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A Rational Hodgepodge

Joyce’s Hodgepodge has a decidedly Father’s Day theme.  Hmmm…I wonder why.


Now that my summer vacation is officially underway (yay!), I will definitely be visiting more of my bloggy friends.  I’m looking forward to reconnecting with each one of you, and I appreciate your understanding during the months of late when I wasn’t always able to reciprocate your visits.

Now, on to the questions!

1.  What do you think makes a good dad?

A good father is one who is always available to his children…who offers advice when it is appropriate and backs off to allow his children to live their own lives.  A good father sets an example of a mature love…one that isn’t easily annoyed when things don’t go as he thinks they should.  A good father loves his children, warts and all, and is respectful of his children’s choices even when they aren’t exactly what he thinks they should be.

2.  What’s something you learned from your own father?

One of the biggest heartaches in my life is that I was not allowed to have a relationship with my father when I was growing up.  This was due to an ugly divorce.

Fortunately, my dad and I reconnected when I was a grownup and had my own children, and I was able to spend a few years getting to know him better before he passed away in 2001.

This didn’t leave me much time to learn from him; however, one thing that stands out is that he wasn’t afraid to be goofy.  His quirkiness made him uniquely him, and I have modeled that in my own life…in my classroom…where my students often shake their heads and tell me that I’m not “right.”  🙂

3.  It’s your birthday-what kind of cake will we be having?

Oh, I really don’t know.  These days, with me still adjusting in some ways to my vegan diet, I don’t do desserts.  I’d love to have some sort of vegan-friendly chocolate cake.  I have always loved chocolate.

4.  When you’re faced with a big decision are you more of a go with your gut type of person, or are you someone who reasons it all out, weighing the pros and cons?

I reason things out before making a decision.  I am notoriously slow.  Ask my friend, Barb.

5.  June is National Dairy Month. What’s your favorite dairy item? Most often purchased dairy item?

This is not a lactose-intolerant friendly month for Your’s Truly!  I do not purchase dairy products…for myself, that is.  Rooster likes his organic milk, so I will purchase that for him.  Chicky’s favorite food is cheese, so if I ever do the shopping (which is rarely), I pick up cheese for her.  The Mr. is also lactose-intolerant, so when the kids aren’t home, we don’t buy anything that contains milk.

6.  Explorer Jacques Cousteau was born on June 11, 1910….what’s something you’ve recently discovered or something you’d like to explore?

Believe it or not, I’ve recently discovered gluten-free food.  I did not realize that it is different from what I already eat.  This type of food intrigues me and leads me to think it might be the key for helping the Mr. feel better (he has Crohn’s Disease).  I also think that by eating more gluten-free food, I might be able to further help myself be healthier.

7.  Are you typical of your generation?

I’m not sure how to define my generation.  I was born in 1970.  I guess “free love” and “free thinking” was still ongoing; however, the 80’s were more conservative with Ronald Reagan and other conservatives in office.

I am the generation that figured out we were normal teenagers, thanks to Judy Blume’s books.

I watched Different Strokes, The Cosby Show, and The Facts of Life.  I lived for movies such as The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink.

My favorite groups ran the gamut from Air Supply to Debbie Gibson…from Bryan Adams to Heart.  Some of the singers had a rebellious edge to them.

We still had prayer in school, where teachers and administrators were the ones leading the praying, and I learned grammar through diagramming sentences.  While I was in school, students either respected their teachers or were paddled for their disrespect.

Am I typical of my generation?

How could I not be?

I am still very conservative, albeit with a slightly rebellious streak.

I still respect authority, despite “someone” who recently accused me of being disrespectful.

I still carry with me a sense of innocence and naivety that is easily shocked.

8.  My Random Thought


Although the time (top bar) will make you chuckle, it’s pretty typical of my life…school night or not.

What is significant is the weekday alarm, which is set to OFF.

I am one happy teacher on summer vacation!

11 Responses

  1. Enjoy your summer vacation. I am sure that a gluten free diet will work for you. It helped my grandson immensely.

  2. Great to be able to turn alarms off. I have a few coeliac friends, so have become quite accustomed to cooking gluten free – though I don’t recommend gluten free bread – I’ve yet to find stuff that tastes in any way decent!

  3. I love your answer to 7. Brought back memories (although I’m a bit older than you are.) Enjoy your summer of sleeping in!

  4. I’m sure the gluten free would be good for someone with Krohns. Hope you have a wonderful summer!

  5. you stated: “backs off to allow his children to live their own lives”. That, I agree is SO important.

  6. Being goofy with children is always a good thing. They love when an adult acts like that and it’s so fun hearing them laugh. Have a fabulous day.

  7. I’m so glad you had the chance to connect with you father. That was probably a very special time for you. And you can’t go wrong with chocolate!

    Here’s my hodgepodge:



  8. I’ll admit I was SOOOOO happy last night when I turned my 6:15am alarm to the OFF position! (and I was NOT quite so happy when my Little C decided to get up at 5:15. Pretty sure I was not the God-loving mama he was looking for… sigh…)

  9. I would so love to have a summer vacation, but not enough to be willing to be a teacher. I so respect you guys and no way would I want to have to do your job. Enjoy your summer!

  10. Hope you really enjoy your summer vacation!

  11. It’s so sad when kids can’t get to know a parent because of an ugly divorce. Glad to hear you were able to get to know your dad, even if it was only for a short time.

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