Technically, or should I say technologically speaking, we’re super connected these days. At any given moment, I have all of my friends, family members…actually, the entire world, at my fingertips. So, why is it that the last ‘real’ conversation I had feels like a very long time ago? Why do friends and I
say to one another text one another, “It feels like forever since we’ve talked!”
Because it has been a long time. And it is really starting to feel like forever. It’s not just the infrequency of in-person, sitting on the couch, drinking tea conversations…it’s also the lack of depth. It makes sense, though. How deep can you go over text? As I texted my cousin last night, “My thumb can only handle so much!”
So, when I got Alexandra Franzen‘s latest post by email, 100 Questions to Spark Conversation and Connection at the Thanksgiving Table, I clicked eagerly (as I always do – her posts are great!). And for today’s #3ThingsThursday linkup with Pink Chai Living, The Write Balance and Love Laugh Mirch, I’ve decided to answer 3 of these questions.
I’m hoping you will chime in with your own responses in the comments. I know, it’s not a ‘real’ conversation, but it is still a great way to get to know one another. Please visit the hosts’ websites as well, and definitely check out Alexandra’s post and her 97 other questions, too.
Question 1: What’s your personal anthem or theme song?
I didn’t even have to think about this one. Hands-down, no doubt about it, my personal anthem is Imagine by John Lennon.
“You may say I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I hope someday you’ll join us, and the world will live as one.” I love this quote so much I included it in my high school yearbook, in the little blurb beside my graduation photo. While many of my classmates chose to reminisce about parties they would ‘never forget’ and best friends they would never leave behind, I picked the one thing about me that I hope lasts for an eternity. This dream.
Question 2: What was your very first job?
Not counting my paper route, my very first job was at Kernels – you know, the gourmet popcorn? I was 18 and I worked there for two years. The best parts of my job were working with really great friends and doing fun things like dipping the caramel popcorn (while still warm) into the cheese powder. Yum. Also, working beside the Cinnabon meant that at the end of the day, if they had cinnamon buns they needed to get rid of, they came to us first. I also learned some tough lessons, like how to work for someone who forgot to recognize the awesome things you did, but never failed to point out the one little thing you could have done better. How to get past that ugh feeling and get to work, knowing that for that particular shift I was going to be working alone with the boss for the first 3 hours. I think it was that job, my very first one, that made me realize I would rather work for myself, thank you very much.
Question 3: Would you rather have a live-in massage therapist or a live-in chef?
A CHEF! Please!! When I read this question, I actually gasped. Maybe the fact that Alexandra included this question is a sign from God that I’m going to win the lottery and hire a personal chef like I keep saying I will. Because, really, that’s the first thing I would do. It’s not that I despise cooking. In fact, I consider it a luxury to be able to put a meal together in peace, with ample time and a great soundtrack. But 99.99% of the time, meal preparation does not look like that in my home. I always know what I’m going to make in advance, because on Saturday mornings we put together a food itinerary so we know what groceries to buy for the week. And every Saturday I jot down most of the same items that we ate the previous week. And every time I jot down those same items I think, I really should make some time this week to get some new recipes for the following week. And then next Saturday comes around with nary a new recipe in sight. And so it goes on. With a personal chef, that burden is now placed on him! He can plan the nutritious meals and shop for the ingredients (including the ones I say I’d like to throw into the rotation and never do). He can execute the chopping, stirring, melting, blending, boiling and all the other verbs required to cook a dish. And he can serve it up nice and hot to this party of five!
Now it’s YOUR turn! Answer one of the questions below in the comments! And if you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today, try out one of these questions (or another from Alexandra’s post) and let me know how it goes!