Are you a hugger or a non-hugger?
I was never a hugger—until I met Frayne. We met at a book group in our local Borders store and quickly became close friends. She was one of the warmest people I’ve ever known. She’d arrive at book group with a big “Hello, darlings!” and brighten up the day. She was a tiny person, barely five feet tall, but she had a big heart. And she loved to hug. When she wrapped her arms around me, I’d shrink into myself and stand awkwardly, uncomfortable with the contact and not quite sure how to respond.
I hadn’t known Frayne for very long when I found out she had cancer. “You’d better learn to hug back,” I told myself, “and you’d better learn it quickly.” I only knew her for about three years, but I still thank her every time I hug a friend for teaching me this remarkable life lesson.
What is your least favorite Candy?
As much as I love chocolate, I don’t much like Three Musketeers bars. I think it’s the whipped texture that I don’t like; I’d rather have my chocolate in a more substantial format. I also don’t much care for cotton candy. A small bite or two tastes good, but after that the taste becomes overwhelmingly, unbearably sweet. I might buy it occasionally if I could just buy that first couple of bites, but I resent having to pay a bunch of money for all the rest of the stuff on the stick, which I don’t want.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the word “fun”?
Travel. I love to see new places and new people, to learn about different customs, languages, and ways of life. There’s nothing more fun to me than a trip to somewhere I’ve never been before.
List of Favorite Smells: What smells do you love? Whether it’s vanilla scented candles or the smell of coffee in the morning or the smell of a fresh spring rain…make a list of all the things you love for a little aromatherapy.
- freshly brewed coffee, especially the current seasonal pumpkin spice
- clean sheets, even without the benefit of fabric softener
- pot roast cooking on the stove
- pumpkin or apple pie baking in the oven
- turkey roasting in the oven
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
We’ve had quite an unhurried, unstressful, peaceful week. I’m looking forward to more of the same next week.
Until then, I hope you all have a great week.
© 2016 by Mary Daniels Brown