1. The War. We all talk about, it, write about it, but you have to live it - 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for you have currently have a Son over there in combat. How has that changed you and your Husband, how has it changed your life (if at all in both cases), and what would you tell the parents of the "neighbor teen" who can't wait to "see action?"
For John and I, having Michael in Iraq has changed us in many ways. The biggest being that we appreciate and cherish and celebrate every minute with our children. For me personally I would say it has made me more politically aware of whats going on . I always followed politics but this makes me more serious. It has definitely made me an activist for peace. I was always for PEACE but now I try to have my voice heard. There are little ways that it has changed me also such as losing sleep, walking around w/a phone CONSTANTLY in my hand, worrying, worrying, worrying.... and feeling helpless to help my son.
I feel, so deeply for everyone w/a family member over there and for all the soldiers. I want to protect them from these life changing, awful, unnecessary events that occur in a war. But unfortunately I can't do that. So at the very least I want to reach out and let these soldiers and families know I care. I care that you are there. I care about what you are going through. I think it's important because it sure as hell doesn't seem like anyone does care.
I think the best advice I can give parents who may have a child wanting to see action is educate them about the war. Let them read what vets have to say. Let them read the blogs of soldiers who are there now. Better yet get them involved in politics at a very young age. Let them know how you feel about war. Take them to PEACE rallies. If peace is instilled in them at a young age they hopefully wouldn't even consider joining the military. I wish I had had political discussions w/my children. We talked about some things but not war. Big regret. I never would have thought in a million, trillion years that one of my children would join the military. If you can't educate them into not joining than hogtie them until the feeling passes or the next fleeting fancy comes along and take ahold of them.
2. You are enormously talented in a number of areas. Much of your Mosaic work appears on this blog, as well as on this one. Describe in detail what lead you to your interest in Mosaics, did you attend college as an art major, and are there other areas you'd like to branch out to? If you could do the "dream Mosaic", what would it be?
TUA you flatter me. "Enormously talented". Wow. It's just not me. I wish w/every fiber in my being that I had attended college as an art major. I do believe I have a lot of potential I just need the training.
I moved out of my parents house the second I turned 18 and before I was even done w/High School. I did finish my senior year hitch-hiking to school. My father had that same attitude that you see the main character in the movie Cinderella Man has. You don't take the dole. No handouts. With 7 kids that means you don't exactly encourage them to go to college when you're not going to accept financial aid. I think the offer was something like 2 years of community college (and this offer was presented while screaming at the top of his lungs). Ummm....no thanks. I couldn't wait to get out of there. A few of my siblings did work there asses off and went. For the record, shortly before he passed away my father admitted that it was a big mistake not to send his kids to college.
I have always been creative in some way. I drew alot when I was young. I sewed alot and made my own clothes. I would even design and make my own tops. During the few years between leaving home and starting a family I was really into photography. At some point I really needed to recognize that part of me. I was going stir crazy after years of raising kids and had a real need to express myself and do something that paid and was creative. Lo and behold a friend told me of a local potter who needed an assistant and I jumped on it. I learned everything I know there. Glazing tiles and sinks, and doing mosaic mirrors, sinks, back splashes, floors, all of it. I loved it all and am very appreciative of the experience. After sometime though I had to move on. I slowly set up my own studio.
I am the kind of person who wants to put her finger in every pie which is why I would have loved art school. I want to try it all. I want to be proficient in all types of mediums. There is no type of art I wouldn't want to at least try. I would LOVE to be a great painter. I think it would be such a great form of expression. And I think I will eventually explore this avenue.
My dream mosaic would be something BIG like the whole outside of a building or a very long wall somewhere.
3. You're quite a jogger (with Ipod attached, of course!:P). Have you always liked to run, is it a way to "escape it all" for a while, or purely for physical fitness? If you couldn't run, what would you do?
I came to jogging by way of staying in shape. Yep. I'm not happy when I'm overweight and I like to be happy. I do appreciate it as a form of meditation and I definitely get that runners high but I have a bad-ass sweet tooth and I gotta run to counteract that.
4. Your Husband comes home and says "Pack! We're moving to _____" and you can have your choice of any city in the world - but you have to stay there the rest of your life. What city would that be, and why?
I hate this question because I want to live everywhere! But okay if I have to pick just one...I'm would have to say NYC. (I am tempted to say Savannah though.) Why? Because I love the arts and I could indulge there everyday for the rest of my life and never get bored and because John is just a city guy at heart and is highly entertained by the characters of this particular city when he gets there. I believe he'd take up cab driving so he could talk to everyone and drive like a cabbie.
5. The flood waters are rising. You can only grab three things out of your home to take with you (i.e. pics, computer, favorite clothes, etc.) What would those three things be, and describe your decision in detail?
Good question. I am assuming my family is already out. Photo albums because I love going back over my children's lives. I miss my babies and I don't want to forget how adorable they were. Then I would have to take the computer that has more photos on it and for that reason only. Honestly I can't think of a 3rd. I'd be wearing my wedding ring. I mean I adore clean underwear but one pair wouldn't do me much good. Well I guess I could wear the clean pair while I wash the other so...I'll go with a change of underwear. I mean let's face it if this is treated anything like Katrina I won't be allowed to bring anything and if my family is safe then I will be fine.
OMG! I hope I didn't bore the ca-ca out of everyone.
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