What are you a “natural” at doing?

I seem to be a naturally good listener. Ever since I can remember, people have come to me to talk about their problems. And not just people whom I know well. The person sitting next to me on an airplane, the stranger in the same aisle at the grocery story, a woman I knew only from a weekly choral group—all of these people have laid their problems on me.

What I’ve learned from all these experiences is that these people are not seeking advice. No, they just need to talk the problem through for themselves, and someone whom they don’t know and whom they’ll never see again makes the perfect sounding board.

Would you prefer a one floor house or multiple levels?

Now that we’ve retired to a one-floor house, I’m glad. I spent almost my entire adult life in a two-story house, which involved three floors if you count (which I definitely do!) running up from and down to the basement to do laundry. If we hadn’t relocated for retirement, we most likely would have remained in that house for at least several more years, but now that we’ve moved to a one-floor house with a laundry room, my knees are grateful.

What was your favorite subject in school?

In grade school, I probably liked reading the best, but then in grade school I loved almost every subject. In high school, English and Latin were my favorites. I liked Latin so much that I got my B.A. and M.A. in it, since I couldn’t imagine a semester when I didn’t take a Latin course.

Complete this sentence: If only the rain…

“If only the rain would let up for just a little while” (spoken with a heavy sigh).

We get a lot of rain here in the Pacific Northwest. However, I should knock on wood, since as I’m typing this, the sun has come out. Quick! Let’s run outside!

I hope everyone has a good week.

© 2016 by Mary Daniels Brown

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