1. My real life friends came through with another question this week so thank you real life friends. When you've eaten in a restaurant do you complete their comment card? Do you take online surveys highlighted at the bottom of store receipts?
If a restaurant is new and looking for feedback we might fill out their comment card. If it's a place we go regularly we won't, unless there is something particularly bad or particularly outstanding.
I don't bother with the surveys on the bottom of receipts. I'm finding it tiresome to check out of almost any shop these days. The receipt is a mile long even when you're buying just one item, it's also now two or three slips of paper instead of one, and then they whip out the highlighter to circle all the survey information.
2. The (US) ban on women in combat was lifted at the end of January. It will probably be next year before specifics are worked out but it's been reported over 200,000 front line positions will eventually open up to women. Your thoughts?
I'm going to be honest...my initial gut reaction is eh.
I am a huge supporter of our military, and am a military brat myself. I admire the courage, the discipline, and the willingness of our troops to protect this land we love. Women are, and have been in the military for eons filling all sorts of roles. They are pilots, medics, lawyers, programmers, strategists, military police and intelligence officers. I could go on because women can pursue pretty much anything except front line combat. I know female soliders will probably tell me it's not all even steven opportunity wise, but its a long way from where it was even 25 years ago.
In spite of not serving in combat there are still female soldiers killed in every war. You don't have to be on the front line to serve your country, risk your life, or be put in harm's way.
I guess if a woman really wants to be on the front line, and can meet all of the requirements including the physical, then okay. It's the meeting the requirements bit where things get dicey. Will the physical requirements be lessened to accommodate women who, no matter how hard they try, are just not made like men? If so then no, I'm not in favor of it. Men are sent to the front line whether they want to be or not...is that where we're headed with women?
If you're a woman and can meet the current requirements then knock yourself out. I think there are very few who can, and that is not intended, nor should it be taken as, an insult to women. It's just the way we're made.
3. In looking back at all the blog posts you've written, what's your favorite post title?
I could never answer a 'what's your favorite post' question because posts are meaningful for a variety of reasons. Titles are another matter though, and I have a couple of favorites in my blog history. The one that immediately sprang to mind was this one-
Misty Water Colored Naked Barbie Memories Light the Corners of my Mind
4. What's worse-overly permissive parents or overly protective parents? Did your own parents lean toward the permissive or the protective category? If you're a parent where do you fall?
In my opinion the overly permissive parenting style causes more harm, because that one seems to negatively impact society more so than the overly protective.
My parents were definitely not overly permissive, but I didn't feel they were overly protective either. I'm sure there were instances of that at some point along the way, but overall they had balance. I hope I did as well, but we'll see if my daughter plays along and answers this one today.
As teenagers my girls had some pretty amazing adventures all over Europe, which I think confirms I was not overly protective. I also said no to some things other parents may have said yes to (co-ed sleepovers anyone?), and to a teenager some of my 'no' answers may have felt overly protective. I say God gives us parents for a reason.
5. Candlelight-moonlight-firelight-bright lights in the big city....which one's your favorite?
Oh dear. I like them all, depending on mood, weather and occasion. If I can only choose one I'm going with moonlight.
6. Dr. Seuss's birthday was celebrated on Saturday. What's a favorite book you remember (Seuss or otherwise) from your childhood? Did books play an important role in your growing up years? Explain.
Definitely. My mom was a librarian and she brought home stacks of books on a regular basis. Then she read them to us, which is one of my most favorite childhood memories. My younger sister and I walked home from school for lunch all through the elementary grades. We had a full hour for lunch which seems crazy since kids today get about 20 minutes, but it was wonderful. My mom read aloud to us while we ate and we three bonded over funny words, expressions, and the emotion a particular story evoked.
My favorite book as a young child was called Crow Boy by Taro Yashimo. It is the poignant tale of a poor Japanese boy called Chibi, an outcast who was made fun of all through school. It's not until the very end of the very last year of school that Chibi's special talent is revealed in his school's program.
This story is good on so many levels. I like the way the author didn't feel the need to hit you over the head with the message. Instead he made you feel Chibis hurt. He didn't lecture the reader on bullying, rather he made you feel ashamed of the classmates behavior. I think these types of stories resonate and stay with a child so much more than a book with the word bully in the title. Great books lead naturally to talks about all sorts of things that we'll face in life as we grow up. It is one of the biggest benefits to reading aloud to your children, no matter their age.
I reread Crow Boy every now and then. I love the soft illustrations, the way it can still make my heart ache, and the sweet memory of a sister across the table listening as our mother read aloud on a school day noontime break.
If you've never read it, look for it in your library. You never outgrow a truly good 'children's book'.
7. To quote Dr. Seuss...
"From there to here, and here to there, funny things are everywhere."
Share something funny you've recently read, seen, or heard.
Why is it we see and hear funny things all the time, but when someone asks us to share one, we're blank?
Here's one-Honest Toddler. I've mentioned it here before, but it is hilarious and very clever.
I follow on Twitter (@HonestToddler), but there's also a facebook page and a blog. It never fails to make me laugh.
8. Insert your own random thought here.
Is anyone watching the History Channel's mini series-The Bible? What do you think so far?