Taking a hint and the lead from fellow blogger, Juliette
, I’m going to do a few interviews and will post them here. I’m not speaking to anyone who participates in my blog. Perhaps you will find it interesting. Perhaps not. I’m simply throwing spaghetti against the wall to see if it sticks. Since Jules and I move in different circles, the people I pick and their reactions to the questions asked may be different than hers.
Country: USA/Born in Switzerland
City of Residence: McLane, VA
Age and gender: 38
Uniformed military service: U. S. Navy, Commissioned Service (O-3) Nurse, 6 years
Mother/former Victoria’s Secret underwear model/former nurse
Florida State University, BA
Informal education: Trained by my dog to fetch and carry to keep him happy.
Times married/current status:
Children: Three girls
Do you believe in God? What is your religion?
Yes/Latter-Day Saint (Mormon)
What is the worst thing you’ve ever done?
I have this thing about rules. When people make rules that make little sense to me, I break them. If a sign says, “keep off the grass” and I can tell that it hasn’t recently been seeded, I walk across it. If the sign at the outdoor cafe advises me not to feed the birds, I still feed them if they look hungry. If the sign says “wet paint”, sometimes I touch it, just with my pinky finger.
What is your greatest achievement?
Being able to turn my back on a career to be a stay-at-home mother. No success in life can compensate for failure in the home. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. I wish more women would understand this.
Over the past 12 months, what has been your greatest challenge?
We’ve moved. My husband has a job that causes us to move just about every three years, and that’s a challenge. We moved again this year from Mexico to the USA and my girls are the only ones who seem to be enjoying the change. In Mexico City, I had two maids, a cook and was spoiled by the staff and a social life that revolved around the US Embassy. In Virginia, I am back to being the maid, chief cook, driver (no need for a security staff and armored car in the USA) and bottle washer.
If you could go back in time to age 20 with your current life experience, what would you do differently?:
I would have hunted down my husband and would have dragged him down like a cheetah taking a gazelle and would have married him then (at age 20). I’ve had a good marriage. Adding a few years to the front end would have been even more fun. (I didn’t know him when I was 20)
There is a 15 year old standing in front of you. What life advice would you give him/her?
Don’t be afraid to break a rule now and then.
When you are an elderly person, sitting in your rocking chair and you look back on your life, what do you want to have achieved?
I want to have lived a life without significant regrets.
What is the meaning of life?
Life is a process of learning. Unless you put your hand on a hot stove from time to time, you’re not learning much.