BLOGGING GRANDMOTHERS SERIES 2 WITH KIMBERLY FROM PASSING DOWN THE LOVE
The 15th blogging grandmother to be featured for the Blogging Grandmothers Series 2 is Kimberly.
NAME OF YOUR BLOG: PASSING DOWN THE LOVE
WHAT IS YOUR FAV SAYING: If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.
WHAT IS THE MOST UNUSUAL THING IN YOUR WALLET OR PURSE: I have a leather keychain with a coin on it that my niece brought back for me from her travels to Taiwan.
DO YOU UNTIE YOUR SHOES WHEN YOU TAKE THEM OFF: No, do you?
DOES WISDOM COME WITH AGE: I sure hope so. Learning from our experiences, watching others have successes and failures, and just being an observant person should teach us some good lessons. The trick is actually paying attention and implementing what we learn.
WHAT IS ONE THING THAT DRIVES YOU CRAZY: I’m really sensitive to noises. Crunching your ice, sniffing your nose, a rattle in the car… All the little noises others don’t hear or ignore make me crazy!
WHEN YOU WERE A CHILD, WHAT DID YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GREW UP: I had no idea. I still don’t.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU REALLY LIKE ABOUT YOURSELF: I try my best to be kind to others. I’m a good listener. I’m hoping these qualities make me a good friend.
DO YOU HAVE A GREEN THUMB: Definitely not. My Dad does. I look forward to the produce from his garden. Bright red, juicy tomatoes are my favorite!
HAVE YOU GONE THRU MENOPAUSE? IF SO, WAS IT HARD TO DEAL WITH: Yes, I have and yes, it can be hard. But it has been so long ago, that it’s pretty much history. I can tell you that I don’t miss the visits from Aunt Flo.
IF YOU COULD CHANGE ANYTHING ABOUT YOURSELF, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE: Concentration and focus are becoming more difficult with age. I start something and suddenly there is a bright shiny object over there. And off I go. More focus and the ability to complete a task before moving on would be very helpful.
WHO IS THE ONE PERSON WHO HAS HAD THE GREATEST IMPACT ON YOUR LIFE AND WHY: While my parents have had a tremendous impact on my life, I think back to a pivotal time in my young adult life. I was a timid, quiet, soft-spoken young woman. Working for an intimidating, fire-breathing, always angry she-boss, I was often the object of her attacks. One day, out of the blue, I quietly, respectfully told her that I did not deserve her tirade, that I was very capable, and that I would appreciate it if she would speak to me like an adult instead of screaming. She apologized and backed off. I quit that job the next week. I learned that I have value, that I am strong, and that it was ok to stand up for myself. It changed my outlook, my reactions, and my life from that day to this one.
COULD YOU TAKE A VACATION AWAY FROM ALL TECHNOLOGY AND IF SO FOR HOW LONG: I don’t think I could make it. I made a trip to the grocery store and forgot my phone. I didn’t have my grocery list, I couldn’t call if my car died, and what if someone had texted me while I was gone??
DO YOU KNIT, CROCHET, OR QUILT: I crocheted zigzag afghans for my sons when they were babies, 30+ years ago. I don’t do any of these things now.
IF YOU WERE STRANDED ON A TROPICAL ISLAND, WHAT 3 ITEMS WOULD YOU WANT TO HAVE WITH YOU: I’m going to assume that I’m stranded on an inhabited, modern, civilized tropical island because the airlines were unable to fly. I want to have my computer so I can blog about my adventures, money for food and lodging, and lots of sunshine!
ARE YOU EMBRACING OR FIGHTING GRAY HAIR: I am embracing it, for sure. But it’s not that big of a stretch for me. I’ve always been very blonde, and my grey is pretty close to the same color, just looking a lot lighter.
IF YOU HAD A TIME MACHINE AND COULD USE IT ONLY ONCE, WOULD YOU VISIT THE FUTURE OR THE PAST AND WHY: Heading to the future is probably out for me. I don’t really want to know what lies ahead. And going back? Maybe to say something to someone who is no longer here, or to try right a wrong against another person. But still. It might change the way things have turned out today, and I don’t want to do that. I am who I am because of where I’ve been and what I’ve done.
DO YOU BELIEVE IN EXTRATERRESTRIALS: I don’t NOT believe. I can’t say there are absolutely, positively no other beings outside of earth. I don’t know and won’t exclude the possibility.
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: My life might be interesting movie material with a few embellishments and truth stretching. Maybe a combination of Rene Zellweger and Drew Barrymore. A dramatic comedy would probably fit the bill.
HOW OLD DO YOU FEEL: While bones sometimes ache and energy levels are decreasing, the happiness and contentment I feel make growing older ok with me. I’m 60, it’s true. Some days I feel 40 again (never any younger, lol) and some days 80. Keep having fun, keep a positive attitude, and your age doesn’t matter.
WHAT ADVICE WILL YOU OR HAVE YOU GIVEN TO YOUR 18 YEAR OLD GRANDCHILD/GRANDCHILDREN WHEN THEY GRADUATE FROM HIGH SCHOOL: I would want them to know how much I love them. I would encourage them to be true to themselves, to follow their hearts, and to make many mistakes then learn from them. I actually wrote a post about this here: Things I Want my Grandkids to Know.
*Who will be the next grandmother to be featured in this series?
*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.