This morning I think I could use a little lightheartedness, so I’m creating a post out of a post by Brian Lageose wherein he posted some philosophical questions for his readers to do with as they chose. I have chosen to turn them into a post of my own, to be answered or not as I wish.
1. Do you happily eat the licorice jellybeans, or do you hurl them aside in wretched disgust? Eating any flavor of jellybean feels pretty much like eating chewy sugar to me, so I don’t eat jellybeans. Of any flavor. But if I did, yes, I would eat the licorice flavors too. And probably wonder why on earth I did that afterwards.
2. If you had to choose a vegetable for the title of your autobiography, which one would it be? Vegetable? Why not fruit? Because if it was fruit, I would choose Prunes and Plums. Like most people, parts of my life have been like the result of eating prunes and other parts have been very sweet. Are there any vegetables that meet that criteria? Maybe Brussel Sprouts and Peas?
3. Whilst reading the last few pages of an engrossing novel where you still don’t know the answer to “the big question”, are you able to calmly do so, or do you have to fight to keep your eyes from flitting to the final paragraph prematurely? In my impatient youth, I’m sure I skipped to the end more than once. But as I’ve mellowed (that’s so much nicer than aged), I no longer skip to the end – although I do race a little more quickly through the words to get to the end.
4. Can you remember the name of the first book you read that didn’t have any illustrations? Ha! My memory does not go back that far. If you thought it did, you’d be quite the dreamer.
5. What literary character best represents the dreams that you are made of? Don’t know. Can’t answer that one. That could be another memory thing.
6. What was your favorite piece of clothing (or accessory) that you wore in high school? Did you steal said item? Probably my fortified white bobby sox and my white bucks. Does that age me, or what? No, I didn’t steal them.
7. Do you know where your last high school yearbook is right at this moment? No. I have no idea. Too many life changes, too many location changes, bits and pieces have disappeared.
8. Let’s assume that you have done something that you shouldn’t have. No one knows you have done it and no one ever will unless you say something. If you don’t confess, your innocent best friend is sentenced to a year in prison but then wins the lottery on the day of release from said prison and becomes a millionaire. (Friend never learns of your duplicity.) If you do confess, you get ten years in prison and no lottery win. Your choice? One of the people that commented on Brian’s post said she’d like to say she would confess, but reality is she probably would not. I have to say the same, and like she said, I am not proud of this.
9. Do you have anything in your home that actually belongs to a former employer? Not that I’m aware of. I have some boxes of paper clips and things from my husband’s office, but since he owned his business I don’t think that counts.
10. Did you ever have to finally decide? (You knew I would throw in a song reference at some point). And say yes to one and let the other one ride?
There’s so many changes and tears you must hide.
Did you ever have to finally decide? Yes.
11. Name the first song that comes to mind where you know every single word of the lyrics. Row Row Row Your Boat? Or Happy Birthday? Yeah, I’m not a lyric rememberer.
12. Can you remember the name of everyone who has ever seen you naked as an adult? We’ll toss aside professional/medical experiences, as we’ve all had to throw our legs wide in clinical situations, but this one becomes harder to answer in the affirmative the more you think about it. Ummm, this one is really no one’s business.
13. Through some bit of circumstance, you suddenly find yourself on a nude beach. Which of the following would be your reaction: A) Run screaming in abject horror. B) Hang around a bit to see what’s what whilst remaining chastely covered. C) When in Rome… D) Wave to all of your friends because everybody knows your name. I would avert my eyes and wander off as casually as possible until I was out of sight, then I would breathe a sigh of relief and move quiickly to my mode of transportaton to take me far away. Human bodies are far more interesting when left to the imagination.
14. Given the magical chance to start your life over at a certain point, would you rather go back to your high-school graduation, knowing everything that you know now, or go back ten years, knowing only what you knew then? I think I’d opt to go back too my high school graduation knowing everything I know now. Although then I would be a different person in a different place in life, and I’m not sure I’d want that. There are a couple of things I might like to do over though.
15. You discover that a life-changing sum of money has been mysteriously deposited in your checking account. Upon speaking with a banking representative, you learn that the source wishes to remain anonymous and you will have to reimburse the donor if the name is ever revealed. Do you keep the money? Several years ago someone told me when I’m given a compliment I should just say “thank you”, because denying the compliment is rude. I think not keeping the money would fall into the same category, and far be it from me to want to take away the donor’s pleasure at endowing my bank account with a welcome infusion.
16. Would you rather watch admittedly crappy movies with your loved ones in a living room, where it is guaranteed that the miscreants will constantly interrupt the viewing, or peruse cinematic masterpieces by yourself with no interference? Well, if I’m in my living room with my loved ones, we are probably all talking over the movie anyway, because that’s just the way it is, and the way it’s meant to be.
17. Name the movie title that best encapsulates a poor decision in your life. Remember what I said about being a rememberer of lyrics? Yeah, well the same thing applies to movie titles. Maybe Dunkirk?
18. Would you rather write a single book that is hailed as a masterpiece long after you are gone or multiple critically-panned bestsellers whilst you are still on this plane? Listen, everyone needs to survive, and if I wrote books I don’t know that I would really care what critics said, if people bought the book, read the book, and liked the book. Because a critic’s opinion is only the opinion of one person.
19. Do you secretly write poetry that you have never shared? No, can’t say that I have. I really am not a poet by any stretch of the imagination.
20. Do you regret things that you never dared? Not really. If I don’t dare do it, it’s probably because it would put my physical well being at risk.
21. Is there anyone who knows every single thing about you? Do you? No, and no. Does anybody? Although I have a better understanding of me now than I did when I was young.
To round this out, I want to share a little story that pretty much tells you the most exciting part of my life. I went out this morning to take a birdfeeder off its hook to fill it, when something made me look down at it, and what did I see? A little chipmunk face peering out of one of the ports. He jumped out, and I laughed.
Wishing you enough of everything, including laughs.