Sometimes I take inspiration from something I've read, whether it is in an on-line newspaper or in someone else's blog. And sometimes I simply give up.
But not today. Today I'm going to share 500 things you might not know about me.
Let's try 5 things instead\
1. I grew up on a farm outside a small town in Northeast Saskatchewan with my parents, three siblings, and numerous cats and dogs. It's sad now to think of all the pets who lived for brief time with us. The dogs tended to get hit and killed by the limited traffic that passed by. And the cats, well they just seemed to disappear, I can't remember one living more than few years. I suspect the neighbour's dogs or wild animals caused their demise.
2. I've never been married (I think I mentioned this previously) and the fact I had two children on my own has been difficult for some people. I had a cousin who asked if I hadn't known what caused the first and I was kicked out of the church I had been attending regularly with my daughter. Perhaps kicked out is too strong a term but definitely I was made to feel so uncomfortable by the pastor and many members of the congregation that we simply didn't go back. Most times, when I'm asked about doing it on my own, I've told people I didn't marriage was a prerequisite.
3. Part of the reason I've never been married, is I've never managed to maintain a long-term relationship with any of the men I hooked up with. My longest relationship was 8 months and the only reason it lasted that long was he was long-haul trucker so I didn't see him that often. Our relationship ended because he seemed to think I should stay home and wait for his calls (no cellphone at that time). I told him I had a life before I met him and I'd have one after he left, and he agreed.
4. I'm selfish (see point 3) I like having my own space and I'm not particularly good at sharing it. One of the benefits of the house my adult children and I live in now, is the personal space it provides. When my daughter was still teaching, she lived temporarily with an older woman in a small town. When I went to move her to her own rental, the woman complained to me that D would often not talk to her. She thought it odd when I explained this wasn't unusual for us unless we had something to tell one another. I thought she was odd to expect the basement renter to spend time with her every day.
5. A few years I attended a training session with a group of people I'd never met before. In the ice-breaker we were paired up and one of the questions we were to ask one another was our likes and dislikes. Likes was easy, cats, curling, kids, etc. What I don't like...the only thing I could come up with was "stupid people". I have little patience with people who cannot consider other points of view (see point 3 and 4), who demonstrate prejudice or intolerance (see point 2), and those who think animals are disposable (see point 1). As a result, sometimes I don't like me very much....but on the other hand, I'm pretty self-aware so when I make misjudge someone I'm pretty quick to realize my own stupidity!
So that's it, my 500th post. Thanks for being here with me through this journey...who know where we'll go next!