BLOGGING GRANDMOTHERS SERIES 2 WITH ALETHA FROM WATERCRESS WORDS
The 13th blogging grandmother to be featured for the Blogging Grandmothers Series 2 is Aletha.
NAME OF YOUR BLOG: WATERCRESS WORDS
WHAT IS YOUR FAV SAYING: God has not called us to be successful, but to be helpful. Quote from Mother Teresa.
WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING IN YOUR WALLET OR PURSE: I recently downsized to a small purse that doesn’t hold much. The most unusual thing is my wallet size medical doctor license. It may also be unusual to carry ear plugs; loud music hurts my ears, and I don’t want to damage my hearing.
DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF: Yes, but I prefer to buy slip on shoes.
DOES WISDOM COME WITH AGE: Only if one learns from the experiences that happen with age. Not everyone does.
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT DRIVES YOU CRAZY: People who smoke at the entrances to public buildings.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU REALLY LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF: I like to help people. If I see something that needs to be done, I will do it. Any place I go, visit, work, live – I try to leave better than when I found it.
DO YOU HAVE A GREEN THUMB: No.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE: I would be more socially relaxed, more comfortable meeting new people, and less nervous about public speaking.
WHO IS THE ONE PERSON WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE AND WHY: My mother. She named me for her mother and her sister, a name I disliked as a child and teen, but as an adult have come to appreciate what a precious gift it was. Although she did not have an education, my mother was determined that I would, and always made my school a priority. She was proud of my accomplishments professionally and personally. She loved me unconditionally. I lost my mother when I was 42 years old, and I think I feel her loss more now than ever.
COULD YOU TAKE A VACATION AWAY FROM ALL TECHNOLOGY AND IF SO FOR HOW LONG: I assume you mean computers, smart phones, internet. Yes, I wouldn’t mind at all. Life would just be different, I couldn’t do many of the things I do now, but I would replace it with something else. However, technology like electricity, hot water, and flush toilets I would definitely miss.
DO YOU KNIT, CROCHET, OR QUILT: None of these. I embroidered years ago, but haven’t in a long time, and don’t have an interest in it now.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A TROPICAL ISLAND, WHAT 3 ITEMS WOULD YOU WANT TO HAVE WITH YOU: The smart answer would be a satellite phone but you’re probably looking for something more philosophical. So I would choose my Bible, a photo album of my family, and a notebook and pen.
ARE YOU EMBRACING OR FIGHTING GRAY HAIR: I have very little, so I’m ok with it now. Ask me again in a few years.
IF YOU HAD A TIME MACHINE AND COULD USE IT ONLY ONCE, WOULD YOU VISIT THE FUTURE OR THE PAST AND WHY: I would like to visit the future so I could see what my descendants do with their lives. On both sides, my grandparents’ descendants include scientists, physicians, ministers, artists, computer professionals, musicians, athletes, a lawyer, an actor – and those are just the ones I know about. I think my grandparents would be amazed and pleased to see who came after them.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN EXTRATERRESTRIALS: Not yet. Since people on earth can’t get along, what would happen if we did encounter beings from another planet?
IF A MOVIE WAS MADE OF YOUR LIFE, WHAT ACTRESS WOULD YOU WANT TO PLAY YOU? WOULD THE MOVIE BE AN ACTION FILM, COMEDY, DRAMA, HORROR, ROMANCE, OR SCI-FI: A movie about my life would be rather boring, so it would be a documentary. The actress would be Roma Downey. She was convincing as the angel Monica in the TV show Touched by an Angel; I hope I have a guardian angel like her looking after me. She also serves as ambassador for Operation Smile, a non-profit which provides surgeries for children around the world who were born with severe cleft lip and palate.
HOW OLD DO YOU FEEL: I never think about how old I feel, I don’t feel any older than I did 40 years ago. I am often made aware of my age when I encounter certain milestones, like my 40th high school reunion, the first time I was offered a “senior” discount, and becoming eligible for Medicare. And I forget that even middle aged adults don’t remember major events like the Vietnam war, the Kennedy assassination, the first moon landing, and may not know much about them; I watched them happen live on TV. That is sobering.
WHAT ADVICE WILL YOU OR HAVE YOU GIVEN TO YOUR 18 YEAR OLD GRANDCHILD/GRANDCHILDREN WHEN THEY GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL: I probably won’t. I try to advise by example.
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*You can see those who have been featured on this page.
*If you would like to be featured, you must first join our Blogging Grandmothers group at Facebook. Click here to join. Once you’re approved as a member, let me (Grammy Dee) know you’re interested and we’ll get it set up.