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August 31, 2013

Answering Some Questions from Cee

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I know that Cee’s “Share Your World” questions come out on Mondays, so I am rather late in providing some answers, but I decided to share anyway!

1. While in school who was your favorite teacher – what grade and why?

This was an easy one for me. My favorite teacher was my social studies teacher in 11th and 12th grade, Miss Mary Lou Brewer.

(I took this photo from my high school yearbook)

I had her for Honors U.S. History and Senior Seminar in U.S. History. She was the person who inspired me to want to become a teacher. History was never a subject I was terribly interested in until I had her classes. She took history and made it come alive, made it so much more than boring names and dates. We learned about the people and their times by becoming characters from history and putting them on trial and recreating events like the Continental Congress. She also saw something in me, a shy, unsure 16-year-old and mentored me and helped me blossom into a much more confident, self-assured young adult. If I could find her today (she has retired from my high school) I would thank her again and again.

2. Would you accept $5,000 to shave your head or die it bright lime green and continue your normal activities while not explaining the reason for your haircut or color?

I’d have a really hard time doing this without being able to explain myself! I do work in a middle school, afterall, and enduring the stares of 11-14 year-olds, not to mention my colleagues, without an explanation would not go over very well. I’d probably get pulled into the principal’s office to be questioned about what the heck was going on, and was I feeling alright?

Meghan and her dance class, however, pulled off the look quite nicely some years ago, lol!


3. You are trapped in an elevator, who would you want to be trapped with?
This is my secret phobia! I avoid elevators as much as possible. I’d feel sorry for anyone trapped in an elevator with me!

(Dear family friend Brianna “trapped” in a tiny space from a camping trip several years ago)

4. When you are with your friends, do your interactions include much touching—for example, hugging, kissing, rough housing, rubbing backs? Would you like to have more of this? (Note: the answers may vary depending on where you live on this wonderful planet.)

In general, not too much. A hug hello and goodbye when there has been a gathering of our wonderful group of friends. Silly grab-ass-ery, especially among the guys, will happen at a party like this one:

(From our murder-mystery party last October)

Thank you Cee, for another very interesting batch of questions!


  1. Good answers. I think our society is not as touchy-feely as maybe we ought to be. That personal space thing.

    Comment by Carol — August 31, 2013 @ 12:57 pm | Reply

  2. I sure enjoyed reading your answers. I’m thrilled you are a teacher, you do so much for kids.

    Comment by Cee Neuner — September 1, 2013 @ 11:19 am | Reply

  3. Fun reading these, Karma. Thank goodness for teachers like Miss Brewer (and perhaps you?) who inspire our children, seeing something in them when they can’t yet see it. I am glad she took the time to see you. As for the elevator, this reminded me of when my mom got stuck in the elevator down in Florida. She was as cool as a cucumber. That probably would not be me, either!

    Comment by Kathy — September 1, 2013 @ 12:13 pm | Reply

    • I don’t know if I’ve really had the chance to inspire anyone since I’m still working as a teacher’s aide, but I hope my day is coming.
      I definitely wouldn’t be cucumber-cool in a stuck elevator!
      Thanks Kathy.

      Comment by Karma — September 2, 2013 @ 7:54 am | Reply

  4. Have you tried to find her online? I found my high school band director and have written a few letters back and forth in the past year. I think he was tickled to be found and realize someone appreciated him that much.

    And come on. You’d be CUTE with green hair!

    Comment by Dawn — September 4, 2013 @ 9:44 pm | Reply

    • I have done a little looking around, and I’ve found an address that I think could be her, but I’m not completely sure. I guess I could try writing and see if there’s a response.
      No, I really don’t think green would be my look Dawn, lol!

      Comment by Karma — September 7, 2013 @ 8:27 am | Reply

  5. I can relate to your elevator phobia. I shudder to even think about it. I enjoyed this post. Fun. Except for the elevator issue. lol!

    Comment by Robin — September 30, 2013 @ 9:41 am | Reply

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