Today I am finally taking some time to catch up on my blog reading. It was only due to a chance conversation with my younger brother (who is currently deployed to Afghanistan) about blogs that I realized just how long it has been since I used mine! I'll try to post updates about everything that has been going on during this busy, busy spring, but for now I'm enjoying a quick meander through the Wednesday Hodgepodge from Joyce. Feel free to join in, link up, and become part of the fun!
1. What do you think makes a good dad?
I think that more than anything, a good father loves and wants the best for his child. This doesn't have to mean going outside to play catch or teaching a child how to properly cast a line, but a good father works hard to live a life worth emulating and encourages his child's interests and desires. Being able to admit mistakes and work to rectify them is pretty important, too...we parents are human, and we are the longest running example to our children of how to live. Treating others with respect, showing kindness and love, and being a strong support are at the top of my list. I'm thankful that my father and my husband both meet those requirements. :)
2. What’s something you learned from your own father?
My father taught me the beauty in music...all different kids of music were found in our home over the course of my young life as my father played everything from a fiddle, mandolin, dulcimer, and banjo in bluegrass bands to electric guitar and big bass in rock bands. He also taught me the value in pursuing something you love even when it's not easy. As a self-taught musician, he had to work hard in order to meet his own expectations--and having a family to support didn't make meeting his goals any easier. He also taught me not to allow myself to be subsumed by my children and family life. I have never been the mother who lost her identity to motherhood, and I have him to thank for that.
3. It’s your birthday-what kind of cake will we be having?
Something nut free and homemade, so I know it's safe for me to eat! :) A butter cake is sounding pretty good right now! Then again, we might just have homemade cinnamon rolls instead.
4. When you’re faced with a big decision are you more of a go with your gut type of person, or are you someone who reasons it all out, weighing the pros and cons?
I do both...I find my gut feeling, then weigh the pros and cons if I'm still not sure. I'm also good about asking others for direction or thoughts--Then I make a choice and stick with it!
5. June is National Dairy Month. What’s your favorite dairy item? Most often purchased dairy item?
My favorite dairy item is butter...it's just so versatile and tasty! :) My most often purchase dairy item would be a toss up between milk and cheese. We go through a lot of both in this house.
6. Explorer Jacques Cousteau was born on June 11, 1910….what’s something you’ve recently discovered or something you’d like to explore?
I recently discovered the treasure trove of items left in my new classroom by a retiring teacher, so I'm excited to explore everything that's there for me. :) Other than that, I haven't done much discovery or exploration lately. Life has been pretty busy.
7. Are you typical of your generation?
Probably not...I tend to be more of a throw-back in many ways. I'm darn near a Luddite compared to some of my more tech-savvy friends. I still have a cell phone without internet access, and we have a landline with a newly installed answering machine. The phone is corded, no less! :)
8. Insert your own random thought here.
After dealing with a big outbreak of itchy hives that just doesn't want to calm down, I think I can safely say that this is worse than Chinese water torture--just as unending, just a crazy-making, and just as difficult to get to sleep more than a short snatch at a time. Boooo!