My three questions for the week:
1. What do you want for your birthday?
My birthday is a month from today. It’s weird getting questions like this when you’re an adult.
What do you really tell people?
All I want is the same cake I get from Benkert’s Bakery (located in Centereach, NY – worth the drive no matter where you live!). It’s a triple chocolate fudge cake. I only have it once a year. I wonder why
2. Why was Pluto demoted?
Mini is really stuck on this whole Pluto thing! I get tired of answering the same questions over and over, so I told her to do a little research on it.
She comes back with “It’s a planetoid now, which has the word planet in it. That means it’s a planet.”
You know what? I’m going to give her this one.
Let her future Science teacher reason with her
3. Who do you consider a role model?
There are many people who do good in this world.
They donate their money and time to charity.
They use their voices for good, not evil.
They make the most of a bad situation.
I commend them all. Truly, I do.
For me personally? It’s that beautiful woman in that picture. My Grandmother, “Nanny”.
Nanny lived her life in service to others. In her later years, she was a Senior Companion. If you asked her what she did, she would tell you “I take old ladies shopping.” The kicker? These ladies were younger than she was!
Even in her passing at the age of 93, she was still in service to others. Nan donated her body to Science. I always told her they might find the fountain of youth in her. She said to me, “Good. then I can haunt you people forever!”
She didn’t judge. She said our lives are our lives. It wasn’t up to her to judge one way or another. She gave her opinion when asked… or even when not. She made the typical old people jokes (along the lines of “Quiche ya? I hardly know ya!”), but sometimes she came out with the funniest one-liners (as previously mentioned in her comment about haunting us).
For instance, another extended family member complained all the time. Nanny referred to her as “Moan-a”. She would hilariously mutter it under her breath when the other family member started in on whatever. I’d have to hide my face and stifle my laughter.
When my sister once took Nan to the ER because of a nosebleed, the nurse asked her if she snored. Nan’s response? “I don’t know. I’ve never stayed awake to check.”
She will always be my role model. I aspire to be like her.
So I ask all of you…
What do you ask for when your birthday comes around?
What are your feelings on Pluto?
Who do you look up to?