Those of you who have been reading me for a while will know what this photo is. It's me having won my Turkey Award in 2012. It was presented to me by Matthew Pinsent and Peter Schrivener. I can't remember who the woman was. It was an amazing evening to be sure. You don't win a National Industry Award every day of the week! I was honoured. Yep, it's another five things about me post and the first thing is this . . .
In 1966, when I was eleven years old, I won the National Temperance Essay Contest. It was presented at our Awards Assembly at the end of the school year. I had no idea that I had won it so was very surprised when I was called to the front. I doubt I even realized I had entered it. I think the teachers put these things in for you. In any case I won for my age group for Canada and my prize was a cheque for $25 and a book about Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. There was probably a certificate as well, but that has long since been lost.
I wish I had been better at keeping things.
I used to love watching the Micky Mouse Club when I was a girl. It was on at lunch time and I would race home to see it. I think they were probably reruns, but it didn't matter. I just adored the show. Annette was always my favourite Mouseketteer. She was pretty. She was smart. She was talented. She seemed to be very nice and very kind. She was a good role model. I think we were lucky, those of us who were growing up during that time period. We had decent people to look up to.
What a difference between then and today. I feel sorry for the girls who are growing up today if this is what they have to look up to or to aspire to. If they are truly lucky, they will have parents who are able to teach them that this is not who anyone wants to be or emulate. I may be turning 60 this year and seen as an old fuddy duddy, but I am grateful that I grew up when I did. I could probably break the internet with my butt too . . . the difference is I wouldn't want to. (Okay, so sitting on the computer doesn't count, lol)
I grew up loving to swim. I took swimming lessons from the age of five until I was about 13. I was really quite good at it. I used to spend every day in the summer at the local outdoor pool, and it wasn't just to oggle the life guards, although once I passed the age of 13, the male lifeguards were a huge part of why I was there. Although I was never a fantastic swimmer, I was a decent swimmer. I have not been swimming in years now. I am sure it's been at least thirty nine or forty years. I do have a swim suit, which I have never used. My intention was to go to a water aerobics class. Alas, I couldn't afford the class. Nevermind . . . my intentions were good.
I always loved climbing trees when I was a child. I didn't seem to be afraid of much of anything when I was young. I liked nothing better than being able to survey my world from the top of a tree. Things have a completely different perspective from the top of a tree. I doubt I could do it now. First of all I am a LOT heavier and I doubt I could heave all this flesh up a tree, or that a branch could hold me . . . secondly I have a sense of mortality now that I did not have then. Getting
I have had every childhood contagious disease going . . . mumps, measles, chicken pox. I had the mumps twice. Once when I was in infant school and the second time when I was in high school, although the second time I had them it was a very mild case. I can remember when I had the measles, my eyes were very sore and not being able to stand the lights being on in my bedroom. I can also remember the itch of the chicken pox. Good times.
And that's my five things about me for this week! I hope I didn't bore you overly much! Tell me something new about you!
Great news by the way, my eldest son had a very positive job interview yesterday. It was for a company who had already offered him two jobs previously. He couldn't take those as they were too far out of town and he needs a job where he lives really. He can't afford to keep two households running. So, hopefully he will get this one as it's right in his town. Please pray for a positive outcome for him. He and his little family so need this. Thank you so much. I will keep you posted!
A thought to carry with you through today . . .
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch,
a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment,
or the smallest act of caring . . . all of which have the
potential to turn a life around.
I'm cooking a three course Irish Meal in The English Kitchen today . . .
Beginning with Balnamoon Skink
Continuing with a delicious Irish Hunter's Pie . . .
And finishing with a delicious Berry and Buttermilk Cobbler with an Irish Cream Custard.
Have a great Thursday! Don't forget.
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And I do too!