We all mean something to someone.
Participating in Cee’s invitation to share breaks my social anxiety shell. I really am shy.
Have you ever participated in a distance walking, swimming, running, or biking event? Tell your story.
I ran track in school and was really good in the relays, being the caboose and winning every race. I also raced my brother in high school and by then he had matured and was stronger and faster than I would ever be. In 2014 I participated in a Suicide Overnight walk in Seattle Washington, in honor of my brother. I trained for the walk for a year and finished the 18 miles, only needing to stop once. I was super proud of myself for walking alone, through some really dark alleys, never minding the men who scared the hell out of me. The precept, mind over matter and you can do anything, rang true that night. Towards the end of the 18 miles someone had taken the directional signs down and I ended up getting lost. Thank goodness for cell phones. My husband found me and we hailed a taxi back to the start. We found out we were less than a 1/4 mile away. It was a great experience and a necessary moment in my healing process.
Name one thing not many people know about you.
I am extremely shy. I am amazed how I am stretching myself and sharing not only in Cee’s challenge but also posting my poetry and random thoughts. Someday I will attend a poetry reading to read my poems, albeit miles away from home. The fact I can barely read to or let my family read my poems attests to the monumental achievement that reading will be. In the end, I am not sure I will ever be comfortable sharing but I’ll do it anyway. Thanks for reading.
What is your favorite flower? I struggle with this question. I seriously do not have a favorite. Every flower I love is for a different reason. Spring wildflowers are hopeful, sunflowers and butterfly weed are encouraging, forget-me-nots signify my love and fall wildflowers are the last hurrah before I cocoon over the winter.
Oh, how could I forget, the vibrant Oriental Poppy!! This just may be my favorite flower!! The papery petals whisk me away. They will bloom in my garden soon and the anticipation is taking up my thoughts. 🙂
Things I want to have in my home (paintings, hot tubs, book cases, big screen tv etc)
Funny this question is asked because I was sharing this very dream house with my daughter last week. When I was young, in my teenage years, I drew my dream home over and over. It was a one room beach bungalow, with a bed, expansive windows looking out on the ocean, a kitchen and a fireplace. I think this dream is coming alive again. I hope someday I can say I live in my dream house.
Optional Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I made it to the dunes on Saturday 4/8/2017. This Saturday, 4/15/2017, my son will be honored by the chemistry department at Indiana University for his four year involvement mentoring students and doing summer research with numerous scholarships. In the fall he heads to Ohio State and begins working on his PhD research and dissertation. So proud of him!! If you are reading Luke, way to go!!