A Young Wife
My Life in 8 Words
Q. What is your motto or maxim?
A. Breathe deeply
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. With whom in history do you most identify?
A. This could sound a little pompous, but Edith Wharton. Not for her work (which I admire but do not identify with) but for her life, which was a huge inspiration to me.
Q. What is your greatest achievement?
A. When my husband was diagnosed with Lewy body dementia, I realized that I would have to access my highest self to be able to care for him properly. And I did. Not that there weren't slips and frustrations, but I loved hving to reach alwasy for more patience, more understanding, more strength and more humor during those years.
Q. Which living person do you most admire?
A. My friend, the short story writer Leslie Johnson. Warm, honest, funny, with more social grace in her little finger than I have in my whole self.