ESTABLISHING YOURSELF (a few details that help somemothers know what they have in common with you)
I am 64 years old.
I am married.
I have 2 boys, 43 and 32.
I work at home.
I am middle upper.
I live in a rural area.
I completed undergrad.
I am straight.
Of note about my ethnicity and/or cultural background: Caucasian.
NOW, TWENTY QUESTIONS ABOUT YOU
- The most significant aspect of my upbringing. I lived in 7 addresses the first 11 years, both Midwest and Texas.
- My best advice to mothers about to enter the stage of child rearing that I just went through. Be respectful to your children when they have children.
- Something that concerns me about my children. Nothing. They are great parents.
- My absolute worst mothering moment (so far). When my older son was 2, we took him to a park. At some point in the afternoon, I let him get out of reach and he decided to run away straight for a cement lock with no fence. A bystander realized I could not get to him before he fell and ran to scoop him up and bring him back. The potential was terrifying. I didn’t let him get out of reach the rest of the afternoon.
- What annoys me most about other mothers. Nothing, unless they hit their children.
- I am happiest when I have my grandchildren with me.
- I am saddest when it has been a long time since I’ve seen my grandchildren.
- My biggest fear. Not getting to finish my goals.
- I am ashamed of not figuring out how to get close to my mother.
- Something I need to forgive. I need to forgive myself for not being a perfect mother.
- Something I wish I could say to someone. To my roomie, who died of breast cancer, leaving behind 3 young children, “I miss you.”
- Something I have never told anyone. I think my feet are perfect.
- Something I am trying to change about myself. Losing that last five pounds.
- My biggest accomplishment. Learning how to fly.
- I wish I was fluent in Chinese and French.
- Something my relationship with my mother has taught me about parenting. Babies cry; it’s ok.
- Something my relationship with my father has taught me about parenting. There is no better teacher in the world than a parent.
- How I would describe my faith life. You are what you do.
- Something I hope will be different for me by this time next year. Financial results will let me reach a big goal I’ve been working on for five years.
- Something important about my story that hasn¹t been captured by the questions above. I love to write.
- BONUS: A question you would like to see added to this list that readers can respond to in the comments. What advice would you give grandmothers?