Was school easy or difficult for you? How so?
By the time I started formal school (before there was pre-school or kindergarten available to us, in a one room country schoolhouse a mile and a half walk from our farm) I was six years and four months old and fairly bursting with enthusiasm to know everything there was to know. Like a greedy little sponge I soaked it all up and chalked up the A’s. I remember it being academically easy breezy all the way through grades one to eight. High school showed me how socially awkward I could be (there’s some skills that are hard to teach) and that I might not be as smart as I had always imagined. Oh, I continued to get marks in the 90’s, but suddenly I was 15th in a class of thirty brainiacs. Middle of the road! What? Yep, it’s a big world out there, full of people with all kinds of mad talents.
Teachers College taught me that I did not want to teach. By the time I got around to going to University it had finally dawned on me that no one really cares whether you pass with a 95 or a 65, except maybe your professor. Or your mother. It was kind of nice to slack off and stop trying so hard.
Then I got married in a time when it was normal to set your own goals aside and support your husband in achieving his. So I worked and had babies while he pursued his career. I didn’t resent it, I was too damned busy to worry about such things. We did what we did for each other and our kids. In comparison to real life, school was just a fondly remembered walk in the park.
However, going back to school when I was about half a century old was not easy at all because of the self-discipline involved in getting my lazy brain to perk up and learn new skills. I spent four years working full time while taking the optical courses required to become a licensed optician and contact lens fitter. And yeah, I got 90’s! I guess it all came back to me.
Now I am retired and the only tests I want to take from now on are the moronic ones on Facebook which make you question your sanity for even reading them.
What is your favorite animal?
I like giraffes, zebras and elephants. As well as wallpaper borders which prominently feature them, in case you failed to guess that. I also think tigers are beautiful, fierce and majestic. However, if any or all of these favourites were galumphing about in my backyard and I had to clean up after them, I might like them slightly less. I will try to be happy with the magpies and the squirrel. And the occasional wandering house cat.
If you had to have your vision corrected would you rather: glasses or contacts?
Well I could write a book on this one, but I will take a stab at being precise and brief instead. You might not have a simple choice of either/or, depending on your prescription. So go with whatever your eye care professional advises for you. Because she is undoubtedly incredibly smart and probably scored 90’s on all her exams.
List: Name at least five television shows (past or present) you enjoyed.
Like the rest of this post, in random order and all over the place:
- Once Upon a Time
- Doctor Who
- Sense 8
- The Good Wife
- White Collar
- Covert Affairs
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I meant to have some art ready for your perusal by now, but the thing I’m working on is half-finished and needs to cook. Or sit at room temperature while I ponder what to do with it next. So, any day now. I am grateful for having no deadlines.
Next week, who knows? I live each day as it comes, savour and bask in the pleasure of now, and try not to let my mind wander too far in to the murky depths of the future. In other words, I will know what I was looking forward to when it gets here. This way there is little room for disappointment.
It’s a gorgeous sunny late August day, and time for my mail walk. Or saunter. Yes, I think this might be a good day for a saunter. I’m giving myself an A for that decision.