I’m following up on a meme tag from Sharah (thank you, Sharah, for the opportunity). The rules are as follows: first, I write a bit about who I am — eight things to be exact. The second part involves you, the reader. If you’re so inclined you get to dive deeper and pose questions to me in the comments section.
Before I kick this off, I want to share an epiphany I had this morning. During a long walk (my allergy-induced asthma prevented anything close to a jog) I watched neighboring parents accompany their backpack-clad kids down to the local elementary school where other parents queued up in their over-sized sport utility vehicles to deposit their children before heading off to work and I asked myself: what the hell am I doing here in suburbia? We moved here six years ago because of the top-notch schools and our belief that we’d need them for our kids. We know now how that turned out. Sigh.
So where does that leave me today? A bit bewildered, actually, but I know I am:
* Originally from Detroit, where I was born, before my parents moved to the suburbs (sensing a theme here?)
* One of four children born in five years to my parents (how did they manage?) who themselves were the first in their family to graduate from university; granddaughter to a women who was one of fourteen children (!!!) born to Polish immigrants
* An English Literature major from the University of Michigan (Go Blue!) who somehow ended up in the auto industry where at night I pursued and completed a master’s degree at Wayne State University.
* Now an 11 year resident of the California Bay area and Silicon Valley where I moved because Detroit is second only to Seattle in the number of cloudy days and I truly wanted to live in a sunny and mild climate.
* Married to the most amazingly talented, witty, fun-loving, articulate, caring and sweet-natured man a woman could ever hope to meet and spend her life with…I could say more but as Bonnie Raitt sings with Sippie Wallace, “women be wise, keep your mouth shut. don’t advertise your man…”
* An avid reader of biographies, historical fiction, a variety of non-fiction, anything by Jane Austen, and the occasional “bubble gum for the brain” beach book.
* A free spirit working with one step in corporate America and the other in startup land who is slowly throwing off the shackles that a conventional education and upbringing over the years layered on when I wasn’t paying attention.
* A woman looking to regain the wonder, can-do spirit and optimism eroded away by infertility …
Hmm. More on what I’m going to do now in subsequent posts. That question may involve a physical move, but of course I need to discuss it with my better half. Now, over to you in case you’d like to learn more.
As for tagging five people. How about:
Ellen at Miss E’s Musings