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Another meme. More personal this time.

I'm going to answer this one and you all answer it too.

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. :)



( 19 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 5th, 2016 09:50 am (UTC)
Congrats on being sober!! I've had the same struggle. I've been sober since '83, but it's not been an easy path.

One day at a time.
Sep. 5th, 2016 09:53 am (UTC)
I say that a lot. Congratulations to you. :) I've got a good group of family and friends that are great for keeping it real for me so I don't go back into that same route.
Sep. 5th, 2016 11:21 am (UTC)
*hugs Patt tightly*

I'm so glad you have Rod in your life.
Sep. 5th, 2016 04:20 pm (UTC)
I'm glad too, DB. He's one of the good guys.
Sep. 5th, 2016 12:11 pm (UTC)
I don't think I could answer most of these... Earliest memory? Must have been about three, not quite four, and my mother taking me to see the house my parents hoped to rent (they did.)

Favourite memory? Possibly the first time I saw a Brocken Spectre (I've only ever seen three or four) - and it was on my favourite hill, Schiehallion.

Biggest regret? Deciding to - well, experiment with having a boyfriend when I was about 30. Until then I'd known I didn't want to marry. Biiiig mistake. I liked the guy, trusted him, or I wouldn't have gone out with him... but it was the most miserable time of my entire life, and I've been much, much happier once we broke up and I decided that I'd been right, growing up; I get on fine with the men I know, but I've been far better off without a man in my life.

I've put this out of order because it's more upbeat than my last answer. How I would like to be remembered? As an at least competent writer. (Because we sent the British Library their statutory copies of our Trek zines, I know a lot of my Trek writing will survive. But I also like to think that because of AO3 my writing in other fandoms will live on after me.)
Sep. 5th, 2016 04:25 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for the mess of having that man in your life. I can honestly understand that. My sister is the same way. She prefers to be by herself and do things her own way. She learned to take care of things that her man would have done and loves doing it.

Your earliest memory is young, to me anyhow. What a great favorite memory. :)

you will always be remembered as a great writer, Sheila. And AO3 is a wonderful place to have everything on.
Sep. 5th, 2016 05:14 pm (UTC)
Actually, the bloke was well served. I'd discovered he was going out with someone else at the same time as he'd been talking to me about getting married(!) Anyway, he took her out one night two or three months later and they joined up with some of his friends for a drink... and out of the blue one of them asked her to marry him - and she said yes. They had never, to the best of anyone's knowledge, ever gone out together. I bumped into him a few days after I was told about it, and he apologised for the way he'd treated me - and I think it was possibly the first time he'd ever apologised for something serious. I accepted the apology, but even if he'd asked me out again I wouldn't have gone.

I take it you know what a Brocken Spectre is?

Great writer? No, not great - but I'll be satisfied with competent.
Sep. 5th, 2016 05:32 pm (UTC)
I went and looked it up after you wrote it. I learn so much from you. Very cool and interesting too. :)
Sep. 8th, 2016 10:19 am (UTC)
Rod sounds like a good guy, a rock. I'm glad you have him in your life. ♥
Sep. 8th, 2016 01:55 pm (UTC)
I'm glad too. :) How do you make the hearts in the post?
Sep. 8th, 2016 05:20 pm (UTC)
You press Alt and 3 at the same time.

Edited at 2016-09-08 05:20 pm (UTC)
Sep. 8th, 2016 05:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I've always wanted to do one and kept forgetting to ask anyone. Mine didn't work. :(
Sep. 8th, 2016 05:35 pm (UTC)
I'm so bummed. I wonder why mine won't work. ^!^
Sep. 8th, 2016 05:46 pm (UTC)
Try pressing alt first, then press 3 and let go. It can be temperamental.
Sep. 8th, 2016 05:49 pm (UTC)
It's wierd, it won't let me. :(
Sep. 8th, 2016 05:52 pm (UTC)
There are a number of methods, try googling it up, that's what I did. It may work differently depending on regions or keyboards.
Sep. 8th, 2016 05:54 pm (UTC)
I will google it because I'm supposed to be cleaning and I was looking for an excuse not to. LOL
Sep. 8th, 2016 05:56 pm (UTC)
Sep. 8th, 2016 06:03 pm (UTC)
LOL. I like your style.
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