8 Things That Make Me, Me.
Deborah Wilson has tagged me for the Random 8 Meme.
According to Deborah's blog, these are the rules.
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules.
2. List (8) random facts about yourself.
3. Tag 8 people at the end of your post and list their names, including a link back to their blog.
4. Let them know they've been tagged by leaving a comment on their blogs.
Note: I'm not sure I've been at blogspot long enough to list 8 people who haven't already been tagged. However, I will tag some.
8 Things That Make Me, Me:
1. My grandmother had a big influence on my life. I find myself remembering advice that she gave me and passing it on to my grandsons. Many times throughout my life, Grandma's words have helped me to face life and I want to give my grandsons the same gifts that Grandma gave me.
2. Growing up on a farm in southwestern Ontario certainly had a big impact on my life. I learned at a young age that death is a part of life. This fact alone has helped me face the loss of many loved ones throughout the years.
3. I was widowed at a very young age. I was a single mother for 17 years, at which time I remarried. Being a widow and single mother taught me to be independent and how to take care of myself and my daughter. When I married my second husband, it was difficult sharing experiences and decisions, as I'd always done it on my own.
4. When I was in grade 5, a teacher I disliked intensely told me that one day I would be a great writer. Though that hasn't occurred, I am a writer. Without his words of encouragement I'm not sure that I would have had the courage to face all the rejections I've had over the years. Thank you Mr. Chrysler.
5. My father and mother brought us up in a house were alcohol wasn't allowed. This has had a great impact on my life, as alcohol has never been a part of it.
6. Mom and Grandma brought me up to be a good cook and a thrifty shopper. Thanks to them both. Without them I would have had a more difficult time through the financial hardships I've experienced.
7. I've been a mother, a nurse, a factory worker, a retail sales clerk, a manager, a business owner, a landlady, a freelance writer and a grandmother, among other things. The many experiences I've encountered have made me a woman of many hats. Without these experiences, I wouldn't have the knowledge that I have today.
8. My grandparents were strict Penecostals. I used to go to church with Grandma and stand beside her throughout the services. I can still remember standing there, singing the hymns and loving the music. Having a church background has certainly had a huge impact on the way I look at life. I wonder how different my morals would have been had Grandma not taken me to church every Sunday. Would I have been a different person than I am today? I guess I'll never know.
Tossing Pebbles in the Stream
These people may or not participate. I only ask them to if they want to and if they have the time. This was fun and it was nice of Deborah to tag me.