What fascinated me as a child?
I pondered this question for quite some time before I came across the answer. I was looking at Facebook and saw a reference to Our Lady of Perpetual Astonishment. That truly describes my childhood. I was in awe of so many things. I loved the stars, I loved the sunshine, I loved walking barefoot in the grass. I loved singing and I loved jumping rope.
Strangers fascinated me as well. For one thing, I had this stupid accent and everyone around me talked differently, well except for my family, of course.
I loved hearing what my friends had for dinner. I wanted to know what they got for birthdays and Christmas.
For a child, I loved talk shows on television. They talked about things so very strange to me. I watched Mike Douglas and Merv Griffin religiously. I probably got away with it because Daddy was working, and Mother had housework or gardening to do.
Something that didn’t fascinate me was cartoons. I wanted to sleep in on Saturdays. I got up usually in time to watch the Tarzan movie. I liked Tarzan much better than the Roadrunner or Daffy Duck.
When you grow up in a very strict religious household where almost everything is considered sinful, the world is an amazing place. I guess because most of it was taboo for me, it made it all the more wonderful.
I was astonished that Daddy would trim our trees back every year and they would come back and continue to grow. I was astonished that my mom could make just about anything and she never opened a cookbook.
I was astonished at my neighbors, the clerk in the grocery store, my teachers and the students in my classes.
I think I still have that in me. I have had such a tremendous life and I have done things that I never thought as a child I would do. I’ve swam beneath the ocean, I’ve flow in a balloon too many times to remember how many. I’ve learned to make chicken cordon bleu, lasagna, Mu Shu Pork and things I’d never even heard of as a child.
I have a husband who loves me and I have two of the most wonderful daughters ever. And now I have two son-in-laws that I adore, and a new grandson.
Life is just fascinating!
Peace be with you.