Thursday, January 14, 2016

Thursday Thirteen #430: When She's 10 Feet Tall

We all have those moments when we are filled with pride and delighted by something we have accomplished. Generally, these are big deal times in our life. Can I name 13 times when I was so pleased with my accomplishment that I felt 10 feet tall? Can you?

1. May 2012 - received my masters degree from Hollins University.

2. May 1993 - received my bachelors degree from Hollins University

3. May 1989 - received my associates degree from Virginia Western Community College

4. January 2014 - taught a one-hour class at Hollins University on journal writing for the Roanoke Regional Writer's conference.

5. November 1983 - married a wonderful man (this probably should have been first, but I was thinking backwards).

6. 2009 - won first place in a short story writing contest

7. 2002 - won the Virginia School Boards Association Media Honor Roll for Excellence in Education Writing

8. October 1984 - had my first story published in The Fincastle Herald. It was called "Making Shiloh Apple Butter." I can still remember meeting my mother at Mike's Market in Daleville, newspaper in hand, to show her the story.

9. November 1987 - moved into the house that my husband and I built with our own four hands. What a hectic but proud day.

10. 2005 - won 1st place for business and financial writing in the Virginia Press Association's annual contest.

11. 2001 - published 1st magazine article in a publication with a circulation of over 100,000.

12. June 1981 - graduated high school. I was one of five student speakers at graduation, and graduated 5th in my class.

13. October 1982 - met the man I would marry. We were at the high school rivalry football game, standing under the goal post.

I found this hard to do without looking back at my list of writing awards and such. Many of my "10 feet tall" moments have to do with my writing and education. Those are the things I love to do so that is not a surprise. It does give me something to think about moving forward, as I adjust to my new life and accept my new physical capabilities. (I also don't like to brag about my accomplishments.)


Thursday Thirteen is played by lots of people; there is a list
here if you want to read other Thursday Thirteens and/or play along. I've been playing for a while and this is my 430th time to do a list of 13 on a Thursday.


  1. One of mine was winning a Scrabble game for a Literacy fundraiser with two friends and beating out a lot of Roanoke Times journalists. Also becoming co-caption of the Bellettes drill team when I was 13 was a big personal moment for me.

  2. Some excellent occasions in your life to feel "ten feet tall." My T13

  3. You should feel ten feet tall! You have some great accomplishments!

  4. You've got a lot to be proud of.

    I've done similar things - like getting married :) - but I tended to do them in awkward ways (like an attempted elopement turned into civil service ceremony) that takes some of the height out of it.

  5. Congratulations with all the wonderful things you have accomplised in your life time. You got a lot to be proud of. Hope you have s wonderful weekend.


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