“THIS IS ME!”
You look up and say, “Huh? What do you mean?”
“I’m here to tell you 10 things about me. (Or should that be 10 things about myself?)”
“Nancy of The Breadbox Letters blog has awarded my blog a Sunshine Award. Isn't she kind? And although we have far too much sunshine at the moment, I’d really love to accept the award. And to get the award, I have to tell you 10 things about me (or myself.)
“And I’m going to tell you those things while standing on a box.”
"Nancy wrote 10 things about herself all connected to the theme of romance. I thought that was a great idea. It was a wonderful post. (Please go and read it!) Perhaps my 10 things can be part of a theme too. But what kind of theme? I decided to pick a random word to connect all my points together, and the first word that came to mind was ‘box’.
So I am standing on a box.
- I once stood on a box to give a speech. I was at the launch of my book, Grief, Love and Hope. The lectern was tall and I am small. I’m not much over 5 ft in height which means mini-skirts are knee skirts, and knee skirts are halfway-to-the-floor skirts, and I never even consider wearing pants because they are always miles too long.
- Someone else once stood on a box: the fox in sox. I love Dr Seuss. So do my kids. They learnt to read while we were reading his books together. Did you know Dr Seuss was an introvert? So am I. You wouldn’t have guessed that, would you? Apparently introverts can be very outgoing when they’re online. They’re more inclined to reveal personal things about themselves than extroverts. I wonder if I've ever done that.
- Shall I reveal what kind of box I'm standing on? Well, it’s certainly not my make-up box. That’s safely stored away under my bed. It’s covered in dust because I never use it. I bought this make-up when my daughter Felicity got married. Somehow I managed to apply it. I guess I looked good. But I prefer the almost natural look. Just a lick of mascara and I'm ready for the day. No time for anything else anyway.
- Although I don’t wear make-up, I do like jewellery. I have quite a large collection, most of it pretty but not very valuable. It is all stored away in a few plastic craft boxes, the kind designed to hold beads. My necklaces, bracelets and brooches are neatly arranged, one to a compartment. The boxes are under my bed… covered in dust. I always mean to get out my jewellery boxes and choose something to wear, but my mind is usually on other things and I forget.
- But I never forget to have breakfast. My daughters make me run 5 or 6 km before I’m allowed to have any though. Sometimes they cook up a big pan full of porridge as a reward for all my hard work. But if they don't, I eat the same cereal every day: Weet-Bix. They come in a box. Two weet-bix and milk, and a mug of tea. I’m not fussy. I don’t mind eating the same thing, day after day. Actually I hardly ever notice what I’m eating for breakfast. I just eat it quickly so I can get onto more important things like checking my emails.
- Of course emails arrive in a box: my in-box. My in-box is a mess. At the moment there are 1 890 emails there waiting to be sorted and deleted. Even when I delete my emails, I can’t seem to wipe them out forever. There are 6 191 in my delete file. I can't quite decide to delete them permanently. Is that a lot of emails?
- Talking of a lot, we have moved a lot of times. And each time we have moved, we’ve packed all our possessions into a lot of boxes. A lot of boxes mean a lot of trips in a removal truck. Moving house means a lot of work. But we haven't moved for the last 5 years. It's been wonderful. But we still have lots of boxes. They never got unpacked. They're stored away in the garage, 'just in case'. I guess I don't need whatever is in them. I should toss them away. But like my emails, I can't quite decide to get rid of them forever.
- Perhaps what we need is a box room, just for storing away boxes. (Then the car might fit into the garage.) When I was a teenager my family lived in a house with a box room. It was a small room at the top of the stairs. It had a sloping ceiling, and so it was only possible to stand up properly on one side of the room. That house had one very grand feature: a set of servants’ bells (very Downton Abbey). Each room had a cord that could be pulled to summon the maid. We never had a maid though. Actually the house seemed much too small for a maid and servant bells. There were only 3 bedrooms. Where would the maid have slept? In the box room? Maybe she was a short maid, or one with a permanent stoop.
- Box room… bedroom… I’m back under my bed. There’s another box there. Inside it are a number of Zumba DVDs. I thought Zumba looked fun. (It burns up 1000 calories a hour, you know.) So I tried it. And I discovered I have absolutely no sense of rhythm. But as I’ve got a good sense of humour and don't mind looking silly, it didn’t matter. It was a lot of fun. However I prefer running so the Zumba box is gathering dust under my bed. By the way I’m allergic to dust.
- There is one box that never collects dust: my comments box. I love my comments box. It’s where my friends stop by. They leave kind messages, messages that encourage me or make me laugh. My comments box is where I discovered Nancy's message: "(I) have nominated you for a Sunshine Award!" Isn't that a great comment? Nancy is always leaving wonderful comments on my blogs I reckon her comments are much more interesting than my posts. We really should have an award for the best comment or commenter, instead of blogger. What do you think?
So I've written ten things about myself (or should that be 'about me'?) What else do I have to do? I shall look at the rules...
The Rules:1. Use the award logo in the post.
2. Link to whoever nominated you.
3. Write 10 pieces of information about yourself.
4. Nominate fellow bloggers "who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere."
5. Leave a comment on the nominees’ blogs to tell them of the award.
The way I deal with number 5 will reveal a lot about me. Who shall I nominate? What if I leave someone out? Can I nominate everyone? Or perhaps I could just ignore this point completely?
I know what I'll do. I'll nominate just one person. Nice and simple. What do you think?
So "who positively and creatively inspire others in the blogosphere"?
Monica! She blogs at A Year with Rabbits. Yes, if you want to be inspired definitely go there.
Now I've told you all about me (or should that be 'about myself'?) it's time for me to get down off my box. What's that? I haven't revealed what kind of box I'm standing on?
It's a chocolate box, a big box full of dark chocolates. I'm off to celebrate my Sunshine award with a large glass of red wine and a few chocolates.
Thank you for the award, Nancy!"
PS You've probably worked out I'm not actually very good at grammar.