1. I actually have 2 middle names. Genea Danelle, one of the weirdest names ever. My parents couldn’t decide what to name me, and I actually was discharged from the hospital without a name. The hospital called home and said they needed to complete the birth certificate. So my mom was yelling at my dad, “What do you want to name this baby?” I guess in the spur of the moment, they decided. My mom chose Angel because I was born without the doctor present and my mom said I was just a little angel, all I needed was wings. My dad didn’t want to name me Angel for fear I’d turn into a bar maid. My maternal grandmother’s name was Imogene and paternal grandfather’s name was Earl Gene, so why not take Gene and throw an a at the end and call it Genea, as in Gina. I don’t know how they came up with Danelle, but my mom like Dani and my dad didn’t. So it’s Danelle, not Danielle.
2. My favorite color is yellow. It’s happy and cheerful, and reminds me of lemons and sunshine. My car is yellow and usually one room in my home is yellow. I especially like yellow and blue, also yellow and green, yellow and robin’s egg blue is also a great combination.
3. As a child, my favorite storybook was a little known book called “Stand Back said the Elephant I’m Going to Sneeze” I read it so much it was tattered. I actually still have most of it memorized. “Stand back said the elephant, I’m going to sneeze. I hate to alarm you, I don’t wish to harm you. My friends I fear, it’s clear, oh dear, you better stand back, I’m going to sneeze. Oh no, oh no, cried the buffalo….” o.k. I’ll stop now.
4. The first chapter book I ever read was “The Mouse and the Motorcycle” by Beverly Clearly. After reading, I became so obsessed with wanting to experience a mouse who rode a motorcycle, I moved my dresser away from the wall and with an orange marks-a-lot, I drew a mouse hole on the white baseboard. But I messed up and had to scribble it out and draw another one next to it. I can’t remember how many I drew, but I never could seem to get it right. I do not remember getting in trouble for that.
5. My dad never spanked me growing up, and my mom whipped me twice. I only remember the reason for one of them, and she whipped me in front of my siblings and I was completely and totally ashamed. Just writing that, made me feel it all over again.
6. I have never truly been happy with my weight, not ever. I have always wanted to be smaller, no matter how small I have been.
7. When I was young, I wanted to be a waitress and a bank teller, a teacher and a ballerina. I’ve actually had jobs as a waitress and a teacher. The bank teller desire passed, but when I see a beautiful ballerina, I still sometimes wish that was me.
8. I never got the chance to take ballet. My older sister did and I hear she was not the most graceful and ran off the stage crying at the recital. I guess my mom assumed I’d do the same, and saved her money. I kind of resent that, but it is what it is.
Wow, I still have 11 more random thoughts to think of. This is harder than it looks.
9. I bite my fingernails when they get too long rather than using clippers to cut them off.
10. I accepted Jesus as my Savior when I was 9 years old in Central Baptist Church. When I was baptized the preacher had my name written on masking tape on the sleeve of his robe so he wouldn’t forget it. That made me feel unimportant that he couldn’t remember my name.
11. I stayed the weekends with my grandmother growing up and I loved it there. I slept with her in her double bed and each night, we’d recite “Another day, Another dollar” and each morning, “This is the day that the Lord has made, we shall rejoice and be glad in it.” Later I moved in with her when I was 14.
12. I am the youngest of 4 children. Two half-brothers that are 10 and 11 years older than me and one sister who is a couple years older than me. I am glad to have had them in my life. They stood up for me, supported me, and helped me so much growing up.
13. I had to take a dog to the pound when I was 30 for snapping at my niece and I sobbed uncontrollably. His name was Chester and he had jumped in my car one night and wouldn’t get out. So I took him home. I had him for about 4 years. He was ill-mannered, but my heart broke anyway knowing he was going to die.
14. I think cereal should be a basic food group.
15. I moved from my hometown at the age of nearly 38 for the first time in my life, except for one year when I lived in another town for college. The rest of my college career I took local classes or commuted over 60 miles one way.
16. I was chosen as Teacher of the Year about 3-4 years ago. That was a nice honor.
17. I used to have a size 6 1/2 shoe, but since I had a baby, now it’s a size 7.
18. I moved out of my grandmother’s house when I was a senior in high school. My sister had a little house I lived in for a couple of months and then when my best friend came home from college at semester and decided not to go back, we got a rent house together. I worked 2 jobs and finished high school, and turned out okay, all by the Grace of God.
19. As I was cleaning my storage building out the other day, I found a funny certificate I’d been awarded from my high school journalism class. I was recognized for MOST LIKELY TO BECOME A ROCKET SCIENTIST/BRAIN SURGEON. I chuckled when I thought of the title of my blog. Who knew?
20. I pray everyday. Even if it’s just “Thank you for another day.”
That’s me, in a nutshell.