My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Be kind to yourself. (My mom says it to me all the time, possibly because she knows I need permission.)
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. Surviving childbirth, then going on to really love being a mother. I had my doubts about both beforehand.
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. I'd be my husband, because then I'd still be us, but I wouldn't have to be me. It's complicated.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. Alexander Fleming. I'm fascinated with scientific discoveries. They're the most incredible mix of creativity and discipline and genius and dumb luck.
I guess I'd ask him what kind of sandwich he left out. I'd like to think we owe the discovery of penicillin to a good old PB&J, but he was Scottish so I think it was more likely some gnarly cheese and marmite thing. Oh well.
Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?
A. It's a tie: Scout Finch and Anne Shirley