1. What in your opinion is the point of life?
I believe that we come into the world to add something needed that no one else can provide. So, the point of life is to use your talents, skills, time, finances, and, most of all your capacity to love, to be a help to someone, whether family, friends, or strangers. It may be as simple as a smile or as complicated as adopting four nieces and nephews.
2. What was you most recent lie? You don’t have to get really specific, obviously.
I am doing much better!
3. What country do you consider the strangest? (It’s all in fun, folks. All countries seem strange to outsiders.)
I find America the strangest country. Immigration, voluntary or involuntary, resulted in a diverse people. Yet, after 400 years of sharing the country, we still cannot get past racism!
4. What’s your funniest story involving a car?
When I was in my thirties, I tried to learn to drive. After three days of lessons, the driving instructor had me get on the interstate. He gave me no instructions on how to get on, so I pulled onto I-285 in Atlanta and right into the path of a 18-wheeler, who was not happy. He put his high beams on me, and proceeded to blow his air horn. I decided while driving at about 60 mph that I did not want to drive any more, and I told the instructor.
The guy started screaming at me, and I promptly hyperventilated and passed out behind the steering wheel. When I came to, he had managed to get us off the highway. He was smoking, something he had given up, and telling his wife on a pay phone how much he loved her. When we got to my house, I asked when was my next lesson. He looked at me as if I had lost my mind, and said, “Some people were meant to be passengers, and you are one of them!
I didn’t learn to drive until I was 50, my birthday gift to myself. He should see me now driving all over the place, except on the interstates! Always get a second opinion, or a better driving instructor!
5. Do you have something you’re very thankful for or that showed kindness toward yourself or someone?
I am thankful that I talk to my youngest daughter every Sunday. No matter where I am in the world, she and I converse. It is the joy of my life that I am that important to another human being. Those calls are the reason I paid $400 for a new phone when we went to Spain last year, because my previous phone would not receive or send calls from Europe. We found that out after we got to Portugal the year before, and my poor daughter was a nervous wreck for three days before I figured out how to use Messenger on Facebook to let them know we were fine.
Written for the Share Your World from Sparks from a Combustible Mind for February 25, 2019.