My good friend Anita Howard is playing tag over at her blog A Still and Quiet Madness. I loved tag when I was a kid–who didn’t? All that running around, adrenaline pumping through your veins, shrieking when the It is about to get you…it’s pure childhood fun. We had different variations of the game Tag. There was one where you have to get on higher ground than the It person, and once you’re up on a rock, a tree, the fence, the neighbor’s patio, they can’t tag you. But you can only stay up for a minute, and then you have to find a different place. As kids we called it, Heaven and Earth (Langit and Lupa, in Filipino). It was crazy good.
So here are my seven things:
1. I’m exotic, baby! Haha! No, not really. But I was born and bred in this beautiful, tropical country of swaying coconut trees, white sandy beaches, and salt-tinged air where it’s summer all year long. I grew up eating bright yellow mangoes and sweet papayas, their juices running down my skinny arms. On holidays, we’d spent the whole day swimming in clear blue-green waters, diving off rocks, hunting for star fishes until we’re baked to charcoal under the sun. I came from the The Philippines.
|Photo by Robert Verzo|
2. When I was 7, I got hit by a slightly drunk driver who was coming home from a party and speeding down the highway as if his life depended on it. Instead, it was MY life that had to depend on his ineptitude and lack of obvious brain cells. He swerved off to the sidewalk where I was standing, and the next thing I knew, I had a broken clavicle and a fracture on my knee cap. Thank heavens those were the only injuries I incurred. If not, I would have haunted him until he’d learn to sober up.
3. I met my hubby in Hawai’i. Enough said. 😉
4. I was studying to become a Biologist, specifically in the field of Microbiology, but #3 happened.
5. I’m an amateur artist. I used to draw, sketch, paint in the old days, before I found my other calling in the arts–writing. Here’s a sketch of a girl I copied from a Parenting magazine ad. I used a black ballpoint pen for this one on plain sketchpad paper.
And here’s another one using pencil and plain paper:
7. I’m more of a lemon bar girl than a cupcake girl.
Alright folks, there you have it! If you want to participate, head over to Anita’s blog to scour out the details. Come on, it’s gonna be fun learning about each other.
Happy Good Friday!