Friday, July 25, 2008

Seven Things About Me

Ruth has tagged me to tell 7 things about me, and they don't even have to be unimportant! So here they are and how would a bunch of you like to play too? If you do, please let me know.

1. In high school, I took a photography class that included developing our film in a darkroom. I really liked it, and my teacher entered me in a local photography contest. I got a first place and a second place. After our marriage, my husband and I continued entering and placing in contests.

2. I have been married 30 years this December to my best friend, lover, soul-mate, confidante, the one who makes me laugh and makes me think, the smartest, most interesting human being I have ever known.

3. We homeschooled our boys from Kindergarten through High School graduation. It took 20 years and it was hard work for all of us. But it was also fun and rewarding, and they are so worth it. They turned out like their dad, so obviously it worked out well!

4. I knew I wanted to go to college from the time I started first grade, but right after high school I decided to get my MRS. degree instead. Which of course I had been determined not to do, but when you meet the love of your life your dreams sometimes change. My husband promised some day he'd send me to college, and when I was in my early forties, he did. I got my degree in 2004. And a really cool side note is that my oldest son went to the same college and we graduated together on the same day, both with honors.

5. I inherited good genes and everyone thinks I am much younger than I am. This can be amusing, but it can be a little weird - in college everyone thought my son was my husband! Freaky. My husband likes to call me his trophy wife. I kind of like that, but I won't mind when I look my age and everyone knows I am his original model!

6. Before the age of 10, I moved with my family constantly. I was in 3 schools by 3rd grade. But at the age of 10, we moved in to the neighborhood I'm in now. I lived with my parents to the age of 18, moved to another house on the same block with my new husband where we rented for 15 years, then we bought the house across the street where we've lived for the past 14 1/2 years.

7. I have long, brown, straight hair parted in the middle. I get it trimmed once in awhile so it doesn't get too shaggy at the ends, but otherwise, I just brush it and (in winter) leave it hanging, or (in summer) put it in a ponytail. If I'm feeling really fancy, I'll use a pretty barrette to pull it partially back, and if I'm feeling really hot, I'll put it in a bun. I have never colored it, and now at 47, it is beginning to get silvery, sparkly threads sprinkled throughout. I toyed with getting it colored when the first ones appeared, but my husband begged me not to and my son showed me in Proverbs 16:31 where it says "A gray head is a crown of glory; It is found in the way of righteousness." So I left them alone, and to my surprise, I like them. I realize they will proliferate and take over at some point - and I intend to let them. I hope to have a beautiful crown of soft, white hair some day, like my grandmother.


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

This was so interesting. It sounds like we are roughly the same age. (I'll be 50 in September, so I may be a year or so older.)

I am so impressed that you home-schooled your sons all the way through high school. What dedication. And then to go through college after that.

You are so lucky to have found such a great relationship so young.

I really enjoyed reading this, and I'm so glad you shared.

P.S. I agreed with your paraphrase on my post this morning.

P.P.S. Is it ok if I call you Tracie, when I write comments back to you on my blog, or do you prefer that I stick to rosezilla?

Cherdecor said...

It was fun getting to know you a little better by reading this interesting post! So, you are a young thing!!Ha! Ha! I loved reading that you graduated on the same day with your son. I graduated in the same week with my mother. We were in different colleges.

Oh, I am so jealous of anyone who can just let their hair down and look good. I wish I could do that! I would love to see your hair. I know that it is really pretty and will look really good as it turns silver.

Yes, 47 is YOUNG!

Merle said...

Dear Rosezilla ~~ A very interesting
post letting us learn more about you.
Congrats on the home schooling and
going to college and graduating with your son. I have never colored my hair either and I am 74. Your numbers turned around. 47 is definitely young
and the best years are ahead of you.
Glad you liked the definitions and
That's when the fight started.
Take care, Love, Merle.

this is my patch said...

Great to hear some random facts about you Tracie. I do have my hair coloured, I don't have strands of grey, I have clumps, and it makes me feel old. I met my man when I was eighteen, we have been together 25 years this year. Congratulations to you and your husband and I hope you continue to have happy years together. x

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

I have given you a blogging award. Check out my blog for details.

Shimmy Mom said...

Great info. I want white hair someday too.

steviewren said...

It is fun to have good genes so that people guess that you are younger. Enjoy that all you can! Cool that you and your son graduated college together.

jenniferw said...

Nobody begged me to keep my gray, LOL! I wouldn't have listened anyway ... you're going to make the 30-years-married mark six months before me and TG! You were such a young bride!

Connie said...

Congratulations on such wonderful accomplishments! Being married 30 years to the love of your life is huge! My in laws have been married 60 years. It took a second try for me to get it right.

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Country Girl said...

I'm a little older and when reading the last paragraph, said ugh! I just got my hair colored today, it's a tad too dark for my taste, but now am almost wishing I hadn't! Good on you for having those good genes!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. It sounds like you have had an interesting life. I like your blog. I've added you to my favorites.

LL said...

So interesting to know these facts about you. I am not so brave...I colour the grey, otherwise I look really old and haggard. One day I will let nature take its course, as to when, who knows. Congratulations on educating your sons yourselves!

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