29 January 2007

Twice Tagged

I got tagged again by LauraLo. So, here goes:
  1. I am an only child. My mother was never supposed to have children, so when I came along 9 years into my parents' marriage, I was, needless to say, a bit of a surprise. The doctor said my conception was a million to one shot. During my mother's pregnancy, my parents tossed around ideas for a name. My father, from whom I inherited the odd sense of humour, settled on Miracle. Yes, you read that right.
  2. When I was young, my father and I would dance around the living room with Harry Nilsson's "Coconut" blaring on the stereo. This is one of my favourite memories of spending time with my Dad.
  3. I am the last person in my family to carry the family name, as I will not be having children. I have never, even for a moment, had a maternal thought or instinct. I have always known that I wanted to remain child-free.
  4. My husband asked me to marry him on my 30th birthday. He came to my school and proposed to me in front of my class - it was very romantic. Approximately one year later, I lost the large, central diamond on my engagement ring. I tore the house and car apart looking for it. I was so distraught and upset over the loss of the diamond, that I was inconsolable for days. I was convinced that it was a bad omen (which is very odd, for me, as I don't put much belief in "fate" or "signs"). A week later, my husband went out to mow the lawn. A friend of his stopped by and he left the push mower running as they briefly chatted. When he went back to the mower to continue cutting the grass, he saw something sparkly bouncing around on top of it - my lost diamond. To this day, we cannot figure out how the diamond ended up on top of the mower - I guess getting it back was just...destiny!
  5. I have what my husband calls my 'seventh sense'. I can size up people and/or situations quickly. I know exactly who is lying, or BSing, scheming or plotting. I know when someone is sincere or when someone is hiding something. I am rarely surprised - even when others try to keep a secret. I always know when a situation is off or something is wrong. I've always had this ability, but I never really trusted it until I was in my early thirties. I guess with age comes the wisdom to listen to your inner voice.
I will not be posting for the next few days. A colleague and I are heading down south, to take a group of students to Sea Camp. Sea Camp (Newfound Harbour Marine Institute) is a marine ecology education facility in the Florida Keys (specifically, Big Pine Key). This is our second year going there. Please wish for good weather - last year it was cold and boy, was I miserable!


stacy said...

Yay for only children (it also describes me)!

Summerset said...

Hmmm. I can certainly understand #3, and although I love my 2 children, if we had to do it all over . . . . Go figure, since I teach school, but those kids you can send home at the end of the day! #5 comes in handy for teaching school, now doesn't it?!?

Have a great trip to the Keys! I get to take a group to FL in May for their senior trip.

jemima bean said...

Well for pity sake, I'm obviously teaching in the wrong place, if you & summerset get trips to FL, LOL :D I'm having a snow day (the 2nd this week) so I'm especially jealous of your Keys trip. Have fun!

Marji said...

oh I hope you had a great time at sea camp.
my youngest son, who is now 22, went there when he was 15 or 16. He loved it.
Crazy story about the diamond. I have a crazy story too to tell if what I think is true, is true. I'll let you know.

Anonymous said...

Wow, your seventh sense must make you the teacher from hell.