22, 2006

MeMe Minus Mouse

This update meme brought to you by Bess and the silent letter "e". Shhhh....

What was the scariest thing (or one of them if you’ve had many adventures) you ever experienced?
The most scared I've ever been was when I was the only one awake in the house the morning of my cancer surgery and writing a letter to my husband in case something went wrong.

Do you plan to retire where you are right now or move somewhere else?
I love this area (MD/VA) but I hate where I live now. So a little bit of both. I'd like to stay within an hour or so of Baltimore, but have land and an actual home (with doors that actually close) and a little more room.

Three little gifts you’re always glad to get:
Love letters
Any "I just saw this and thought of you" from someone who really gets me
Something hand made

4 careers you might have enjoyed:
Animal trainer
Writer
Drama teacher
Performer in musical theatre

A book you loved as a child but found disappointing as an adult:
I really can't think of any - books change as I change, and the books that I was really passionate about as a child grew with me. Black Beauty, Roots, Chronicles of Narnia, the Laura books, all became more multi-dimensional to me as I matured.

"Somebody ought to do (invent, make, write) that!
A DVD system that will play a director's commentary into headphones, so that I can watch/listen to that without forcing my husband to.

Where or on what could you easily drop $100? - up to 5
Yarn/Fiber
Books
Manicure/pedicure
Plants
Bookshelves/furniture (hardly counts since it's almost all more than $100, but I like to shop for/buy it)

Name an adult, not a parent, who really had an impact on you before you were 18 and what made such an impression.
Judy owned the horse farm I grew up on and eventually worked on for a time. Without her ever saying it directly, I learned from her that animals and people will give you back what you expect from them. She bought/adopted/rescued animals who had been abused or neglected, nursed them back to health, and gave them lives working at her farm. Animals that people thought were nothing more than dog food would do anything for Judy, because she respected them, loved them, and gave them a second chance. If you expect an animal to be stupid, why should they prove you wrong? If you expect an animal to be intelligent and worth your time, they will prove you right. I often get asked why my animals are all so intelligent and full of character, and I think of Judy when I answer "because I allow them to be".

8 Comments:

Anonymous PuppyMomma said...

Hey, there's like 20 houses for sale around here! And because our area isn't part of a "community" with by-laws and everything, you could own various livestock...think sheep. Or maybe a llama. My friends had chickens.

12:21 AM  
Blogger The Purloined Letter said...

I especially love your answers to the first and last questions. So poignant. (BTW, children are just like animals.)

8:54 AM  
Anonymous Monica said...

I like your answer to the last question. I think it's a good way to approach animals and people.

2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The last question I don't think I could answer, because I think there were so many people. It was never one big thing, just a huge collection of little pushes until I fell over the edge. The edge is another story, and I didn't quit hanging onto the edge/ finally learn my lesson until a couple of years ago.
sallyjo

5:43 PM  
Anonymous Adele said...

Your scariest thing comment reminded me, I wrote one of those letters too. Most difficult thing I ever did, Wept buckets. 14 years, no longer counting. Also the waiting time between check-ups and results. The thin black line on the horizon grew and grew during those waits until it filled the whole sky. Terrifying! I truly hadn't thought of that for years. Realizing that, feels pretty good. Take good care of yourself.

9:40 AM  
Blogger Elinor said...

I love that about the animals. It's completely true, too. And "the Laura books", are they the Laura Ingalls Wilder books? Because I adore those so much.

6:33 PM  
Blogger brandy said...

I have a couple mice with balls (sorry, don't mean that to sound dirty) that we don't use. Would you like a mouse? Or just a mouse ball? I have your addie and can gladly sent one.

10:19 PM  
Blogger RedThread said...

Hey, thanks for teaching me how to use a wheel last night! I had a great time! I hope I get Friday nights off at my new job so I can keep coming!
--Sarah

12:40 PM  

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