Monday, December 3, 2007

Monday Meme - Curious as a Cat

Curious as a Cat posts thought-provoking questions each Monday, and it always sparks interesting discussion and ponderings. I haven't had a chance to participate in awhile, so here goes! Plus, Cat reminds us that you don't have to play on Monday, so if you wanna join in, go ahead whenever you want!

1) If you had to experience one trauma your mother has gone through so that you could better understand her, what would you choose?

My mother's mother died when my mom was only 20. From what I understand, her mom was ill for most of her childhood, and thus my mom never really HAD much of a childhood. She was an only child, and wound up caring for my grandfather as the primary homemaker. Over the years, I have asked my mom about her mother's life and death, and my mom has (understandably) blocked most of it out. And I mean, completely. There are just no memories of it. Thus, I have had to speculate, recreate, and imagine what it must have been like for her to grow up with a sick and dying mother.

2) What is the most revolting combination of colors you can imagine?

What a cool question! Let's see.... definitely some combination of vomitous green and poopy brown :)

3) If you could punish the most difficult person at your workplace, what would you do, and to whom?

A previous co-worker of mine at a previous job was definitely toxic. He thought he was god's gift to the workplace, was incredibly pompous and arrogant, and was completely a FAKE. As soon as you got past the slick exterior, you found... nothing. Emptiness. So, I suppose I would just hope that he would one day be exposed as the fake he is. I hate wishing harm to anyone, but I also believe that he could probably cause a lot of harm to others if trusted too much...

4) What is the thing you know the most about?

Hmmm..... I pride myself on knowing a little bit about a lot, so I have to think. I would hope that the answer would be Judaism, since that it my job.... I also have way too much pop culture knowledge. So, between the two, you've got most of my brain.

5) Show and Tell. What comes to mind first when you see this picture? Or, tell a story if it reminds you of one.
I don't know where this picture actually takes place, but it reminds me of Coney Island. I LOVE Coney Island, and I have had a number of memorable visits with family and friends (MJP - I am talking about you!). I don't know how much longer it will remain the Coney Island that we all know and love (they are supposedly tearing most of it down and building condos in the next few years), but the amusement park, historic roller coaster, sideshow, hot dogs, and general ambience make it a very special place. If you've never been - GO!


ZILLA said...

Wow. No wonder I dig you.

My mom's mom died when my mom was 7. Her dad, when she was 27. My father when she was 48 (I was 26). Her older brother shortly thereafter. I have always wished I could understand her better in terms of the losses in her life, because, comparatively speaking I've had so few. And she's always seemed to struggle to find her place in the world -- that's the one thing I would help her with if I could; that, and reclaiming the playfulness she must have had pre-age 7.

I wonder if we both get our compassionate characteristics from our moms... Hm.

Sarene said...

Great stuff, Marci. Your mother sounds like an incredibly strong woman indeed.

I'm tempted to do this meme myself, but to be honest, I think I'm going to have to hold back because let's just say I may reveal too much ;-)

But we'll see!

Ha. Gotcha said...

I understand but too much what you mean about toxic coworkers. Except my problem has to do with my boss. If I started with him, it would never end.

Cat. said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by again! I love your answer for number one, probably because my mom had a similar childhood. I think. She never speaks about anything but the (apparently rather few) good times.

Can't believe they are tearing down Coney Island. I've never been, and since I live in the midwest, I guess I never will, either. Boo!

Sandy Kessler said...

fantastic questions sandy ibeati

JoJO A. said...

The most revolting colors have to go to flashy yellow and flashy green (the highlighters type of colors).

My 6th grade coat, these exact colors. It was tough.