Susie knocks on my door. She says, “Sue, I've nominated you for a Liebster Award. You can get the details at this page on my blog: The View from the Top of the Ladder.”
I reply, “Oh wow! Thank you Susie. What a surprise!”
“To get your award, you have to tell me 11 facts about yourself.”
“Come on in,” I say. “I’ll fill the kettle and we'll have some coffee, while I tell you about myself.” But what will I say? What haven’t I already told everyone? I think and I think but my mind remains blank. But then I remember Susie is a new friend. I met her and her fabulous blog during the recent A – Z challenge. Maybe Susie doesn’t know much about me. Perhaps it doesn’t matter if I repeat myself.
So I make two mugs of coffee and this is what I tell Susie about myself.
- I’ve been married to Andy for nearly 31 years which must mean I’m getting older though I don’t feel like I am. Somehow my outside no longer matches my inside.
- I have 7 living children. My son Thomas died when he was one day old, and I also lost 7 other babies due to miscarriage. This means I know a little bit about grief, love and hope. Hey! That would make a good title for a book.
- I’m homeschooling my children. (Four have grown up and moved onto other things). Actually we’re unschoolers which means different things to different people. Perhaps I’m weird and irresponsible. More likely I am very blessed and receiving a wonderful education.
- I live in Australia in a small village, which suits me just fine. I’m a homebody, a bit of an introvert. I like the quiet life. So does my family which is just as well because nothing much happens around here. Oh that’s not quite true! The other day we walked past our parish church just as the coffin of someone very famous (but unknown to us) was being carried out to the hearse. A lone piper piped and a drummer drummed. Famous people were among the mourners… Perhaps I should tell that story properly another day.
- I’m a runner. I used to run before I had children. Three years ago, I thought about that wonderful I-can-run-forever feeling. I wanted to feel it again. I decided I’d become a runner once more. What I’d forgotten was the pain I’d have to endure before I could run more than a few metres without gasping for air. But I persevered. If I can run, anyone can. So if you've thought about running, but haven't yet laced up your running shoes, what are you waiting for? ... Oh my! This post will be long if I don’t hurry up. A few quick facts…
- I have red hair.
- I am short (155cms).
- I hate gardening even though I have a Bachelor of Science degree, majoring in botany.
- I can’t sing.
- I might learn to sing. My daughter Imogen has offered to give me some lessons.
- I love to write. You didn't know that, did you?
- Oh and I always seem to break the rules.
"Now you have to answer a few of my questions," says Susie...
What was the last thing that made you laugh?
I forget. Probably something someone said while we were eating dinner last night. We have lots of funny conversations. We're a bit weird.
What's one thing that irks you?
I hate it when I visit someone and the phone rings, and my host or hostess disappears for hours to have a private conversation, while i sit wondering what to do.
About how long do you think can you stand on one foot?
Time yourself. How long did you actually stand on one foot?
2 minutes and 54 seconds
What would you want for your last meal?
I’d prefer to receive Holy Communion one last time instead of a meal. But chocolate might be the easiest thing to swallow if I have to appear brave and eat something.
What's something that you would not regret about having missed doing?
I keep reading this sentence and my mind goes blank. I’ll regret letting my coffee go cold so I shall move onto the next question.
What's one thing that scares you, but you do it anyway?
Public speaking used to scare me, but I did it anyway. The thought of making a video of myself used to scare me, but I did it anyway. I can't think of anything I'm doing at the moment that scares me. I have discovered that most things aren’t as scary as I sometimes imagine.
What's something fun that you would like to do right now?
I feel like sipping a glass of red wine and chatting to a few good friends over a delicious meal. I haven’t done that for a while.
Would you rather be an eagle, crow, or parakeet?
Could I be a superb fairy wren instead?
If you could be a sitcom character, who would you be?
I don’t watch TV so I don’t know any current sitcom characters. When I was a child I wanted to be Marcia Brady from the Brady Bunch.
Who rules -- Jane Eyre, Elizabeth Bennett, or Jo March?
Jane Eyre. I cried so much when I first read this book as a child.
Now I’m supposed to write 11 questions of my own and pass on this award to other bloggers. But… I never go by the rules so I’m not going to do that bit. This means I won’t get my Leibster award but that’s okay. I have enjoyed answering Susie’s questions anyway, and being nominated is good enough.
So I have come to the end of my post. “Were those answers okay, Susie?" Was that a nod I saw. I hope so.
Please visit Susie’s blog, The View from the Top of the Ladder. You won't be disappointed. Susie is a fabulous storyteller. You will enjoy her tales immensely.
Thank you for the award nomination, Susie!
Thank you for the award nomination, Susie!
Image: Of course that's Marcia Brady on the left.