A Young Wife
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Breathe deeply
Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
A. An owl. I'd love to be a bird but with eyes in front, so that would have to be an owl. I already know how to make the calls, so I'd be ahead of the game if this ever came to pass.
Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?
A. One-upsmanship. The trouble is that I'm usually unaware when it's started, so at first I think I need to reach for a one-up of my own. I never have one ready and luckily I can then see how ridiculous the whole thing is.
Q. What’s your best quality?
A. Well, what I like best about myself is that pretty much everything is interesting to me and most of what's interesting is also very funny.
Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?
A. I'd like to meet my grandfather, who my mother described as the Devil incarnate. Shortly after bringing her to America from Holland, he abandoned my grandmother and four small daughters to start a new family with her sister. I'd like to meet him not as a grand daughter but as a peer. I'd like to know what made him tick. There had to be something redeeming in the man for my grandmother to love him until the day she died