Here’s the Halloween edition of SHARE YOUR WORLD – 2015 WEEK #43.
If you were on a debate team, what general subject would you relish debating?
I actually was on the debating team for a short time in high school, but I think I only participated in one competition. The public speaking part just wasn’t for me.
I thought the debate team would be perfect for me because I loved doing research and was good at it. Preparing for debates was a giant research project. We had to make index cards that we’d carry in a box so we could pull out a relevant card and cite the argument and the source for whatever point we had to make. That was the part I loved.
But I nearly died of fright during my first and only competition. I then decided that I’d stick to writing research papers instead of speaking them. Research and writing I was good at. Public speaking, not so much.
What’s your strongest sense?
Vision. The way I always learned things was by making a mental picture of them. I still, to this day, know how to spell words by closing my eyes and looking at the word printed on a white page. When studying more complex subjects, I’d make lists that I would then commit to visual memory.
I’ve also always had a good eye for colors. I’m able to discern between close shades of the same general color and can call up colors in memory, which always made it easy to shop for clothes that coordinated with something I already owned.
Having just had cataract surgery on both eyes, I’m glad to have my good eyes back. I didn’t realize how much the cataracts had clouded my vision, especially for colors, until after I had surgery on one eye and could compare vision in that eye with vision in the other. Now that both eyes are repaired, the world is a once again a gloriously colorful place.
What would you name the autobiography of your life?
Wow. Answering this question is harder than it sounds. Here are some possibilities:
- My Life as a Series of Research Projects
- Lessons My Stepfather Taught Me
- Finding My Voice, Finding My Self
- No Regrets
But I think I’ll have to write my life story first to discover what the title should be.
List your favorite flavors or types of tea.
- Earl Grey
- Barry’s Irish Tea
- Constant Comment
My husband and my daughter are really into learning about, sampling, and categorizing different types of tea. I’m much easier to please. I just want a cup of something warm that tastes good to me. Once I find a rut that I like, I’m content to remain stuck in it.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I’m grateful that I finally had cataract surgery in my second eye and can now see colors vividly again. I also no longer need corrective lenses for distance vision and need only minor corrections for reading.