If you want to join in the fun - Answer these questions on your own blog, then back here tomorrow to add your link to the party. Thanks to Janice for hosting these Hodgepodges every Wednesday.
1. May 24th is National Brother's Day. Do you have a brother? Older or younger?
I had a "brother from another mother." We were not raised together. His mom and my dad were teenagers when he was born. He was raised in rural Eastern Tennessee (Appalachia) and I was raised in San Francisco. He was 4 years older than me. We couldn't have been more different. He had a Southern accent and I don't. We came from totally different backgrounds. I met him for the first time in 2009. I flew to Alabama, where he moved his young family for work back in the '70s and never left. It's funny because as different and opposite as we were raised there were many similarities. Almost like twins, we had many of the same mannerisms and our personalities were similar as well. How did that happen???
My sister-in-law said after a day or so of observing the both of us together -
"Yep, you are John's sister."
I took that as a huge compliment. John passed away in Nov 2021 at the age of 71 and I miss him.
I keep up with my sister-in-law and their growing family there in Alabama. It was nice having a brother, even if for a little while...
Did you raise brothers? Tell us something about your brother or tell us something about your own children who are brothers.
Yes, I raised 3 brothers. All I can say is, Fun fun fun! They are three to three and a half years apart. Very close. I put them in the master bedroom in our house because they were friends as well as brothers. Foodie and Navy are still best buds. They know each other's friends as well. That's not to say, they always see eye to eye.
"Half the time when brothers wrestle, it’s just an excuse to hug each other."
2. A great book you've read or a movie you enjoy that features brothers?
1. A River Runs Through It with Brad Pitt -
2. Legends of the Fall another early Brad Pitt
3. Tiptoes (my son Michael was an extra in this movie with Michael McConaughey and Gary Oldman.)
3. Something you think is overrated? There is so much that is overrated in our current Bazzoro Clown World but I'll keep it simple and say:
Chick-fil-A is overrated.
In 2020 one was opened here in my town. After hearing all the hype, my expectations were too high - maybe we ordered the wrong thing - maybe it was just that particular day. It wasn't bad, just not as good as we thought it would be. We haven't been back.
I hope I didn't offend anyone - I know how Southerners love their Chick-Fil-A and Cracker Barrel.
Something you think is underrated?
Oh brother...sure you want me to go there?
Anything good and innocent and pure is underrated. Everything that was once cherished, is underrated and demonized. And of course, anything that has to do with the Bible is put down as rubbish - mere stories of an imaginary superhero in the sky. Even our womanhood has been hijacked - now we have these cartoonish caricatures of what "they" believe a real woman looks like and acts like.
And TRUTH is now underrated and redefined as well as History.
Parents are underrated and Fathers are underrated. Masculinity is underrated. Sorry, not sorry, but I want my man to be a manly man.
4. How much does your past shape you? What parts have shaped you the most?
The past has shaped who I am today. Both the good and the bad. The biggest change that happened to me was when my son Michael was born. As I have mentioned before I was 23, and this was 1977 and we didn't have the pre-natal tests they do now. He was born with a form of bone dysplasia that resulted in dwarfism. Up to that point, I was living in a happy little bubble of my own making. This slammed me into the world of being a parent - choosing what medical procedures I would allow, and what I wouldn't - always trying to seek the best for him.
I had to take on responsibilities they didn't teach in Lamaze class!
5. What's your favorite simple pleasure? It doesn't take much to please me. I'm a low-maintenance kind of gal. I'm content wherever I am. I have always enjoyed sitting by a body of water. Growing up it was the Pacific Ocean - years later, I have grown to enjoy the rivers and creeks and waterfalls. Although I am also quite fine, just sitting on my patio - watching the birds.
6. Insert your own random thought here
On an airplane, which armrest is yours, if you sit in the middle?