Rae from The Old Weather Vane was tagged for a post of “Questions and Answers” and I clicked on over there to read like I usually do whenever Rae has a new post. I already think Rae is a special lady and learning more about her was a treat. She writes some of the bestest most original unique posts. She has the most lovely sense of quirky humor and I am addicted to it. She didn’t tag anyone to play and I won’t be doing that either. So, everyBODY need not go running for the hills in fear of being tagged. If you would like to play, I would love to learn more about all of you that visit Under the Oaks. And you know I can’t do a post without a picture. I promise that pelican and his bottom heavy self has a place in this post! See last question. Snapped the Pelican on vacation in Florida last week.
Who was your favorite teacher and why?
Mr. Strawmatt. My English Comp teacher in Junior College. Please don’t judge his teaching ability by my writing. He was patient, witty, bright, had a crew cut and I had a crush on him. He made each of us feel like we could write a novel. I wrote a short short story in his class about horses and riding in the good old summertime. No surprise there. I still have it. My old, so old, wiser self gets a good chuckle when I read it now.
What were your sports of choice when you were younger?
Riding horses, riding horses and riding horses. That’s a sport. Really, it is. I bounced a basketball a couple of seasons at school and did a great amount of swimming, which led to a great amount of whining and crying all summer due to swimmer’s ear.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
I was a little tomboy and all I wanted to do was ride horses and I never gave what I wanted to be when I grew up a thought. As I got older I wanted to be an English teacher, Phys Ed teacher, a Clinical Psychologist and I wanted to ride at the Devon Horse Show on a 16+ hand high bay Hanoverian in Dressage. We can dream, right?
What profession did you ultimately end up in and why?
I worked retail. CH’s moving around in the military was a career killer back then because nobody wanted to hire a military wife and I still didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up. I enjoyed my retail jobs, I loved them. They enabled me to overcome my incredible shyness and low self esteem. I worked retail in small gift shops with Hallmark products until I quit work in 2001.
What is the single most important thing parents should teach their children?
I have never been a Mother. My answer would be “RESPECT”.
When you run, what is the one thing your mind turns to the most often?
This old country gal does not run. I am a walker and walk my heart healthy path around our “Tiny Ten” acres every day the weather behaves. When I am walking, I am living in the “now” hearing nature, seeing it and inhaling all the country fresh air I can squeeze into my lungs. And most times my mind gets all bossy and makes me think of horses and being at the Devon even if it is just to be a spectator because that is about all I could do there except maybe brush the dust off the toe of the rider’s boots.
What is your favorite book and how many times have you read it?
That Quail Robert~Margaret A. Stanger. Too many times to remember how many!
If you could pick only one movie for the rest of your life to watch what would it be?
Can’t do just one, have to do two! Under the Tuscan Sun and Corrina, Corrina.
Are you more comfortable in the city or the country?
COUNTRY! Think “Out in the Country”~Three Dog Night.
If you had the option of spending three months of the year in another place, where would it be?
The Gulf Shores of Venice, Florida. The plan is to make it our permanent home sooner rather than later. IF I can leave the Tiny Ten acres Under the Oaks.
The End. If you would like to do the Q and A please feel free. I would love to read them! Thank you Rae!