Thanks to friends Sarah and Sandra Eileen, I’ve been tagged twice for this latest meme, which I’ll get to in a moment. First, I wanted to take a look at the word “meme”, which I (wrongly) assumed, from context, was pronounced “me-me” (as in “Look at ME! Let’s talk about ME! Here’s something you didn’t know and will probably be thrilled to discover about ME!)
In point of fact, according to Dictionary.com, “meme” rhymes with “theme”, and is defined as “a unit of cultural information, such as a cultural practice or idea, that is transmitted verbally or by repeated action from one mind to another, in much the same way biological information is transmitted through genes.”
Strangely, I feel much better knowing that I am passing along “units of cultural information”, and not just talking about myself again.
Now that we all know what an important cultural phenomenon we are participating in, here is the meme:
7 Random Facts/Habits About Me
1. I always used to return my shopping cart to the store when I was done with it until I heard about a lady whose kids were snatched from her car while she was returning her shopping cart. Now, if I have my kids with me, I just park the cart in the corner of the parking space and drive away. I still feel guilty, though.
2. I have been spelunking, rappelling, rafting, and rock climbing. For my birthday one year, my parents paid for me to take a glider ride. I love rollercoasters with a mad passion. But I’m scared of the ferris wheel.
3. I’m also freaked out by that grinning King with the big plastic head in the Burger King commercials.
4. I wore a strapless dress with a bubble skirt to my senior prom, and danced so much that I had blisters on my feet when I got home. It was a fun night, but the boy I liked (and never told) went with someone else. A few weeks later, he kissed me on the porch at the end of a perfect first date and we were inseparable for that whole golden summer. It ended, as golden summers do, but he gave me the first glimpse of what love might look like, so that when I met Paul, years later, I recognized it right away.
5. I’ve lost 20 pounds since January 1st, and I have ten more to go. I suspect that the last ten will not go quietly. After all, they’ve had a lot of time to stake out their territory (namely my belly and upper arms.)
6. Even after growing up in the South, I don’t have a Southern accent. I wish I did.
7.. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my life, but I wouldn’t go back and change anything. I like looking back at the jagged, winding road that led me here and seeing the prints of God’s patience and providence all over it.
There, now. If that isn’t random, I don’t know what is. If you would like to take part in this meaningful sociological occurrence, consider yourself tagged!