Friday, March 4, 2011
Momma, I didn't show off my panties to the world; but I ate dirt . . .
Five little things you may not know about me:
1. I almost was an underwear/lingerie model.
Don’t laugh! It’s true. This was years ago, of course, teehee. They were looking for “curvy women, with interesting faces.” Now, I don’t know what “interesting face” meant, oh dear, but I guess I had that in their opinion. Now, this was no “runway” modeling . . . haw! At 5’2” and 115 pounds, I was about seven inches too short for my weight to be a “real model.” I chickened out at the last minute and didn’t sign up. But I wonder sometimes—where would that job have led me? Well, Momma, I didn't show off my panties to the world; aren't you just danged ole Proud! *haw*
2. I almost didn’t pursue my writing dream.
I almost forgot my dream was to be a writer. Do you know what brought me back to who I’d always meant to be? Two teachers. I will always love Librarians for their sanctuary in the library when I was a child and how they guided me to books and how librarians are just chock-full of Awesome gooey goodness! But, teachers are who kept steering me back to writing every time I lost myself and strayed.
When I was in school, teachers encouraged my writing, but I didn’t “see” it. I put it aside, and it wasn’t until my middle-to-late forties, when I went to LSU as a “non traditional (read: OLD!)” student, that two English instructors, Barbara Gray and Robin Becker, took me by the hand and jerked my arse back on the path to writing. I was going for a Kinesiology degree! I’d completely denied who I was because I didn’t think I had any gifts or talents. So, sometimes I wonder what would have happened if those two teachers had not jerked me; had not said “Pay Attention to this Kathryn.” I suppose I’d have eventually found my writing voice again—but it’s a little scary to think not or to think more time "wasted."
3. I hate bare feet on me.
What? I gotta explain it? Ungh. Don’t put your bare feet on me. Ungh.
4. I ate dirt as a child.
Okay, not just a little dirt, but lots of dirt. Ewwww. Why? I dunno.
5. I’ve never in my life have worn or tried on a wedding dress.
Okay, that sounds silly, but I wonder what I would have looked like in one in my blush of youth, or my blush of hot flash even *snick*. I wonder how it feels to look at yourself in the mirror and see a fairy princess staring back! *laugh* Some days I think I want to go into a wedding dress store and say, “Hey, I’m 54 years old and have never tried on or worn a wedding dress, can I try one on just to see what all the dang fuss is about?” Then I can pretend I’m a fairy princess for a moment or two before I take the danged thing off because it's smothering me.
So, what's five things about you? And have you done, or not done, any of the above :-D - or almost did something and wonder where it would have taken you?
Have a great weekend! I'm working hard on VK III but am going to try to make it a point to come a-visiting you all on Sunday.