Friday, January 16, 2009

The Interview. My Answers.

There is this new and exciting meme going on in the blogospere.
The idea is to interview one another.
I first saw it at Maggie's blog, where Lou picked it up.
And when Lou answered his questions I asked him to interview me.
If you want to be interviewed by me, tell me in a comment and I'll send you five new questions. Not necessarily the same ones I'm answering here.

Want to be part of it? Follow these instructions:
1. Leave me a comment saying, "Interview me."
2. I will respond by emailing you five questions. I get to pick the questions.
3. You will update your blog with the answers to the questions.
4. You will include this explanation and an offer to interview someone
else in the same post.
5. When others comment asking to be interviewed, you will ask them
five questions.
You have to link back to the original post
and to mine.

So here are the questions Lou sent me.

1-What is your favourite childhood memory?

Now, a lot of my childhood memories are very blurry, they are no more than scraps and fragments, but the most vivid ones are from the holidays I spent with my grandparents.
I adored my grandmother, she was a very sweet person.
They lived from their land and the few animals they had.
My grandmother and I were always together. One day, we made our daily trip to the barn to collect the chicken's eggs. I had my skipping rope with me and when I started jumping, my grandmother said she wanted to try it too. Despite being rather overweight she was also a very playful woman. She started jumping the rope but she had forgotten all about the eggs until they came oozing out of the pockets of her apron. I can still see her face, and how we both cracked up laughing about the omelet in her pockets.
(This should answer the question, but if you're in the mood for more, there's another beautiful story I've written on this blog once about lollipops and candy. It's here if you want to read it.

2-Who is the person you most admire - that is alive today?

There are many people I admire. I have a huge admiration for ballet dancers because of the way they control every muscle of their body. But I could not name one at the moment, and my idol Rudolf Noureev died years ago.
On a very different level, there is this blogger friend of mine who is going through chemotherapy right now. I know there are probably millions of people like that every day, but I don't know if I would have her courage and her strength if I had to go through this the second time around.
She was diagnosed with a totally different type of cancer than the first time. She said it felt like falling off a ladder and having to climb all the way back up again when she first heard the diagnose. But she is climbing. Step by step, day by day. Without ever complaining.
She's the person I most admire this present day.

3. If you could live anywhere, where would that be?

Hmmm, difficult.
To make it my home, I would have to understand and speak the native language.
That rules out countries in Eastern Europe, or Asia.
But there are so many places in this world I would love to go to.
I have friends all over the globe through blogging and I would love to see for real what life in their corner of the world is like. But if I have to choose a permanent place to reside it would have to include blue skies and sun. And warmth. There for Canada and Alaska would be no option. Islands like Hawai and Tasmania, - however beautiful- would be too small after a while I think. Not enough to photograph I'm afraid?
I'm not sure if the States would be an option, it's so different to Europe?
The cultural history, the food ... people's ways ...

On a long term basis I would probably end up missing Europe too much.
I would most likely stay in Europe but move a little bit further South. I love the Provence in France and it already feels like home because of the many holidays we have spent there.
I like the French way of living, especially in the South.
Much more easy going and relaxed. They say "bonjour" and they MEAN it.
Nothing like the commercial song
"hi how are you-but-I-don't-care-shit"
they did in Disney when I was there. Sorry but that's how it felt to me?
So yes, hmmm, France would sound right. Or Italy, if it was not for the language barrier.
But who knows, I might even learn Italian one day? Never say never?

4-What do you like to eat when you're feeling 'down'?

Anything ready to eat that is easily available and hiding in my drawers somewhere.
It has to be crunchy, you know like cookies or crisps. Chocolate is good too, but it has to have some bite to it, you know like that white chocolate with puffed rice in it? Or chocolate cookies?
And I have been known to attack a box of corn flakes when I was in a real desperate mood!
If I'm really unhappy I will eat sweet things first, and then switch to salty or hearty stuff like crackers or crisps ... and then back to the cookies again. Oooooo!

And because I liked this question best when Maggie asked me -
5-What do you like most about being a woman?

I like being a woman, and I would not in any way want to behave or be ( like) a man.
Although I sometimes wonder what a man feels when he makes love to a woman.
Anyway, that's besides the point, I'm just being curious but that's a feminine quality too right?
I'm glad I know what it's like to have life inside of me and give birth, and be a mother
but there are so many women out there who have never experienced this and still they are women.
So, to me being a woman is not just that. And it's not about dressing up and wearing high heels and make up to get men's attention either. (Although I do love attention.)
I enjoy all things feminine, you know, do the cooking and the baking while the man is out hunting? Yep, I love it. Call me old fashioned perhaps?

To my opinion, men and women complete one another. Male strength versus female tenderness and softness. I like being the girl and have a shoulder to cry on or a strong arm around me.

But what I like most about being a woman is that in the end we are a lot tougher than we look.

So there ... I hope you liked my answers. I enjoyed answering them.