In response to others I follow like Marie Ennis O’Connor @JBBC , Isabel Jordon @seastarbatita , Carolyn Thomas @heartsisters and many others who are such excellent bloggers – here is a list of the top 15 little known facts about me.
To begin with
1. I was made aware recently of proof that my mom took me on the Queen Elizabeth in December 1949 on a voyage to meet my grandparents in Bishop Auckland, County Durham, England. My first and last visit with my grandparents. I did know about the trip but I had no idea that I had spent 3 months in England. I can’t imagine my mom making that trip with me in those days. Not very kid friendly for travel
What a cutie pie huh
2. I lived from 1959 to 1964 in Churchill Manitoba, a remote Arctic community with an attached miliary base – my father was a Pentecostal preacher and roamed Canada to preach and help others. I think it was in Churchill that I became very aware of poverty and the plight of Aboriginal peoples. I will always remember some coming to sell blueberries door to door to make money. Not only did my family buy the berries but they invited them in to have a meal, and sent them on their way with a full belly and a sermon (yep that was my dad)
3. I was a poor student, probably always had my head in the clouds. Bad at Math, still am. Would rather try to write or plan to run away from home. I was a great reader and escaped my world in the pages of others. I still enjoy reading, not to escape but more to learn, to understand, to experience.
4. I have a fear of water, because I tried to jump off a pier once that I thought was a safe depth for me. I ended up over my head in water and as a non-swimmer thought that was going to be the end of me. I didn’t go back in the water for the rest of the summer…dabbled my toes in the sand. I know how to swim now – just enough to save my life if I had to:)
5. I have lived in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and moved around a lot with my family as a child, and also as an adult. I was born in Exeter Ontario, after 3 days of labor – breech and with the cord around my neck 3 times. I was told I was lucky to survive. I think it was more that I wasn’t ready to face the world…always the chicken!
6. My first volunteer job was working as a “candy Striper” in a local hospital in Estevan Saskatchewan. That led me to my career of caregiver – and my eventual training as a Personal Support Worker. That was the only big certificate I ever got for education. I was top of my class. I was aged 50 when I graduated and carried on working full-time til retirement at 60 yrs of age. I had done many other jobs early in my life as a nurse’s aide. Caregiver genes:)
7. I love music. I love it live, loud and I can sing along. I have seen live Burton Cummings, Randy Bachman. The Oakridge Boys, Tommy Hunter, Gordie Tapp, The Nylons, The Canadian Tenors, you name it I will attend. Years of living in isolation gives you a hunger for entertainment, live theatre, music.
8. I lived in Moosonee, Ontario for 20 years with a couple of small side trips to Porquis Junction (look that one up) and Kirkland Lake. Northern Ontario is in my blood. Northern Canada for that matter. Living in isolation with a population of 1000 souls, one store, no theatres, restaurants, coffee shops, parks, no roads out to the rest of the world – gives you a viewpoint that not many will understand. You have to live it to get it. It gives you a great appreciation of life in the larger centres. I don’t pass up many opportunities to see anything Live, Free, or even with admission price. I enjoy fairs, pow wows, craft sales, anything and everything:)
9. I learned to crochet and knit from ladies in my dad’s church. I wasn’t allowed to go and do things that most others my age did – movies, parties, etc. I enjoy creating things and am happy to share anything I can make. It is like my gift to others – something of Me goes into the things I create. I know other amazing creative souls on Twitter. I believe they will agree with me that creativity is a gift that is to be shared.
10. My favorite food is comfort food, shepherds pie, pizza, home-made soups, My mom created the best food for us – out of many rough kitchens with wood burning stoves. That is a challenge. I never learned how to make pie crust though. I still can’t. Mom was the best cook. I am a simple cook – straight from the heart to the tummy:)
11. My other favorite foods are Chocolate and Coffee and I am delighted when the Internet tells us another great thing about the so-called bad foods we eat and drink. Try and stop me:)
12. My childhood was full of bullies. I was afraid to go to school, to take walks, to feel safe. I still fight that feeling and that is why I try to help others – fight for others. I am now a senior and I see that seniors get pushed around too. It’s time to stand tall and be brave.
13. I have traveled to various parts of the world – one of them being Hawaii (7 times) I guess that is why I love social media and new forums like Periscope and Twitter that brings us the world to where we are. Living in isolation for so many years I am now craving seeing more, and re-visiting by virtual tours – places I was fortunate enough to visit.
14. I didn’t grow up wealthy, I have had bedside tables that were glorified orange crates with a curtain with a wire holding it in place. I was very proud to have simple things. I still am. I don’t judge others by where they live – or what they have, I know it is about what is inside, what the person is like that matters.
15. Whew, I didn’t think I could get to 15 things about me. I might be able to do another 15! The last thing I will tell you is – I never tire of seeing a sunset, watching a storm, listening to the wind, and will always feel soothed by ocean waves and streams.
If you liked my list – as I have enjoyed reading others – please write your own list on your blog and share. Thank you for reading.