Try not to worry about “fitting in” or following the crowd – we have lots of those folks already. What we need in the world is heroes, trailblazers, and people who make the world a better place. If you can’t be one of those people, at least support someone who IS trying. They’re easy to spot – they’re the ones that make you say to yourself, “Gee, I wouldn’t do THAT!”
When did you make the biggest difference?
When I risked my own safety to ensure others were well cared for (during the Storm of the Century in 1993).
Who had the most influence on your life?
My best friend Ema (who passed away). She loved me for all of my faults, anyways.
What was your greatest moment?
Greatest moment? I don’t know for sure. Perhaps, I had the courage to continue on (in a few areas of my life) where others may have “given up” – or is that also know as being stubborn?
What do you want to be when you grow up?
I haven’t grown up – yet.
What did you admire most about your mother/father/parents?
My parents, in many respects, taught me what NOT to do as a parent. My father knew me as a person, at least. My mother was too addicted to valium to care.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Everything is going to be alright. You’ll survive.
Share something you learned at your day job that applies to life in general.
Do the best you can, in the time you have – and then leave it at work. Home is suppose to be a sanctuary, a place where love lives and where you are rejuvenated to take on another day in the (sometimes) big bad world.
What was the most important thing your grandmother/grandfather/grandparents ever taught you?
I never met my grandfathers. And there was only one grandmother I visited on Manitoulin Isle as a child. Another grandma (from Poland) was “a fighter.” I sensed my grandmothers loved me more than my own mother – but I didn’t have much time to get to know them. I think unconditional love is soooo important (and what most grandparents provide).
Share a moment that made you laugh out loud.
Oh, there are sooooo many moments that make me laugh out loud. I love comedians and feel they are undervalued. At the heart of every good comedian is an angry person who sees many injustices in the world, imo. I wish I were funny (I try).
I suppose a moment that made me laugh out loud was when I became known for slipping a whoopie cushion under peoples’ bottoms (when folks returned from the bathroom) at a fancy dinner party. Everyone became kind of nervous to sit down (and friends of mine kept passing the whoopie cushion around).
Even after I reassured folks that the whoopie cushion was “put away” – they still had that look of apprehension on their face when they began to sit. Oh, it all made me laugh out loud.