I haven’t done a Friday Five in a while, so I thought I’d ask five questions, answer them myself, and then give you a chance to answer them in the comments section. I pray that your weekend is safe and filled with the blessings of God!
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1. Other than your salvation, your marriage, or the days your children were born, what’s the most significant day (or days) of your life?
When I graduated from Fayetteville State University in May 1984, I held a brand-new diploma with a degree in elementary/middle school education. But not much prospect of anything else. No job was on the horizon. I wouldn’t even be able to interview for another month because school wasn’t over yet and no one knew where any openings were yet. That was on a Sunday. I got a phone call on Wednesday morning from the principal at Beaver Dam Elementary School, who wanted to meet with me about substituting for one of his teachers who had had emergency surgery. He hired me that afternoon and I started the next day. I completed the year, through the second week in June. Little did I know that although Mr. Hendon wouldn’t be able to hire me for the next school year, his friend, J. Howard Ray, would have an opening for a fourth grade teacher. With Mr. Hendon’s recommendation, Mr. Ray called me for an interview. And it was the only interview I did because Mr. Ray hired me. It was one of the very first times that I can remember God giving me something MORE than I had prayed for.
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2. What’s your favorite meal?
I love summer vegetables: squash with onions, new potatoes, turnips, mustard greens, corn, butter beans, peas, cucumbers, tomatoes, and homemade biscuits. My Granny Brook first taught me that I could make a meal of vegetables alone. Today is the anniversary of her birthday. I miss her so.
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3. What’s the most embarrassing thing that’s ever happened to you?
When a college friend of mine found out that she was pregnant during our first year as teachers, I was thrilled for her. That first year of teaching was filled with so much work and stress. Since Sue worked on the opposite side of the county we kind of lost touch. At the end of the school year, all first year teachers had a meeting and a shared a meal at the Educational Resource Center of the Cumberland County Schools. I greeted my friend, patted her ample belly, and asked, “When is the baby due?” She burst into tears and walked away. Another teacher who was with her shot me a menacing look and practically spit, “She had the baby six weeks ago!” Needless to say, I hid during the meeting. Just a few weeks later, I found out that her husband had deployed and she was living back with her parents in Texas. We never talked again. I hope that one day God gives me the chance to apologize to Sue.
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4. Is there a television show that you could watch in perpetuity?
There are three shows that I could just watch over and over again: I love “7th Heaven,” “Gilmore Girls,” and “Jeopardy.”
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5. My daughter is totally infatuated with the British group “One Direction.” Since they won everything they were nominated for during the Video Music Awards on MTV last night, I was just wondering — who were YOUR teenage crushes?
Over the span of ages nine to sixteen, here are my crushes in the order they appeared in my life: David Cassidy, Bobby Sherman, Donny Osmond, Shaun Cassidy, and Barry Manilow. However, from the age of eight till even now, I have always loved The Carpenters. I think one of the saddest things ever was that Karen died so young. What a beautiful young woman with a remarkable voice. *Sigh*
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Now it’s your turn to share!