Tuesday, May 7, 2013


Joining Joyce and the other HODGERS…
1. When the children of today grow up, what do you think they'll say about this period in time? What do you most hope they remember?
They’ll be confused about the meaning of the word ‘reality’…t.v. has completely changed that word’s meaning, I believe.  I can only hope they have parents who kept their viewing time to a minimum by being in charge of their households.

2. National Teacher's Day is celebrated in the US of A on the first Tuesday in May, this year May 7th...share how a particular teacher positively impacted you.
One of my college professors constantly reiterated the importance of a ‘smile’ in the workplace…even when things are not ‘happy’.  Putting her teachings into practice opened many doors for me, soothed tensions during stressful situations and helped me throughout 23 years of workplace peaks and valleys.

3. What's a dish your mama made, that if set in front of you today would whisk you right back to childhood? 
My mother’s grilled t-bone steaks with Daddy’s home-made bbq sauce … medium rare juiciness with slightly over-grilled edges that crunched … served with buttery mashed potatoes and sweet LeSeur peas…Saturday nights were always my favorite meal because of these steaks coming in from the charcoal grill.
4. Mother May I was a game we played when I was growing up...no pieces, parts, or plugs required. What games from childhood do you remember loving that were also pieces, parts, and plug-free?
Red Light, Green Light (“It” stood up front with back turned to us, everyone else stood many yards back in a row.  When “It” called green light, we would sneak forward until they said “red light” and we had to STOP.  First to touch “It” was the new “It”…was one of my favorites because everyone got to play and rarely did anyone get hurt.

5. Besides your own mother, tell us about a woman who influenced you as a child?
My mother’s best friend, Kitty, was a wonderful example of a woman who raised four kids, cleaned people’s homes out of kindness, always had something yummy to bring us, and laughed more than any other woman I knew.  She and my mom had great times together while being Moms to their kids (thereby teaching me to work, play and laugh with your kids before they’re gone).

6. Mamma Mia! What's the best play or musical you've ever seen?
WICKED at Atlanta Fox Theatre…phenomenally talented artists and a twist at the end I wasn’t expecting…thoroughly enjoyed it (and still love to hear the soundtrack)

7. What are three smells that make you feel nostalgic?
Steaks on the Grill, of course
Jergen’s almond/cherry Hand Lotion (my Granny’s fragrance)
Vintage Glass Jergens Lotion Bottle 1950's Jergens Ribbed Glass Lotion Bottle 6.5 fluid oz.
Mennen Aftershave (Daddy’s ‘everyday’ smell) 

8.  Insert your own random thought here.
 Rain continued throughout Saturday…even though there was a wedding planned in the middle of a field northeast of Atlanta…
alternate plans slowly became the order of the evening…rain boots, umbrellas and mud-stuck vehicles demanded attention…
a new venue became the beginning of an adventure…the bride and her Scot-kilted son…
blessed by our Lord for many years to come, we pray.