Friday, September 14, 2007

Telling on myself...

My son is writing the story of his life thus far, and it has been a very interesting process watching him recount his memories. There are things I was sure he'd recall that he didn't, and things that he chose to highlight that I wouldn't have expected. I'm loving his language arts teacher for this assignment.

All this has prompted me to reflect a bit, and I thought you might enjoy getting to know me a bit better. I was born Sept. 21, 1966, and grew up in Fort Wayne, IN. (Don't start to worry; this isn't going to be a blow-by-blow, but everyone starts from somewhere.) I am the oldest daughter of 2 firstborns, so you might assume that I'm a perfectionist. While there are some things that I want done "just so," I'm much less particular than either of my parents. My only sibling Joan is 2.5 years my junior, and she took on all the firstborn characteristics I didn't want. She graduated valedictorian of our high school, and maintained a 4.0 through college. She's an amazing technical pianist and organist, but I'm the better vocalist.

Music played a big role in my childhood. My parents sang in the church choir weekly for over 35 years, and I was also in choir through elementary, middle school, and high school. I survived 7 years of piano lessons, started playing flute in 5th grade, and in high school was in the swing choir, marching and concert band. I was a great student, but didn't have to study. As you can imagine, this drove my sister crazy.

I walked away from everything musical in college. Why? I was somewhat intimidated, but I was also ready for something else. The "something else" I discovered was writing, and a love for shaping words into sentences blossomed through my coursework in communications. I love expressing myself with just the right words, and reading a well-crafted article or story is like indulging in fine dark chocolate. I also like knowing and using unique words in my everyday vocabulary. I don't do it to be snobbish, and sometimes I don't even realize I'm using a word that others may not be familiar with. So please don't be offended. It's just who I am.

I have been married for 17 years to the most wonderful, caring, insightful, sensitive, handsome man. I met him at a pay phone, and after I clarified for him that I was not married we dated for 3 months before he proposed. Not many thought we'd make it, but he understands me like no one else, and lavishes me consistently with unconditional love. I'd follow him to the ends of the earth.

My husband will tell me when he sees this that this post was too long, so I'll quit with this last observation. I never had animals growing up, and never knew what I was missing until we got a dog shortly after we got married. I wouldn't live without a dog now, and we currently have 2 Australian shepherds.

Well, I hope you enjoyed reading this. I'd love to know more about you too, so why don't you tell me something about yourself by leaving me a comment. Share something that is unique about you that you'd like others to know. If you're still reading, then you're someone I know enjoys relating. Thanks...


L. said...

I love hearing people's stories!! We have more in common.. I was in band & orchestra too - violin and clarinet. I, too, abandoned music for writing. Even though I chose my college in part because it had the prestigious Eastman School of Music, I passed that by for English. I still have all the papers I wrote and I read so many great books. I'm a perfectionist too, but the youngest of three. An unplanned third =) so a big space between me & my sis - a true middle child, and my brother, the perfect firstborn. 3 months & a proposal - that is a great story. Who were you calling on the payphone? And there will be people reading this who've never used a payphone and are wondering where the heck your cell phone was! =)Hmm. What else do people not know? I'm a farm girl at heart and love all things dairy, so I have to walk a lot. My favorite books are the ones that make me cry. Trinity is one of the best books I've ever read, and I hope it's on the bookshelves in heaven. =) I'm Irish, I love to be terrified on rollercoasters and in scary movies (suspense scary, not violent scary) and for celebrities I adore Bruce Willis, John Cusack and Geena Davis. I can totally go nuts in an office supply store, and Starbucks gives me a strange sense of peace and happiness, as do all things blue, email and baby rabbits! Happy Saturday!

NC said...

I loved reading about you and your DH! great story! I am walked away from a musical "career" in college. I was a classically trained pianist for 12 years and when I went away to college, I walked away from it and never looked back, much to my mother's dismay. I was very good at it, but it wasn't may passion. No regrets!

Anonymous said...

Jenn - I am so glad that you found a mate whom you can trust and be so devoted to.

I too am fortunate in that way. My wife is BEAUTIFUL! From the moment I saw her she has captured my heart.

Now after 17 years of being married I can't imagine spending a day without her. She understands me (I tend to be quite a character) and she is a fountain of grace.

You wouldn't believe how sensitive a mother she has been. When were dating she didn't even think she wanted children. However, she has raised our 13 year-old boy into a young adult with compassion and a unconditional love.

I look around at so many people who arn't sure if they married the right person - I know I did!

It seems like we both have a unique gift from God.

Have a great day!