Thank you to NICOLE THIBODEAU for nominating me for the Sunshine Blogger Award. She truly honors me. I reprint here the rules of the blog and her questions to me, from her entry:
1. Thank the person who nominated you.
2. Answer the questions from the person who has nominated you.
3. Nominate other bloggers for the award.
4. Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you have nominated.
5. Notify the bloggers you have nominated.
QUESTIONS FOR [me from Nicole]::
- What is one of the most exciting things that has happened to you? I would have to say that the most exciting thing that has ever happened to me was wind-surfing. I was told that I could not wind-surf because I was “crippled” (this was 1979 when ‘crippled’ was still what I was considered). I promptly demanded to be allowed to do so. One of our party in sailing that day offered to assist. He got the wind-surfboard leveled with the boat, stood on it and steadied it while I stepped onto it, and held it until I announced ‘ready’. Then he eased off the board and cheered me for the thirty seconds that I managed to remain upright. Oh my gosh! So cool.
- Who is one of your favorite authors? My favorite author is Miles Franklin. I prefer “My Brilliant Career”, the first book, to “The End of My Brilliant Career”. The writing flows quite naturally. The character could be someone who has come to tea and talked longingly of her imaginary life.
- What advice would you give your younger self? Two words: Smile More.
- Do you like to use the Oxford Comma? Not only do I use the Oxford comma, but I shudder at the mere thought of the continued existence of anyone who does not.
- Should vampires sparkle? If they wish to do so, yes.
- Are unicorns real? (If not, why?) Certainly. You’ve seen them, haven’t you? In your child’s room? In a book? As a sticker on a window? Flickering across the television screen? Have you seen the Pope, the President, the Queen? In the same venues as unicorns, no doubt — presenting to you as images in print, on a postcard, as part of a documentary? Are they real?
- Do fairies exist? (If not, why?) Either fairies exist or my mother had a bizarre habit of collecting her children’s teeth and exchanging them for quarters. Given how poor we were, I certainly do not believe for one moment that my mother could afford to pay for the teeth of eight children without a subsidy.
- Describe the most elaborate dessert you have ever eaten. First of all, this dessert provided the crescendo to a seven-course, five-hour dinner on a boat in the Boston Harbor. A ship turned into a restaurant, that is. Secondly, it consisted of a shell of delicate chocolate inside of which something gold and delicious shimmered, and the outside of which involved a smattering of crunchiness which might have been hazelnut or solidified nectar for all I know. You did not so much want to eat it as to study it and genuflect to its creator.
- If you could have dinner with anyone alive or dead, who would it be? My mother. NO question.
- What is the most appealing shade of purple? (If you dislike purple, please explain why.) The color of the edge of a fairy’s wings and the tiniest tip of a unicorn’s horn.
- Describe your favorite sweater. My current favorite sweater stretches to my knees. It is a muddy brown color, thin, with buttons almost but not quite too small for my lily-white spastic hands. When I wear it, I feel as though I have donned a blanket. It hides my imperfections but also so closely resembles an actual coat that I feel appropriate anywhere I go. It might be magical. Like, maybe it’s an invisibility cloak only instead of making me disappear, it makes me seem normal to anyone who sees me.
I will think about whom to nominate and my questions, and post a follow-up entry tomorrow. Be well everyone. Sleep tight. Don’t let the bed bugs bite.