Who has been the most important person in your life? Can you tell me about him or her? I think the most important person in my life has to be my husband. He's saved my life more than once. He's been a rock when I was weak and he's loved me when I didn't even love myself.
What was the happiest moment of your life? The saddest? The happiest moment would be the day I gave birth to our first child. The saddest would be the day that our 2nd daughter lost her first child when she was 8 1/2 months pregnant. She was devastated. So were we. It was so sad that we never got to spend time with her little Sean.
Who has been the biggest influence on your life? What lessons did that person teach you? Rodney has been the biggest influence in my life. He taught me how to move on from pain and hurt and learn to love others once again.
Who has been the kindest to you in your life? There are too many people to just narrow it down to one person. I guess if I had to think about it for a moment, I would say my brother, Dan.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned in life? That alcoholics can move on after they stop drinking. You don't have to have the alcohol to have fun or enjoy people. Also, you can't be a perfect mother. No matter what you did, said or felt, the child doesn't always turn out the way you would like them to.
What is your earliest memory? I was five and was having a good talk with my grandfather. He was so sweet and fun. He died eight months later. So I'm thrilled that I have this memory.
What is your favorite memory? There are too many to narrow down to one.
Are there any funny stories your family tells about you that come to mind? My dad loved to tell everyone about how he taught me to make scalloped potatoes and ham from scratch and that I made it one time for a family dinner and used ten pounds of potatoes. (We ate that for a week. LOL) He loved to tease me about it.
Are there any funny stories or memories or characters from your life that you want to tell anyone about? I have one. When I was dating Rod, we went to church one Sunday at the chapel in the hospital near where I worked and we went with three of my friends. There was only a little room so we all squeezed into the front row and made the best of it. The pews and the kneeling part weren't connected yet, so that will help you picture this story. Rod wasn't Catholic and didn't know when to sit, stand or kneel. He sat down at one point and it wasn't time to sit, so me and two of my friends sat with him and told him that he had to kneel down. Our friend at the end of the row, kneels down, not seeing what we were doing and the kneeling part flopped over on it's side and threw our friend Paula onto the floor in the aisle. We all burst out laughing and couldn't stop. Rod was mortified and wasn't shocked when some nuns threw us out of the chapel. :) We still laugh about it now and Rod still gets mad about it. He has no sense of humor sometimes.
What are you proudest of? Realizing I was an alcoholic and with Rods help quit drinking and lived to tell about it. (I also quit smoking 25 years ago.)
When in life have you felt most alone? When my dad died. Family all lives in New Mexico and couldn't be with them a lot after the funeral.
If you could hold on to one memory from your life forever, what would that be? When I was a child I had measles and was so sick. Dad came home in the middle of the night after working two shifts and came into my room to check on me. He woke me up and gave me my very first doll. It was a nun doll. It was so cool. I loved that doll so much. Wonderful memory.
How has your life been different than what you’d imagined? I never imagined I would have such a great life, so there is that.
How would you like to be remembered? As a kind, gentle soul. One that likes to laugh, but never laugh at you, only with you.
Do you have any regrets? We all have regrets, am I right?
What does your future hold? I like to think my future will just be as good as the past.
If this was to be our very last conversation, is there anything you’d want to say? I would like to say it's been swell meeting all of you. You know, swell should be used more in our day and age. :)
Is there anything that you’ve never told me but want to tell me now? Tell me, I dare you.
Is there something about me that you’ve always wanted to know but have never asked? I'm open to questions. :)