Share Your World – 2016 Week 39

turntable, music, record

Thanks to Cee for this weekly challenge: Share Your World – 2016 Week 39


Cee writes on her blog that the questions for this week’s and the next two weeks’ challenges come from kids. And they ask the darndest things!

A class you wish you would have taken?

I wanted to take music appreciation in college but was afraid to because it was notoriously difficult. For exams, the professor would drop the needle on a record (yes, it was that long ago) and you’d have to identify the composer, the work, the movement in the work, and the significance of the excerpt. I was a scholarship student, and I was afraid I wouldn’t do well enough to keep my financial aid. (Not only was this the dark age of vinyl records; it was also the dark age before the pass/fail grade option.) I sometimes think I should check out a music appreciation course at my local community college, but instead I just listen to my favorite music, even though I can’t articulate exactly what I’m listening to and why I enjoy it.

What’s your favorite comic figure and why?

Calvin and Hobbes. I like the humor and the truthfulness of the presence of an imaginary friend.

Come on, now admit it: You had an imaginary friend when you were a kid. Heck, I had two, although they were people, not stuffed animals, and I think they were sisters both to each other and to me, an only child.

Name something you wish you could like.


Boy, do I wish I could like exercise. Even during the times in my life when I exercised fairly regularly, I never enjoyed it. It was always a chore, something that I knew I had to endure for a set amount of time.

Who was your best friend when you were 10?

My childhood best friend was Esther. We lived near each other in a small New England town, and whatever age children can be said to know each other was the age at which we met. We are still friends today, even though we live on opposite coasts of the U.S. I think it’s remarkable that we’ve known each other literally all our lives.

What sign are you? Do you believe in astrology?

I am a Virgo. I don’t believe that astrology determines our lives; I’m in control of my life and make my own choices. However, I do fit the major characteristics of a Virgo—organized and analytical—and occasionally chuckle to myself when I realize how like a Virgo I’m acting.

Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

My hometown Seattle Mariners are still chasing the possibility of a wildcard playoff spot, and I’m looking forward to their last two games. If they don’t make it, at least my first team, the Boston Red Sox, will be in the postseason.

I hope you all have a great week filled with good friends, good food, and good fun.


© 2016 by Mary Daniels Brown