I decided to participate in the Share Your World orchestrated by Sparks from a Combustible Mind. Here are my answers.
1. What are the most important lesson(s) you have learned in life?
Don’t let fear keep you from the view at the top. If nobody says your dreams are crazy or impossible, you have not dreamed big enough, so keep dreaming. Being called the weird one is a good thing, as it means you took a risk when others remained in the same place their whole lives. Lastly, if a child or a dog doesn’t like the person you bring home, pay attention, for both have the uncanny ability to see through the phoniness, a skill we sometimes lose in our desperation to be liked as adults.
2. How did you meet your husband/wife or significant other? How did you know he/she was “the one”?
We met on an Internet dating site called Christiancafe.com. He sent me an email asking to know me. I thought he had sent it to the wrong person, as he is white and I am black. After he convinced me that he had the right person, having seen my picture on my profile, I agreed to meet him.
On our first real date, we went out to eat, and we got lost trying to find the restaurant. I was supposed to be giving directions. He just laughed and said that we would eventually find it. He never got mad or called me stupid or hurled insults at me like my ex-husband. That was important for me having endured physical and verbal abuse. I knew then he was the one for me, as a gentle soul was just what I needed to live life free from fear when I would inevitably mess up.
3. If you could take a year-long sabbatical, what would you do?
If I could get my husband to take off for a year, we would visit every major museum in the world, including the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the Prado and the Reina Sofia in Madrid, all the museums of Paris, and every museum with a large Viking ship.
4. What is your favorite thing to buy at a movie theater concession stand? (Credit The Haunted Wordsmith for this one,)
My absolute favorites which are hard to find today would be a box of Milk Duds and a box of Whoppers. I loved eating them slowly as the movie went along.
5. What are some holiday traditions you and/or your family observe in December?
I did not grow up in a family with Christmas traditions, and I actually do not remember any Christmases as a child or teenager. And, alas, I never thought to create any for my children. Now, I try to read the story of the birth of Jesus in Luke 2 each year, to remind myself of the wonder of Jesus’s birth and the magnitude of the gift that God gave the world in giving us a Savior who is alive and still intervening on our behalf. I hope to read the verses to great-grandchildren in the coming years.