Saturday Nine

1. What is the most “down and out” that you’ve ever been?

Probably when my husband got out of the navy and we moved to Georgia. I was pregnant with Zach, and the only job Donnie could find was as a carpenter with no benefits, making $10/hr. We had to live with friends for several months, including five weeks after the baby was born. I’m thankful for the grace our friends extended us, but it was an awful, miserable time. It still bothers me that the long-awaited birth of my first child happened under such stressful circumstances. 🙁

2. Do you believe there is only one “right” religion?

I can’t say I believe there is only one, as I believe in the God of the Judeo/Christian scriptures and believe that Jews and Christians alike will enjoy the blessings of heaven as promised by God in his word. Jews as God’s chosen people, Christians as joint heirs through Christ.

3. If you could get back in touch with one person you’ve lost touch with, who would it be and why?

One of my old boyfriends that I’ll keep nameless. Because I am so curious to see what he ended up doing with his life, whether it matches what I imagined him turning out like, or not. Since I can’t find him on Facebook or anywhere else online, I’m imagining that it probably did. He was sweet, but not exactly the brightest bulb in the box.

4. Has anyone ever held the key to your heart, but did not know it?

I’m not sure that my kids realize how much I love them. I try to make sure they know, but that’s a love I don’t think you can completely understand until you have kids of your own.

5. If your lover cheated on you and profusely apologized, might you accept them back into your life?

I would do whatever I could to preserve my marriage, yes.

6. Have you ever gone to work/school drunk or stoned? If yes, do tell.

Seriously? Sigh. That question involves quite a long trip down memory lane to the days when I was immature enough to do stuff like that. I don’t think I ever did. Hungover a few times, yes, but never directly under the influence of alcohol. (I didn’t get stoned, period.)

7. Who is your favorite relative?

My sister! Both of them! LOL

8. What annoys you most?

Not being heard; people who don’t listen well. Which is a real problem because I live in a house overflowing with selectively-hearing males.

YOU imagine the level of my daily frustration…

9. Tell us of one thing you used to do that you are not proud of.

See number 6. Seriously, substance abuse is so…stupid! And it was all about peer pressure with me, wanting to fit in. I thought if I was drunk, I had an excuse to not be so shy. I always saw my introversion as something to be embarrassed about and eliminated. How I wish I could go back in time and tell the younger “me” that I was just fine the way that I was, and I didn’t have to engage in dumb, illegal activities to be accepted! And that people who tried to coerce me into doing that were not worth my time!

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