8 Things About Me Meme

I got tagged by Ms Mac of Check it Out for a meme that’s been bouncing around the kidlitosphere the past few days. I’m terrible at thinking of things to say about myself, but I thought I’d give it a try anyway since it’s been a while since I’ve done a meme!

So here are the rules: Each player lists 8 facts/habits about themselves. The rules of the game are posted at the beginning before those facts/habits are listed. At the end of the post, the player then tags 8 people and posts their names, then goes to their blogs and leaves them a comment, letting them know that they have been tagged and asking them to read your blog.

Ok, so things about me.

1. My favorite fairy tale when I was a kid was The Pied Piper of Hamlein. I really don’t know what this says about me, but I found the story fascinating (especially the ending with the children). I haven’t read the tale in ages, but I still remember it vividly.

2. I love the sun. My husband says that I photosynthesize. Any day where the sun is shining and everything is warm and green, I will be happiest if I’m outside doing anything. I often read on our apartment balcony, just to be in the sun!

3. I am not, however, a good gardener. I have managed to kill all but one of the plants brought into our apartment. The one plant that is still alive I have determined could live through a nuclear blast. It survives if I forget to water it for long periods of time, it survives being overwatered, it survived living in a bathroom with little actual sun for a little while, it has even managed to survive despite needing a larger pot for the past two years. I really doubt I could kill it if I tried. I don’t plan to try, though!

4. I am very interested in, and usually disappointed by, what is offered for gifted students in our school systems. I was really lucky to go to a special school for gifted and talented students until eighth grade that really offered a lot for me, but after that I struggled in high school and college to even find things that were interesting to do. The system seemed almost angry with me for existing and I hate that so many students have experience (many of my friends experienced it to greater or lesser degrees, depending on how hard they fought). I really believe that no one should have to fight to learn new things. I don’t think the school system should be expected to necessarily just have something for every gifted student (that’s asking a lot of already taxed schools), but it shouldn’t be as hard as it is to get into higher level classes or to take classes at higher level institutions if that is appropriate. The fight I had to fight shouldn’t happen to any student.

5. I love shoes, but I have the hardest time buying them because nothing fits me! I have tiny feet and no one seems to really make shoes my size, so while I love looking at pretty shoes, I can never buy any because they just don’t fit! Half the shoes I do own don’t actually really fit right.

6. I love superhero comic books. I’ve read them since I was a kid, when I read them at the library, and I’ve always found something very appealing about them. DC appeals to me far more than Marvel does, though. I adore Barbara Gordon (Oracle is just the coolest character ever) and Black Canary, even Wonder Woman is cool (not so fond of the current Supergirl, though). Marvel just never had any women I felt I could really look up too. They all stood second fiddle to a guy. Not nearly as cool.

7. My favorite book series ever is The Chronicles of Prydain by Lloyd Alexander.  My grandmother gave me a set of them when I was seven and I’ve read them dozens of times since (roughly every six months).  I’ve loved all of Alexander’s other fantasies as well, but none nearly as well as Prydain.  I’ve also found other stories to love (favorites are Oz and Narnia), but nothing has really gotten into my heart the way Prydain did.  Maybe Winnie the Pooh, but that’s rather different, isn’t it?

8. I love plays and drama, especially Shakespeare.  Every summer between the ages of nine and fifteen I performed in a full-length Shakespeare play over the summer.  The first was The Tempest, which remains very dear to my heart, where I played Antonio.  My father remembers this play fondly as the one with his favorite line (“hang, cur, hang, you whoreson insolent noisemaker!”).  The last was Hamlet, and I played Claudius the King, which was a role I had coveted since I first saw the play when I was very young (I know, that’s weird, but I was a strange child).  My favorite part was the praying scene.  It’s the only play where I actually died on stage too, which was less fun than I had hoped (velvet gets hot outside in July, and there are bugs and you can’t do anything about them).  I loved those summers and still miss them sometimes.  I never did get to play a woman (unless a witch counts, but I’m not sure it does with Shakespeare), but I sure learned a lot and had a lot of fun doing it!

I have no idea who to tag because everyone has either already done this or already been tagged, it seems.  I’m just going to say, if you want to play, please do!  If you don’t, feel free to just read along!

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