Wednesday, August 25, 2010

First Day of School and the Random Dozen

Yesterday was the first day of school for my kids. For my boy, it's his last "first day" since he's a senior. Sigh. Monday I took them for our traditional IHOP back-to-school breakfast, and I realized that next year it will just be me and my girl. This year is going to be full of too many "lasts." I pulled out the picture of him standing in his kindergarten classroom and juxtaposed it with the picture of him and my girl that I took this morning. How can twelve years pass so quickly? My girl is a sophomore, and I can already see her last days barreling toward me. Hasn't somebody invented a Pause button for life yet?

1. What is your favorite Mexican dish?

Seriously?! Asking a Texan to pick a favorite Mexican dish is like saying which child is your favorite. Let's see, I love chicken flautas, cheese enchilada suizas (cheese enchiladas with a creamy sour cream sauce on top), tacos, queso and chips, fajitas, nachos, flaquitos. . .

I don't especially like tamales or burritos.

2. When you were a kid, did you get started on your homework right away after school, or did you procrastinate?

I generally did it pretty quickly. I procrastinated on projects until 7th grade when I was up past midnight finishing one. (That was extremely late for our house.) That cured me.

3. What is your favorite store for home furnishings?

Don't really have one; I'm not much of a decorator. I'll take whichever one has the best quality for the lowest price.

4. When you were young, did you like school lunches?

Well, I only got to buy lunch at school once a year for my birthday. I liked the idea of buying lunch, but I was underwhelmed by the reality.

5. Is religion a crutch?

Religion? Yes, especially when folks rely on "religion" to avoid an encounter with God.

Christianity? Yes - because we're all crippled without Christ.

6. In your region, what is the "big" (most popular in the community or state) high school sport?

Lid, you need to come visit Texas. Football is the national sport of Texas.

7. Do you consider yourself rich?

Not particularly. Except for blessings and family. And the fact I live in Texas! Of course, all of us are rich compared to poverty-engulfed third world countries. But comparing to others of my age and education around here, no.

8. Which of these would you have the best chance for success in administering:
B) Heimlich Maneuver
C) Changing a flat tire

This one's a no-brainer. CPR and the Heimlich - I can do both.

9. Which dance would you prefer to learn & why:
A) Salsa
B) Hip Hop
C) Waltz
D) Swing

I think waltzing is beautiful, graceful, and romantic!

10. What's the worst news you've ever delivered to someone?

Calling my missionary sister and telling her our dad had died. (It was very sudden.)

11. Name something you learned in college that had nothing to do with classes or academics.

I learned that I HATE anything called Shepherd's Pie.

12. New variation on an old question: If there's a song in your head that just won't get out, what is your favorite (or most repeated) line in that song?

Today, since it was the first day of school, while I was fixing dinner, the old School Days, School Days was driving me much. It was like I was in a never-ending loop with the lines, "You were my queen in calico, I was your bashful barefoot beau, You wrote on my slate, 'I love you so' when we were a couple of kids." Usually, though, a song will get in my head if I just hear part of it or only know part of it. So it keeps looping through incessantly trying to get resolved.

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Teresa Dawn said...

That would be a horrible phone call to have to make.

How can you not like Shephard's Pie?

Diana Ferguson said...

The last "firsts" of school turn into many more firsts! Wishing him a GREAT senior year.

Jill said...

#11 made me laugh. And I know what you mean about all those last firsts. Such a bittersweet time!

Cindy said...

Our youngest returned to school last week (he's a sophomore in high school this year). Since he is the last and only one still in school I'm well aware that we are beginning many "lasts".

I enjoyed school shopping with him even though he's past needing crayons and markers. He did beg for a Star Wars folder just for fun though! lol!

SusanD said...

You may be encountering lots of "lasts" but thing of all the "firsts" yet to come. Great answers. Blessings, SusanD

Judy@Just Enough Light said...

That Senior year. Heart-wrenching.
There has to be a story behind the whole hating Shepherd's Pie thing...

Barbara H. said...

My youngest is a junior this year, so we still have a year to go, but on his first day last week, I saw a father walking his young daughter to school -- she must have been 5 or so, joyfully skipping along to school. Made me all teary thinking back to when my boys were little.

Like your answer to #5, and my answer to 7 was pretty similar.

LOVE Mexican food! Need to find a good restaurant here in TN.

Joyce said...

Enjoy this senior year...its bittersweet.

Shepherds Pie...I love it! But after today's random I''m seriously craving Mexican food.

Melli said...

I don't live in Texas and I still found that a tough question -- and I LOVE my son-in-law's mother's homemade tamales! I had never had a "real" tamale until she brought some last Christmas - mmmmmm!

I DON'T like Shepherd's Pie - but I didn't learn it in collage.

Quality furniture/low price -- there's the rub!

Lisa Laree said...

My second son began his senior year a couple of weeks ago...I'm gonna be with you each step of the way! His younger sister, the baby of the family, is a freshman. The End is In Sight. Only 4 more years...

Anonymous said...

Shepherd's Pie is made a lot of ways! I have never had it the way I make it and my friends make it different ways and well - how can you not like the way I make it? It is to die for! ;-)

I love your answer to whether you are rich! I think it speaks volumes that you consider yourself rich in blessings and family!

Thena said...

If I hadn't of had tacos last night I'm sure by now I would be craving them.
Shepherds Pie is so good when made the right way.

Teresa Dawn said...

Ah well see, I've only had the homemade by mum or grandma that morning type shephard's pie and it's quite good :p

Lea @ CiCis Corner said...

Enjoyed your answers today. And, seeing the empty next is just around the corner is so difficult. I remember so well when our daughter, our last, graduated from high school and headed off to college. I thought I might not recover. But, it wasn't long until Hubby and I settled into our "new life" and I must say, it has truly been wonderful. God really does know what He's doing and we rear our children, give them wings and then allow them to fly. It's all a part of His great plan. Joyful blessings to you!

Kim said...

Oh Linda! You made me laugh and cry on this post! This is my oldest's junior year and I'm already thinking..."this is almost the end". But, on the other hand, I'm so proud of the young men my sons have become, and I'm praying now for godly wives for them both! (like maybe your daughter! ha! ha! )

Kathy said...

I enjoyed your answers today. A sophomore and a senior??? I remember those days--about 10 years ago. My advice...don't blink! It goes way too fast!

Mel said...

I enjoyed reading your answers to the random dozen. Thanks for stopping by and reading mine. I am following you now :)

momma24 said...

Great answers! Enjoyed reading them

Pam from alertandorientedx4 said...

I have a senior and a sophomore, too...and a freshman and one that WAS going to be in his 2nd year of college, but...let;s just say that online music appreciation class was harder than he thought and the lottery scholarship went bye-bye. I agree about tamales, too. But ya gotta love a good burrito, now!

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