- Write a love poem and stop in the middle. Change the mood of the poem and see how it ends.
Fingers splayed lovingly
Across a swelling belly
Hands gently patting
That was never born.
2. If you could remove one thing, person, or place from this world what would it be? Would the intent be beneficial for everyone or just you?
Rats. They scare the bejaysus out of me. I’ve never felt right about the mere thought of them since reading James Herbert’s ‘Rats’ in my teens. Room 101 in ‘1984’ finished me off. I don’t suppose getting rid of them would help medical research much but it would pacify my phobia a lot.
3. What is the saddest moment of your life? Describe your feelings when thinking on it. Not necessarily relating whatever is that makes you sad, but instead show us what sadness means to you.
Three months after the fact, realising all the no mores.
No more seeing her.
No more talking life over.
No more listening to her life stories for the millionth time
And always learning something new.
No more hearing her laugh uproariously at something so rude.
No more hearing her sing.
No more hugging her.
No more nana for my children.
No more Mum.
Feeling the void around me at the knowledge
And knowing she was the one
I always turned to.
4. Describe a happy memory of yours and try to recall something lost from it, or perhaps missed until now. Like when you rewatch a movie and see something for the first time.
Seeing the pride in my dad’s face and hearing it in his voice as he gave the father’s speech at my wedding. He wasn’t big on compliments as a rule and it was lovely to hear him speak so positively about his family. Making jokes about auctioning off my sisters for ‘two camels and a collie dog’ added to his lightheartedness at the time. He made a point of dancing with all his girls and my mum that night. He had more energy than we had all seen in a long time.
Six months later, he was dead.
I think he knew. I wish we had.
5. What is more important reading the knowledge left by others or leaving our own opinions behind?
I don’t think I can separate the two. Reading and life experience have helped form my opinions and who I am and I hope that some of those have helped form my own children and those I teach. If I thought that nothing I did made any difference I would give up the ghost. Part of my job is to try to inspire a love of the written word. Some children genuinely don’t like reading and may never garner the knowledge found there. If I can pass it on, I hope it will help children learn to form their own opinions. I don’t think my opinions are more valid than anyone else’s but they’re usually informed and they matter to me. So, nope, I can’t separate the two.
6. What motivates you? What truly inspires you to physically push forward and work harder? Is it a movie, book, person, or quote?
Any and all of the above. This morning you, OM, pushed me. I like a challenge. Or maybe I just like homework!
7. When was the last time you said “that is just my opinion? ” Was it necessary to label a thought as simply your own? Do you still feel that way now?
See above. I don’t say ‘just my opinion’. It is mine so it matters to me. There’s no ‘just’ about it. I may say, after heated disagreements, ‘Well, that’s what I think. We’ll just have to agree to differ.’ Then you can get on with life.
8. What is the most exciting place you have visited? Do you have a photo?
I remember excitement. That was before I married and had seven children and couldn’t afford to go anywhere exciting. Fun, I do. Sometimes. But excitement? Isn’t that what books are for?
9. If you had the choice between the last names Butts and Pecker what would you take?
How about double-barrelled for twice the fun? Pecker-Butts. Butts-Pecker. And, if I had to choose one, what would my choice say about me?!
10. If you wrote my blog what types are articles are missing or would you still like to see?
You mean there’s something you don’t write about or have an opinion on? I’m still enjoying reading through all your posts. I think you must operate on rocket fuel. As fast as I read, you publish. If I exhaust all your posts and I notice anything missing I’ll be sure to drop you a line.
And thanks for the homework. I might have ended up doing washing or cleaning this morning. Instead of which I’ve sat on my proverbial and typed merrily. Cheers.