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Tagged - Livin' the Good Life

Jul. 7th, 2008

09:25 am - Tagged

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Looks like I've been "tagged" by Jeannie. That means I have to answer some questions and then "tag" 5 bloggers I know, so they can do the same. This smacks a bit of chain letters, which I detest. I NEVER respond to chain letters, so don't even THINK about sending me one! But, I will answer these questions, and I do know one or two other bloggers that might like to answer them. So, I'll give it a try. I find that my life is extremely simple and that some of the questions are not good ones for me. I'd rather be asked about my philosopies of life or my opinions about stuff or what I learned from my parents or my husband or my children. Those are the kinds of questions that interest me. But, here it goes:

1. What was a doing 5 years ago?
I had one teenager, Ben, at home and I was very happily indulging in my last year or two of officially "parenting"... I truly savored that time, knowing how fast it would slip by. Ben was still very enjoyable at age 17.

2. What are five things on my to-do list today?
I have my whole family here (except for Gabe) to celebrate Ben and Ely's birthdays. I will be preparing meals for a large group, and then I will:
Enjoy my family
Enjoy my family
Enjoy my family
Enjoy my family

3. What are 5 of my favorite snack foods?
I am not a snacker. I guess I would always snack happily on any kind of ripe, juicy fruit.

4. What would I do with a billion dollars?
Ah, now THAT'S a good question! I would buy up lots of land. I would buy 100 acres and divide it up among family members, dig wells, and start a solar-run, self-sustaining commune: "Lester Haven". I would love to help design houses on the property. I've got some great ideas! There would be a cental area for our families to garden and a central orchard. Plenty of shade trees and wonderful play areas for grandchildren. We'd have electric cars (powered by our solar panels). I would buy undeveloped land in many parts of the world to be left that way. We would have a variety of places to go, should we need to leave this area. Since we have no debt, I would just give money away to organizations that I support. I would pay for bike trails in our town, so cars would rarely be necessary. I would pay for starting up a natural food co-op and community center for its members. I would pay for any education that my offspring, or their offspring, desired. I would help them financially to start businesses, especially home businesses, so they would all be able to be home with their children and no grandchild of mine would ever have to be placed in day-orphanages... oops!... I mean, daycare. Since we don't have a billion dollars yet (maybe someday?), we are doing the best we can to realize these dreams in a smaller way. And I'd say that we live a pretty idyllic life considering we don't have unlimited money at this point. We aren't billionaires, but we might as well be.

5. What are 5 jobs I've had?
Hmm... I only had two jobs before I met Steve. I worked as a waitress in a health food store and I ran a riding stable. I did not like working for money. I do like working for love, and that's just what being a homemaker and mother is. That's the only job I'm really proud of. I guess I'm a childbirth teacher for money, and I think I've done a lot of good from that service. But, still, the stuff I've done "for free" is my best work.

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From:lestermom
Date:July 7th, 2008 07:49 pm (UTC)

Resistance to Arbitrary Rules

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Looks like I'm not a very good rule-follower, because I was supposed to write FIVE things I would do if I was a billionaire. Instead I just rattled off as many as came to mind. Also, I don't like the part about listing the people I'm tagging. I'll have to get their permission first.
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From:ext_56511
Date:July 8th, 2008 04:02 pm (UTC)

I hope you DO get a billion dollars

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Because it looks like you would use it well!

I feel the same way as you about chain letters. I don't care if I will die at midnight if I don't pass it on, or have the answer to my fondest wish if I do pass it on....I never pass it on.

So don't tag me.... :-)

but it was fun to read what you'd do with a billion dollars! Funny how inflation has taken hold of this daydream. When I was a kid, a million dollars seemed to have so much scope--what couldn't you do with a Million Dollars.... Now it takes a Billion to give us that feeling of wide-open scope!
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From:womantalk
Date:July 8th, 2008 11:50 pm (UTC)
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Chain letter qualities aside - I enjoyed reading your answers!

And I certainly didn't intend to impose any rules on you, although I think arbitrary rules are sometimes useful. Think of it as simply an idea catalyst for writing. I had fun answering those questions, if I hadn't, I wouldn't have tagged you.

When I taught writing I always had my students write everyday and most were much more comfortable when I gave them a topic and specific guidelines, but of course I was always open to breaking the "rules." The daily routine was meant to create an impetus of writing and I was glad to see students begin to chafe under dictated topics and ask to choose their own topics when they were ready.
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From:lestermom
Date:July 9th, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
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I know, Jeannie. You've always inspired, and sometimes goaded, me to write on topics I probably wouldn't have bothered to write about. I appreciate that. Thanks!
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