My Seven Things thingy
One of my favorite things about blogging is meeting other bloggers. Every day I’m reminded that there are still truly kind people out there, and that — no matter what life may throw at us — none of us is truly alone.
Two of those truly kind people are Trisha and Carolyn, authors of the splendid SimplyOm blog, who recently nominated HeatherBlog for the “Seven Things About Me” award.
Like all privileges, it’s accompanied by a small side dish of responsibility: To accept the award, you must thank your nominators, list seven things about yourself, and pay it forward by nominating others. So … first things first. A huge THANK YOU for your kind nomination, Trisha and Carolyn!
Alright, then … on to part two: Seven Things You Always Wanted To Know About Me (But Were Too Polite To Ask).
1. I used to work as a stable-hand. On my very first day a mare peed on me — both literally and liberally. But in spite of instantly earning the nickname “Pee Wee,” I went back the next day, and for three years after that. It was worth it for the privilege of free horseback riding.
2. I’ve been attacked by at least 12 species. My favorites include a red squirrel, a couple of gray squirrels, a Canada goose, an albino corn snake, a silver-haired bat, an orphaned raccoon, and one very cranky great blue heron. It’s been years since I let my wildlife rehabilitation license lapse, but I’m probably still immune to rabies. (And babies, for that matter.)
3. I hoard things. And I’m not ashamed. Thanks to my hoarding instinct, I once avoided bra-shopping for almost 10 years. I also have about 100 of my favorite mechanical pencils stashed somewhere, as well as duplicates of my favorite clothing items. Just in case.
4. I’m missing a little piece of my tongue. Remember that scene in A Christmas Story, where the kid licks the frozen lamppost and his tongue sticks to it? That really can happen, no matter how convincingly your friends might tell you otherwise. I lost a few taste buds, but at least the garden trowel thawed pretty quickly once I got indoors.
5. I have six lives left. I’ve survived falling three stories (age 5), being hit by a truck (age 28), and being drop-kicked by a horse (age 36 or 37 … I forget). That’s how I developed my personal motto, “Don’t worry, it’ll grow back.”
6. I was bullied as a kid. I think my inherent dorkiness and general docility made me an irresistible target. It hurt. But it taught me some valuable lessons as well. Of these, the most important was that how others treat me is not a reflection of who I am; it’s a reflection of who they are.
7. My first published piece was an obituary. (Thankfully, not my own. Ha.) I was working as a lowly news assistant when the metro editor found herself short one writer. She took a chance on me, coached me, and eventually became one of my very dearest friends. Thank you, Pam … for everything.
Which brings me to part three of the “Seven Things About Me” award.
I realize that the rules require my nominees to write their own “seven things” list. But because I don’t always follow the rules — and because my friends are busy people — I hereby waive the last requirement. What really matters is that my blogger friends know that I appreciate them. So here goes:
First, I nominate my friend Pam. Her blog “This is Most Certainly True” is mostly about her family and its history, but you don’t have to be named Sprick to enjoy her warmth and her wit.
My second nomination goes to Ian’s “Letters from Home” blog. A Canada native, Ian now lives in Hamburg, Germany. I love his wry observations about everything from berries to vandalism to ice-skating.
If you want to feast both your ears and your eyes, check out SoundLandscapes. His recordings are wonderful — and much of his work is from Paris, which I consider a huge plus. (Grin.)
Finally, a tip of the hat to a fellow blogger who has become a true and very dear friend. To read DancingBeastie is to love her. Enough said.
Enjoy … and thanks again to the kind gals at SimplyOm. Namaste!
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