1. Do you think the world became a more dangerous place on September 11, 2001 or did we just become more aware of the danger? How has your own life changed as a result of that day?
When I think back to that day, it seemed like life would never get back to "normal", and, maybe it's not the same as it was before 9/11; maybe we've just settled into a "new kind of normal". The dangers were always there; it just came knocking on our front door when we weren't looking. I remember being sooo mad at those people: who did they think they were coming on our soil and doing something so unspeakable to us?
One good thing that came out of it is that people started getting their priorities back in order. Family was back to being first. I've heard of several people who were living away from family, who decided to move closer. I'm one of them. (It helped that I had a supportive husband who agreed to move to my hometown.) We had the iodine tablets and a plan to meet up with the kids should anything happen. The schools even had a plan; I'm not sure what the plan is here or at the universities where the 2 oldest boys are. For a long time I had an extra set of contacts in my pocketbook, and carried my glasses with me. (When you're just about blind, you think about these things!)
2. Did you think your parents were too strict when you were growing up? How about in hindsight?
Yep; I thought they were, but in hindsight...not nearly as strict as they could've been. I have a high school friend whose parents were way more strict than mine: there were about 7 or 8 years between her and her closest sibling, so they really kept her reined in.
3. Share one random but candid fact about yourself.
I don't like the dark. I think it's because I have a vivid imagination...I just don't like it. I don't even like to go down to the basement to get the laundry out of the dryer after dark. I'm just one big chicken!
4. Would your nearest and dearest describe you as simple or far too complicated?
5. What is your favorite stadium or carnival food?
You know it has to be something fried, right? Like...funnel cakes!
6. Tornado, hurricane, earthquake...how many of these natural disasters have you experienced? Which event do you think would be the scariest?
We came close to experiencing a hurricane when we lived in SC, but it ended up making landfall farther north. At a high school football game a few years ago, we came close to experiencing a tornado: up close and personal. Lesson learned: when the announcer tells you to go inside the building, do it. Don't think you're okay under the concrete stands. We had an earth tremor in April 2010; I've actually felt a few in my lifetime, but nothing like what they felt in DC or what they have out west. I think a tornado would be the worst...you don't really have much of a warning with it, and the devastation it brings is just unreal.
7. Labor Day weekend is approaching so a work related question seems appropriate. Growing up, did your parents assign you regular chores? Were you paid for doing those chores? If you're a parent do you assign chores to your own children? Why or why not?
When I was growing up, we each had a chore that had to be done on Saturday before cartoons were turned on. Mine was cleaning the bathroom. To this day, I still hate cleaning the bathrooms. We got a bit of an allowance, but I think I usually spent mine by walking down to a store and getting candy.
Our kids weren't assigned chores, per se, other than keeping their rooms half-way decent and helping when asked. Looking back to when they were younger, I really should've asked a lot more than I did!
8. Insert your own random thought here.
After reading everybody's comments from yesterday's post, I realized it's hot everywhere. From Sweet Tea's windshield cracking to my aunt bringing the animals into the garage at the risk of a fight, it's been one hot month. To that I say: Adios, August!
Now, high-tail it over to Joyce's to join in the hodgepodge!