Thursday, February 02, 2006

Terrell's Thursday Thirteen Meme

Last Thursday Terrell (at Alone on a Limb) presented an original Thursday Thirteen and challenged some of us to anwer his introspective questions. My TT this week is a response to that challenge. Why don't you try it? It is hard work; but you are worth getting to know better!! Be sure to link to Terrell's blog so we can see how far this meme travels.

  1. What is your earliest memory? It is hard to say what I actually remember and what I remember being told about. The first memory I have that I am sure is actually MY memory is playing kick the can with a large group of kids in the street in front of my paternal grandparents' house in the small mill village of Milstead near Conyers, Georgia. We also roller skated in large groups all over town (remember the skates one attached to his/her shoes using a "skate key" which he/she kept on a string around the neck?) About that same time in my memory collage, there is a pic of me, my older sister, and a couple of cousins drawing a hopscotch diagram in my maternal grandmother's dirt yard. Later we used a broom to "erase" that diagram and replaced it with a circle. Now we were set up for a spirited game of marbles.
  2. What was your longest hike? Around Stone Mountain in the Wesley Walk for Others. We did that the last week of October for several years. The circumference of the track is a little over 8 miles.
  3. When were you most alone? This is another hard one. I think I am somewhat of a loner -- I almost always feel alone. I am thankful that I enjoy my own company and actually prefer being alone much of the time.
  4. Describe a carefree moment of your life. One day last Spring, when I was feeling particularly energetic, I drove to the nearest trailhead of the Silver Comet Walking Trail, got out of the truck, loaded a story CD into my portable player, took my cellphone and a bottle of water, and strode off down the trail. When next I thought about it, almost two hours had passed. Reluctantly I turned around and retraced my steps in the gathering twilight, listening to a good story, breathing fresh air, seeing gorgeous scenery, and being totally absent from life's daily concerns.
  5. What has been your most daring moment? Possibly the same one listed in #4? I am most definitely not a daredevil!
  6. Describe what you admire about someone you consider a personal hero/heroine. My mother has always had the courage to embrace whatever changes have come along in her life. After being a stay-at-home mom for a number of years, she fearlessly took an outside job, driving in heavy city traffic and working at job she didn't particularly enjoy because that was need of the family at the time. Many women of her generation would have balked at that drastic change. She got her high school diploma and college degree slowly over a period of more than 40 years while raising 7 children. At an age when many people are retiring, she again embraced a drastic life change when my father died. She agreed to accept a position as pastor of the church his death left pastorless. In doing so, she accepted the call of God on her life and spent 3 more years getting her graduate degree while she worked more than fulltime as a pastor. By the time she was fully ordained in the United Methodist Church, she only had 3 more years to serve before mandatory retirement. She has continued to adapt happily to changing circumstances through the years since her "retirement." (Check out her blog at Ruthlace.)
  7. What is your most interesting/outstanding talent? My ability to see both sides of almost any issue with approximately equal clarity is both a talent and a curse. It is hard to be dogmatic about anything when you see the other side of the issue too. As a result, I believe that I am often perceived as passionless or gutless.
  8. You have won a free seven day airfare to the destination of your choice. Where and why? Austrailia because it is there - and a long way away.
  9. Climb aboard my time/space machine. You get one turn and must return after the equivalent of a week's visit. Where, when, and why? I will spend one 2006-day each in Spain, Indonesia, Hawaii, Alaska, and Germany; I will spend one 1947-day in Milstead Georgia, and one 1947-day in Porterdale, Georgia. The first 5 days are because I have never been to those countries/states. The last two days are for the joy of revisiting my grandparents, my youthful parents, and my own childhood.
  10. You have been appointed executor of my $10,000,000 charitable estate. How will you use it? I will follow to the best of my ability the instructions you have left as to the dissemination of your funds. If some is left to my discretion after your requests have been met, I will invest 3/4 of it and designate that only the interest be used to provide homes for worthy, hard-working citizens whose life-circumstances have left them with little financial security. The other 1/4 I will take as my stipend for administering the estate. This sum will be used to provide a comfortable lifestyle for me and my family and some security for our own future.
  11. What is your proudest accomplishment? Having produced two intelligent adult children who are contributing members of society and who have each added three intelligent and beautiful human beings to the American salad bowl. These newest ingredients promise to be just the right spices to make the salad perfect!
  12. What question/assignment would you add to this meme? I would ask "What is the greatest regret you have about how you have lived your life up to this point?
  13. Write a diamante about a person, place, or thing that this meme has brought to mind.


joyful, brief

growing, glowing, knowing

bold, confident, hesitant, unsure

remembering, evaluating, wondering

joyful, brief

old age

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