Answering questions from Roger and Melanie for Share Your World.
- What happened to cause you to discover ‘bullies” were real?
I was in the 7th grade and a new studnet to the school. I got into an argument with one of the “popular” boys, and he called me a name., Little Monster, and it stuck. From that day, some one screamed that name into my face, up until I graduated high school. Boys used it to embarrass other boys, calling me their girlfriend. I have always wondered if cruelty is in our DNA.
2. Eavesdropping- When given the chance, how often do you eavesdrop?
I try not to ever eavesdrop, because the times when I have, I never found the information positive or life-affirming. I have heard things I wish I hadn’t known, so I don’t do it any more.
3. Escalators, at one time, were the ‘next big thing’. When was the last time you rode an escalator?
I love escalators! I love the luxury of walking up them, knowing I can stop when tired and still reach the top. I loved the ones in Washington, DC, because they are long. The last one would have been at the airport, which seems so long ago, in this isolation.
4. Have you ever ‘let’ someone win in a sports competition or a board game? How did it turn out?
I used to always allow the men I dated to win at board game. But, then some would get the “big head” and boast on the prowess of males over females. So, I started letting them “earn” their wins, which was seldom, for I came to love beating the pants off them. It meant fewer dates, though.
Do our fears start with our DNA? (Credit to Rory)
I believe that the “fight or flight” response is in our DNA. But, what we fear may be less about DNA. I have never heard of anyone inheriting a fear.
If you could have your hair any colour for 24 hours, what colour would you choose? (Credit to Sandmanjazz)
I would love it the original color before I had chemo for colon cancer, a sort of deep brown. I liked it, but, truth be told, I love the gray. I think I earned the gray.
When do you think a person gets old? (Credit to Rory)
I think there’s a difference in when a person gets old and when they feel old. We define old as turning 65, when Social Security is possible. But, a person feels old when they think they can no longer be productive to society and they disengage from activities. I am old at age 68, and there’re days when I feel old and others when I don’t recognize the old lady with gray hair staring at me from the mirror.
GRATITUDE SECTION (as always this is optional)Please feel free to write about an uplifting moment in your life this week.
After nearly three years of blogging, I now have over 1000 followers. I remember wondering if I would ever hit 10. So, I am grateful that people read my words and send me comments. It makes my day, still!