Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Wednesday's Hodgepodge

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1.      When the children of today grow up, what do you think they'll say about this period in time? What do you most hope they remember?

They will probably say  that they can’t believe they had to text to communicate.  I hope they remember how important family is. 

2. National Teacher's Day is celebrated in the US of A on the first Tuesday in May, this year May 7th...share how a particular teacher positively impacted you. 

This one is easy.  When I was in high school it was Mr. Zenie who had a positive impact on me.  He was my Social Studies teacher.  He pushed me to reach my full potential and wouldn’t let me get away with anything but my best.  He saw something in me that I had not yet seen myself.  He suggested that I start volunteering in the Special Education class during my free periods.  I did and loved it even though I didn’t like school.  As much as I didn’t like school and couldn’t wait to graduate high school, I decided that I would go to college to become a teacher.  And that is just what I did!  I know the positive impact a good teacher can have and hope that I somehow positively impacted my students.  Before I graduated high school  I wrote about Mr. Zenie and what he meant to me for an English paper.  My English teacher asked if she could share it with him.  Of course I said yes.  I was so happy that he really knew how much he did for me.  When I graduated high school he presented me with an award that said “Things don’t change, people change.”  What sweet memories! 

3. What's a dish your mama made, that if set in front of you today would whisk you right back to childhood?                

My favorite dish that my Mom makes is pasta with sauce and neckbones.  I’ve been eating them since I was a kid and honestly I don’t think it is something I would eat for the first time as an adult.  The thought grosses me out a bit but they are so good that I just try to be thankful and dig right in!                                                          

4. Mother May I was a game we played when I was growing pieces, parts, or plugs required. What games from childhood do you remember loving that were also pieces, parts, and plug-free?

I loved playing Red Rover.  There would be two teams standing facing each other.  One team would hold hands and shout “Red Rover, Red Rover, we call _____ over.”  Then whoever it was that they called over would run and try to break through the hands that were being held. 

5. Besides your own mother, tell us about a woman who influenced you as a child?

This is an easy one since I have teachers on my mind.  It would be my first grade teacher, Mrs. Baker.  She asked me to be the new girl in our class’ special friend and show her around.  That new girl was Lynn and we became best friends.  She still is such a special friend to me , over 30 years later.  Mrs. Baker was such a great teacher.  When I was student teaching my class was pen pals with Mrs. Baker’s class.  I had the chance to hand deliver our letters and see her in person again. 

6. Mamma Mia! What's the best play or musical you've ever seen? 

When my husband and I were dating I took him to NYC to see a play and for dinner.  The play was off broadway and based on the Gospel of John.  It was a great time. 

7. What are three smells that make you feel nostalgic?

Ralph Lauren perfume, rose milk hand lotion, and Fun Dip candy. 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

I'm not sure why, but I can't seem to get my text to come up the right color and I can't align the first question.  Ugh!  



  1. I loved your story about Mr. Zenie. It touched my heart :)

  2. Your memories of Mrs. Baker and your wonderful friendship make me smile to read them. :)

  3. don't ya just hate editing online...

  4. Red Rover was a favorite!!

  5. I loved the stories about your teachers.

  6. Ah, yes. Red Rover. A childhood classic. Sadly, I don't think my own children have ever played it...

  7. I've been having a few issues with blogger in trying to get my posts and pictures to line up. Hopefully it's just a kink in the system. Neck bones? Like chicken necks? Hmmm...I don't think I ever ate the neck, but you reminded me we used to have a part called the back? and we loved it. Probably because it wasn't really any meat-just crispy good skin : ) Now I don't eat the skin, so I doubt I'd want that piece anymore.

  8. That was so cool that your teacher chose you and you are still best friends! That's right, I remember the Rose scented hand lotion.

  9. Love your "teacher story." Gotta love those kinds of teachers and impact they have on their students lives.

    It's so aggravating when text and such won't do as we want it to do. Sometimes these computers and gadgets have a mind of their own. :o)

    Happy rest of the week!


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