I said to another Blogging from the Heart-er last week, it amazes me the overlaps and similarities we find among us. Not only the heartbreaks, losses, and celebrations that mark the passage of time, but also the quirky things like a shared desire to be in a flash mob or to play the ukelele. In that spirit, I’m revealing a few oddities today.
1. I’ve been an auntie since I was in kindergarten. I love being one and it’s a huge part of my identity. Even with only six years between my niece and I, I was still the doting aunt. And I’ve got three ‘greats’ who are now 11, 15, and 18!
2. I have selective fear of heights. LOVE flying, hot air ballooning, helicopters, looking out at panoramas from high buildings. But, I have to steel myself to climb down bleachers, ladders, or rocks.
3. I loved ice skating for fun when I was in high school and college, but never could figure out how to skate backward. Not once. It was as though turning around short-circuited the messages between my brain and my legs.
4. I won a Corvette on Wheel of Fortune many years back. (I sold it as soon as I took possession; too much money tied up in a car for my comfort.)
5. My love of my life who passed in ’09 was also the first boy I ever kissed back in school. We re-connected after thirty years. Once, in a late night conversation he said to me, “So, I was your first kiss. Wouldn’t it be something if you were my last?” I took it as a statement of willingness to become more deeply involved. It never occurred to me to think of it as a sign of impending doom.
6. I would like to learn to play the harp.
7. At some point in my life I would like to teach English in Spain for a year. Mostly because I’d like to become fluent in Spanish myself.
8. I LOVE color, yet my favorite flowers are white. White tulips for looks, and gardenias for scent. And actually add in pink or red camellias because they remind me of my mom.
9. I was not picked for the school choir after auditioning in fifth grade. I did get in for sixth grade. No matter how many people told the adult me that I have a beautiful voice, I carried around that ‘not good enough’ fifth grade verdict. It’s just been the last few years that I’ve really let myself feel comfortable singing in front of others.
10. I finger knit. A right-handed friend once tried to teach (left-handed) me to knit. You know, the normal way, with needles. I ended up sticking the right needle on my right thigh and working around it with my left needle. My entire knitting career lasted two rows. Then last year I saw this and was hooked.
I guess we’ve all got our quirks!
When my great nephew was little and he was cold he would snuggle up to me and say, “Auntie, can I have some of your warm?” So I will leave you with…
Some of my warm,