Sunday, May 18, 2014

Agape Love

Random Twenty

From Sunday Stealing

1. Last time you had butterflies in your stomach?

A. I suppose the most recent time was in late April when I went to several new health care providers.
2. What was your last alcoholic beverage?

A. I had some blackberry wine in 2012. The event was my final creative writing class at Hollins University, a few days before I received my masters degree.
3. Who can you trust?

A. My husband.

4. Where was your first kiss with your current significant other?

A. My first kiss with my husband took place at the dance hall at what was then the Ramada Inn at the Hollins exit off I-81. They had a ballroom and always had bands and music on Friday and Saturday nights.
5. Favorite Band?

A. Fleetwood Mac.

6. What is something you've learned about yourself recently?

A. I've learned that my pain tolerance appears to be lower than it used to be. Or maybe it just hurts more, I don't know.
7. Do you like anyone?

A. That's an odd question. I like most people I know. Store clerks. Nurses. Teachers. Firefighters. Office workers. Farmers. Septic tank installers. Writers. News reporters. Accountants. "Like" is my default, until you prove to me I should put you in a different category. Maybe this question means "like" as in, "I'm in the 5th grade and I 'like' the boy in the front row seat."

8. Do you know anyone who is engaged?

A. Penny and Leonard on The Big Bang Theory.
9. What's your favorite number?

A. 8,888. Or 73.

10. Who was the last person to make you cry?

A. A nurse at a doctor's office.

11. Did you ever go to camp as a kid?

A. I lived on a farm. I was always at camp.
12. When was the last time you cried?

A. In late April when above-mentioned nurse said I could not see the doctor I'd waited two months to see.
13. What is one thing you miss about your past?

A. Not knowing what it would be like to be old. That is bliss and if you're young, you're too young to know it.
14. What is one thing you've learned about life?

A. Change is inevitable. Bonus lesson: nothing is exactly as it seems to be.
15. Are you jealous of anyone?

A. I have some envy for people who have good health, but no one in particular. I suppose I could envy Janet Evanovich for thinking up the Stephanie Plum novels, or Sue Grafton for her alphabet mystery series, but what would be the point? I learned long ago that everyone has their problems and issues, and no one is any more or any less than another.
16. Is anyone jealous of you?

A. Maybe. I was just told on Friday that someone had tried "100 times" to take one of my freelancing clients from me. I consider that kind of competition a form of jealousy. But honestly, I can't imagine why anyone would be jealous of me.

17. Has a friend ever used you?

A. Of course. That's what friends do, hopefully unintentionally or inadvertently, though I am sure it happens intentionally sometimes. I am sure I have probably done the same, though it would have always been unintentional on my part. I have never deliberately set out to use anyone.

18. Has anyone recently told you that they like you more than as a friend?

A. Just my husband, who loves me as his wife. And I love many people, including my friends, but as friends. Agape love is what I strive for, though I am probably not successful. (Agape love means selfless, sacrificial, unconditional love. Like Jesus.)

19. Who was the last person you rode in a car with?

A. My husband. He was a sweetie and took me to physical therapy.
20. What are you looking forward to?

A. Unfortunately my life at the moment is rather short-sighted, so the next Game of Thrones installment ranks high on the list. In September my husband has family coming in to visit, and I am looking forward to that. Until I get my health straightened out, long-term plans are difficult.


  1. Penny and Leonard! I'm so excited. I wonder if they will actually go through with it?

  2. Great answer to what you have learned about life! That can be a curse and a blessing.

  3. I'm planning to watch Game of Thrones over my summer vacation. I think it's a show to binge-watch.

  4. I love Fleetwood Mac! I was so psyched when I read they were coming to Hartford. I mean the full band! But the tix priced me out...

  5. People underestimate how amazing farms are in the summer. At least the ones around here...

  6. That's true about not knowing what it's like to be old. Young people just don't understand. I remember being that way, too, though.

  7. I love watching the BBT and hope Penny and Leonard follow through.

  8. Pain really is a pain the arse - it can floor me at times or not appear for a spell but I know it's round the corner waiting! It's hard to always keep your chin up!

    I love your answer to number 9. It's bizarrely funny!

  9. Number seven was definitely an odd question, and loved number eight -- 'bout time on that one, wouldn't you say? ☺


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