|Nov. 20th, 2013 @ 08:12 pm (no subject)|
|No word on anything but life is okay. My older daughter just made me do 10 random facts on FB and I decided to put them here, too. Now I can assign numbers to other people - mwahaha!|
1) The day after I started my first period my parents told all their friends. When I walked home from school every adult in the neighborhood stopped me to congratulate me. That was easily the most humiliating day of my life.
2) When I was 12, I set my bed on fire trying to show my cat that a sparkler was perfectly safe. The cat was fine but my father, my brother and a bunch of his friends had to push the mattress out the window and off the porch roof into the front yard and put it out with the hose. The neighbors did not congratulate me - but they did laugh.
3) I remember the very moment when I realized that the Pledge of Allegiance was made up of words and not a long string of meaningless sounds that teachers seemed to like.
4) I drove cross country the summer after my sophomore year in college. I was with two friends - one from Long Island and one from the Bronx. The farther west we went the more people would turn and stare at us when either one talked. It was like a sitcom without the canned laughter.
5) I have a BS in Integrated Studies. It took 7 colleges and 13 years. I really loved college so whenever I came close to a degree I would transfer.
6) I worked two seasons as a carnie (actually a “40 miler”). I was a shill, a ticket seller, a foodie, and I worked at the Bingo joint. I went to more than one carnie wedding. Carnies marry each other by getting on the Ferris wheel and going three spins backwards. I can still speak carnie.
7) I worked at a circus for one run. I made cotton candy. You put a paper cone in the vat and spin it so the cotton candy adheres to the cone. At the end of the day my arms hurt, may hands hurt worse, and I was covered with a thick film of sweat, dirt, and spun sugar.
8) I have been with my husband for 38 years. We can communicate by hand signals and random consonants. I have two daughters by birth, one by adoption, and several kids by osmosis.
9) My years as a Montessori (and PF) teacher were some of the best years of my life. It has been fun following “my” kids as they have taken wing.
10) I inhaled.