I have found a new Question-answer activity in which to participate. This is the Wednesday Hodgepodge, and it comes to me, via Mushy Cloud, from Joyce at From This Side of the Pond. Here are this week’s questions, and my answers:
- The first day of spring is here-do you enjoy working in the yard? Weeding, raking, mowing, planting…your favorite springtime garden chore? How about your least favorite? By far and away, my favorite gardening chore is planting. In fact, I’ve been known, when I had a garden, to plant twice as much as I need, so that I can still get a good yield without having to weed — my least favorite garden chore.
- What puts a spring in your step? Being alive — that wasn’t always a given, and I was only half alive for most of the last 40 years, so I greet every morning with a big spring in my step, and a huge smile.
- Describe a time when you had to spring into action. I’d only been a paramedic for two months when a call came through in the middle of the afternoon, and I was the only one around to answer the call. I got to the scene as fast as I could, and I saw a young teenager, obviously already dead. His uncle was trying to do CPR. At my level of training, I was not allowed to stop CPR. I knew the only person I could help was the uncle, so I jumped out of the ambulance, and hustled over to the two of them. I took over the CPR, and I yelled at him to call the pharmacy, because the pharmacist was an EMT, as well, (this was pre-911.) The pharmacist called the hospital, and got a helicopter on the way. I continued CPR on that poor, dead child until the helicopter and the boy’s parents arrived. When they had all flown away in the chopper, the uncle came over to me, and practically fell into my arms, and he thanked me over and over for helping. I was so glad I had jumped, instead of letting him know it was too late.
- We’re having carrots for dinner…would you prefer yours raw or cooked? Definitely raw. Unless you mashed them with cooked turnip — a Thanksgiving tradition at our house.
- Do you take the shampoos and other sundries from your hotel room when its time to check out? If I’ve opened them. Otherwise no.
- What’s the most enjoyable team or club you’ve belonged to and what was it that made it so? In 1987-1989, Mom was the choir director at our church, and that was a great time. We were more like a family, and we did stuff together all week, not just on Sunday.
- Is cloning a sign of progress? Yes. I believe some day that cloning will lead to being able to “bud” missing limbs and regrow them right on the body.
- Insert your own random thought here. Recently, I’ve been somewhat surprised to find that being happy has a lot to do with choosing to be happy. I didn’t understand that until recently, and I was depressed and miserable for a lot of my life. I like to imagine what life would have been like if I’d known.