My friend over at Hawk’s Place tagged me with this, and I’m sorry it took me so long to post it. Initially, I thought writing out the ABCs of Me would be a piece of cake. However, it proved to be much more difficult than I thought, hence the very long delay in posting my answers. It might have to do with the fact that I’m uninspired lately, and so trying to think of things that describe me was a real challenge. The alphabet anagram pictured above sort of gives a visual of how my brain must have looked like as I tried to complete this exercise in self-description over the past few weeks.
Thank you, Hawkman, for setting me up with this wonderful little delving exercise (I think).
A – Asparagus. One of my favourites veggies.
B – Books. I surround myself with them, I love everything about them, their textures, their print, their generosity, their comfort.
C - Chocolate. I am suspicious of anyone who tells me they don’t like chocolate. (How is that possible, really?)
D – Dancing. I love doing it in my living room, alone, with my kids, or out on a dance floor with my friends. And slow-dancing (with someone, not with my broom)…..nothing beats that. Ok, maybe bellydancing, because that’s awesome doing it alone or for someone.
E – Émerveillement….French for wonderment, of which I’m happy to say I have a huge reserve.
F – Friends. I wish I had started cultivating them sooner.
G – my daughter. By having to be her role model, she teaches me much about being a woman.
H – Hockey. THE Coolest Game On Earth.
I – Italy, where I would love to go one day on a month-long journey of discovery.
J – Journals. I’ve kept them most of my life, some I’ve tossed, others I’ve kept. Writing in journals brings alot of clarity to muddled thinking. But sometimes it can also make everything clear as mud. Either way, journaling gets to the heart of it.
K – Knowledge. I forever seek it and hope my curiosity only grows as I get older.
L – Love. As a verb.
M – Music. Mood-maker, mood-gauger. Expressor of my soul. When the words don’t cut it, music steps in & shows the way.
N - Nail biting. I’ve done it since I was maybe 5 years old, and still do. In private.
O – Outdoors. I’m not a traditional outdoorsy-kind of woman, I just like being outside in nature. Being an apartment-dweller makes one long even more for the gift of stepping out into your own backyard in your bare feet at dawn to watch the sunrise. Or to feel the moon shine down as you stargaze on the deck with a good cuppa.
P – my son, who continues to draw me into his perfect little 8-year-old world of hockey & drawing & knights, and lets me know that for him, I’m it.
Q - Quest. I just like the word & what it evokes. Searching, being on a journey, defying obstacles to attain a goal, and finding out that the quest IS the goal.
R - Reading. Ok, I know it’s related to the B word, but I love reading, and I do it all the time: at work; on break; while eating my lunch; before bed; while waiting for the coffee to finish percolating, then while enjoying a cup of the fresh brew; at the beach. I remember walking to school & reading at the same time. I actually miss taking city buses because it gave me some reading time (but I’m glad to have my own wheels). And I love reading alone, reading aloud to my kids, or reading to a special someone far away…..
S – Shy. Some think it’s a barrier to alot of things, but I’ve come to see my shyness as self-preservation, restraint in heated moments, and an approach to life that makes me think a little more than I might if I was a little bolder. Sometimes I AM bold, I just take a little longer to get there. (See, now that I’ve had some time to think, I really wanted to say Sex for my S letter…..)
T - Thanksgiving. My favourite holiday.
U – Underline. I hit some key & now I don’t know how to get rid of the underline feature……AACCKKKK!!! Really, though, my U word would be University, which I wished I had the opportunity to attend.
V – Victor. My dad. He was a winner right down to his name.
W – Wine. I can definitely live without it (and most of the time, lack of funds dictate that I DO live without it!), but when I can, I feel very grown up browsing the liquor store, picking out a few interesting bottles (that I really know nothing about), then heading home & pouring myself a glass to enjoy throughout the evening.
X - Xenophile. Ok, I had to look in the dictionary for this one, but this is a good word for me because it means a person who is attracted to foreign people, manners, and cultures.
Y – Yaweh.
Z - I still pronounce this as “zed”, not “zee”, despite my formative years watching Sesame Street.
So there you go, those are the ABCs of me. I’m supposed to tag five people with this, but I’m not sure how to do that. So I’m going to leave it up to you, if you feel like writing out your own ABCs, you can do that. If you feel like leaving it as a comment, please go ahead, I would really like to read more about you. If you have a blog & want to post your ABCs on your own space, you can do that too & link back to this post.