I have absolutely no patience when I am out shopping and someone is taking up the whole aisle by standing in the middle and don’t notice or don’t care that I would like to get by and they do nothing. I get it if it is a momentary lapse, I have done that too, but if you are standing there with me waiting for more than lets say, 30-40 seconds, you know I’m there and you are too into yourself to care. Really elderly people don’t bother me, nor do people who are struggling with something in someway. I can understand the obstacles of busy shopping.
What kind of music do you like? When I get asked this I will often say Disco or Country but then I think about how much I love Queen and Andy Grammer, I love listening to Jazz, instrumental, piano. I don’t know how to pinpoint what my favorite is.
What is your favourite food? Again, hard to pinpoint. I love cooked shrimp. I love the way it smells when it is grilled. I can live without chicken, beef, and pork even though I do enjoy some of the recipes I get. I could live on Shrimp, Air-fried Cauliflower, and Raspberries!
What is your favourite tipple? Margaritas on the rocks with salt is an always favorite. I love Jack Daniels and Coke. In a can or bottle I love Twisted Tea. For those who don’t drink, what do you order when out with friends?
What relaxes you (music, reading, walking, meditation, yoga etc) piano music and creating things in my workspace.
Gratitude: How often do you have some ‘Me Time’? I have a lot of time to myself but I am not completely alone very often. I see them differently because being alone is more relaxing to me than just doing something by myself.
Well, you’ve lived longer than you thought! I would love to sit and reminisce but lets first take a look at all you’ve accomplished. One, you were a teacher, and a good one at that. Second, you were a really great mother. I know, it is still hard to think about your son and your first husband all these years later but you may soon see Bob and Joey, your mother and all the rest of your loved ones who passed. Your daughter and you became really close though and that helped mend your broken heart. Your siblings, well lets not put that on the list of accomplishments, even though you did put a lot of effort into maintaining those relationships! Third, you really used your creative inspiration to make a lot of wonderful things that people really seemed to love; your miniatures, your pottery, jewelry, rosaries, and crocheted blankets to name a few! You sewed just like your mother did and don’t forget about all those Christmas Fairs you sold everything at!
I think at this point you can be happy knowing that you were a good, honest and loving person your whole life. You had a few bumps here and there that you probably don’t need reminding about, but you learned lessons from each of those mistakes and mishaps. You were married twice and very lucky to find two husbands that adored you and wanted to give you the world. With them both you were able to visit other countries and see how other cultures live and thrive. You loved international, authentic cuisine!
We could make so many lists! Schools you taught at, towns you lived in, states you lived in, jobs you had, friends you had…It could go on and on. Remember when you worked in Epcot Center! And your first job teaching at Hickory Street School? Then there was High Roads, Benny Dover, and finally Putnam. They all had their goods and bads.
You had so many friends from when you were young up until you are reading this right now. Your Guilford friends, your college friends (who ended up not really being good friends at all, but you had fun for a while!), your teaching friends, your at-home friends, I could go on and on. I know there were a few that disappointed you and I am sure you did that to them as well, but it was never intentional, you were very caring your whole life.
I guess the only thing I didn’t mention was your writing! Hahaha, here I am writing you a letter and I forget to mention your writing. Remember you published the Penelope books? All the contests you entered, manuscripts you sent out…You did a lot with it and you got better and better every year.
I hope you are proud of yourself and all of your accomplishments. You always were a little hard on yourself. You really never had any reason to be insecure, but that’s all hindsight! Anyhow, enjoy the rest of your days. You have a lot of people who love you here on earth and a lot who you will see when you go to the next place.
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