There’s been a meme-ish sort of thing going around the Blogosphere for a long time now called the Interview Game. The deal is that you agree to answer a 5-question interview by another blogger and to in turn interview others who want to play.
I did this when I first started blogging - I had literally only had a blog about 5 or 6 weeks when I posted my answers to those first questions. And since I only had about 3 readers at the time (at most!!) no one asked me to interview them in turn. So when I saw this game start coming around again to some blogs I read, I thought why not! So I volunteered to be interviewed by Janet.
Here are her questions and my answers, and afterward I’ll tell you how to play if you’re interested.
1. What do you miss most about where you were born?
My first thought is to say nothing because I still visit that area quite often. I was born in Cincinnati and, despite several moves over the years, am currently living just about 75 miles away from there, so I still spend a bit of time there.
But my second thought is that I miss being able to spend more time with my family. They stayed close to home and I was the one who left. I see them (and we call and email) but my brother, sister, and Dad all live closer to each other than I do to any of them, and it’s not like I can just pop over there (or have them over here) on a whim like they can with each other. I live just far enough away from them all that being able to spend time with them takes a bit more planning, and since I really enjoy spending time with them, sometimes I feel like I’m missing out on a lot of fun by not living closer to them all.
So that’s my answer - being closer to my family.
2. When did you really feel you’d grown up?
I don’t know. I know some people talk about having a defining moment when they realize they are actually an adult, despite having no specialized training, or passing an exam, or receiving a Masters of Grown-upedness Degree, but I don’t remember any particular moment like that. With me I think it was more of a gradual realization - one that slips now and then, even at my age.
I will say that one of the first things I remember making me feel grown-up was the first time I bought furniture for myself. For some reason, choosing and buying furniture, after living with hand-me-down and scrounged make-do stuff up to that point, felt like a very adult thing to me at the time - even more so than buying a car or a house.
3. Tell us one of your best memories!
As I’m writing this, there’s a thunderstorm rumbling in the distance and it reminds me of being at my paternal grandparents’ house on a hot, muggy summer night. We were sitting on the front porch, messing with some sort of produce from their garden, although after all these years I don’t remember exactly what we were doing - shelling peas, breaking beans, something like that. Off in the distance, way off across some farm fields, there was a drive-in and the screen faced the front porch of their house, so we could see the movie playing, far off and tiny, although I no longer remember which movie it was - or maybe I never knew.
Of course we couldn’t hear the words, but I can remember making up stories in my head to go along with what I was seeing on the screen. As we were sitting there, watching the film, talking a bit, shelling peas (or breaking beans), a thunderstorm started to move toward us, and lightning was flashing in the sky all around that distant screen. It was scary and beautiful and exhilarating to watch the storm roll past a silent story unfolding in the distance, before it got close enough to chase us into the house.
4. What scent or smell do you like best?
I can’t name just one, but some of my favorites are vanilla, cinnamon, almost any old-fashioned fragrant flowers (like lilacs, peonies, jasmine, viburnum), the ocean, freshly-shampooed hair, baking bread.
When I say music, what pops to mind?
Listening to the radio in the car (most likely a classic rock oldies sort of station) and singing along.
If you want to play the Interview Game, here’s what you do:
1. Leave me a comment saying, “Interview me.”
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them five questions.
EasyPeasy, right? Thanks for the questions, Janet!
Here’s today’s Daily Art Thang:
“Wild Violet” (clickable)
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