I completed this meme that’s flying around Facebook this week:
1. Growing up, I hated my name. Everyone told me it was a boy’s name. Later in life I came to appreciate its uniqueness and now I actually dislike the fact that it’s very popular among kids.
2. Until 2nd grade, I was the only white kid in all of my classes, which were otherwise made up of African-American kids. I had no idea whatsoever that I was different from everyone else, even though I can remember a girl saying I couldn’t play at her house – and when I asked why she shook her head incredulously and told me I was “hard-headed”. Or just clueless.
3. I can remember my mom telling me when I was 5 that if I still wanted to marry my best girlfriend when I grew up, it would be fine with her. I always say that heterosexuality was wasted on me, given my open-minded family.
4. I have lived in CT, MN, MA, CA, and IL. Matt and I figured out at one point that we had moved 14 times in 16 years (including our college years). Now that we own a place, we are never, ever moving again. Ever.
5. I have always been social and outgoing. I was physically attached to the telephone throughout childhood. The older I get, the more I revel in solitude and quiet. I almost never answer the phone anymore.
6. I find sharing Christmas with my boys makes it even more magical now than it was during my own childhood.
7. I forget my own age on a regular basis; thankfully, I usually make myself older than I am, so it’s a relief when I discover I’m wrong.
8. I have never, ever colored (or highlighted) my hair, unless you count the occasional henna treatment, which I don’t. This will change sooner than I’d hoped.
9. My husband and I have the same birthday. He was born the day I turned 2.
10. I had my older son on my aunt’s 50th birthday and my younger son on my grandfather’s 85th birthday.
11. If Matt and I would consider living far from family, we would probably choose Brooklyn, NY.
12. All of my grandparents are still alive. I knew 3 of my great-grandmothers.
13. I run my own business and am the treasurer of our condo association, despite the fact that I suck at math.
14. In college, my roommate and I were known to occasionally read from Winnie the Pooh to each other at night.
15. I was suspended twice in high school. Once was for being tardy to school too often and the other was for insubordination. I had a MOUTH on me. (I’m laughing at my use of “had”…)
16. I was a regular performer growing up – choirs, plays, musicals…lots of solos and some big parts. I miss it.
17. I have only had two jobs that didn’t involve children. I worked at Lyman Orchards as a cashier my senior year of high school and at the R.C. Dicks Deli in St. Paul for 3 weeks in college. I have never worked in an office in my life.
18. I went to grad school in speech-language pathology because I was fascinated by autism and that is what I wound up specializing in years later.
19. Senior year in college, I chose to participate in an Urban Studies program instead of going abroad. It was in Chicago. I moved here and lived in an apartment just a few blocks from where we bought our first home 14 years later.
20. I am suddenly in touch with old camp friends and my best friend from elementary school whom I haven’t heard from since 1984, thanks to Facebook.
21. I am a social media junkie. I have been blogging for 4 years and am addicted to Twitter.
22. I bought an iPhone the week it came out in July 2007 and not a day has gone by when I have not loved the hell out of the thing.
23. In an education class in college, my learning style was categorized as “random abstract”. That explains a lot.
24. I do not collect a single thing. I’m pretty sure I never have.
25. The older I get, the more I realize that in being open-minded and generally unafraid of change, I view the world very differently from most people around me. It’s a little alarming sometimes, actually.
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