Recently, as part of the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award, a poet and fellow blogger, Toni Umbarger, asked me some rather thought-provoking questions. No one had ever asked me these particular questions before so it took me a while to answer.
1. If you could have one wish granted, what would it be?
The one thing I wish more than anything is for my children to fulfill their dreams and live happy and successful lives. Both are currently in the college stage of their lives and both are goal-oriented. They work hard and have always earned good grades, so I am confident they will pursue their dreams and push themselves towards success.
2. What would be a good estimate of the number of books you have read in your lifetime?
This one is a bit more difficult, because I honestly don’t know the answer. I’ve read so many books as a child, teenager, and an adult, that I never took the time to count them all. Not to mention all the books I’ve read to my students over the years, including picture books, chapter books, historical fiction, non-fiction content-based books, and poetry. I’ve also read many books about the craft of writing and the art of teaching. I read from many genres, and I prefer to give a book the time it deserves. So I delve into a book when I can dedicate uninterrupted time to read it. Weekends, summer vacation, and holiday breaks from the classroom are my most productive reading times.
3. What historical figure would you enjoy meeting and interviewing?
Oh wow…there are so many. But the one I would enjoy meeting the most would have to be Harriet Tubman. She was a tiny woman with a big heart. Although she was considered a fugitive, Harriet was a hero and an icon who risked her own safety to guide hundreds of slaves to freedom. The slaves affectionately called her “Moses.” Aside from her heroic acts of abolition, she spoke at anti-slavery meetings and advocated for women’s rights. The courage and selflessness she displayed was truly inspiring and I would love to hear her story firsthand.
I’m curious to know what historical figure all of you would you want to meet and why. Please leave your answers in the comments section.
Thank you, Toni, for these questions and for the nomination! You too are an inspiring woman.