It was a rough weekend, and I’m feeling weary. So today I’m taking a tip from Danielle Bean who, when “stumped for blog material” recently, posted “10 Surprising Things About Me.” After all, what could be easier than talking about yourself?
1. I was born a lefty, but my first grade teacher Sr. Anita pressed me into right-handedness. I still prefer to do certain things with my left hand, like spin tops, snap my fingers, and clap.
2. I never learned to swim, ride a bicycle, or jump rope.
3. I’m a pretty good artist. I’m especially proud of a pencil sketch of Iron Man that I drew 35 years ago. I keep it posted above my desk in a plastic page protector.
4. I have a melancholic-phlegmatic temperament, and I process v-e-r-y s-l-o-w-l-y. If I don’t have time to form a complete thought before speaking, I usually end up expressing whatever thought my brain is currently producing on its long journey to coherence. This explains a certain Awkward Moment in an Elevator, where a stranger remarked on the nice weather, and I replied, “Yeah, like in that Julie Andrews movie.”
5. My children, husband, and I shared a “family bed” for over two decades.
6. I’m working on my public speaking skills, and I hope to have opportunities to give talks on the things I like best: faith, family, and food.
7. I suffer from Freddie’s Dead condition, which is characterized by a reluctance to speak up. I first showed symptoms of the ailment in 1972, when the Curtis Mayfield song “Freddie’s Dead” was in the Top Ten. One day my classmate Freddie – no relation to Curtis’ unfortunate friend – was called over the public address system to the principal’s office. I pictured poor Freddie being scolded by strict Brother Raymond, and I thought to myself, ‘Uh-oh, Freddie’s dead.’ Then I remembered the song by that name and thought, ‘Hey, that’s funny! Should I say it? Should I say, ‘Freddie’s dead’ out loud? Wouldn’t it be great if everyone laughed at my joke?’ Of course, while I was dreaming about wowing the class with my wit, another classmate named Steven delivered the line and got the laughs.
8. I like old stuff, and have a particular interest in media from the 1950’s and early 1960’s. I also enjoy researching weird television test patterns.
9. When I watch movies, I never cry at sad scenes, only happy ones.
10. I’ve won the local library’s poetry competition two years in a row.