Alda gave me the challenge:
1. Which person in your life has had the greatest impact on you and why?
Boy Howdy! That would be: the one who had his wallet stolen by the trolls, the one who bought me my first Icelandic saga, and the one who keeps the berserker in me from escaping.
He has influenced my taste in music, art and literature; my ability to be kind to others; my appreciation of the large and small things in life. He makes me laugh. We had our 26th wedding anniversary on July 4. He inherited the best qualities of each of his wonderful parents, and passed on all of his finest qualities to our three children. Thankfully he's not perfect--just almost. He's the Whole Steamboat.
2. What type of food do you always have in the fridge?
Fresh fruits and vegetables.
3. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would think more and talk less. (FAT chance.)
4. Name three of your greatest strengths.
Optimism, enthusiasm, willingness to make a fool of myself even more often than is necessary.
5. Which book do you wish you'd written, and why?
Choosing just one is torture. I'll cheat and choose two:
My Life and Hard Times, by James Thurber. I have read this book more times than any other. It is the funniest book I've ever read, and has lots of universal truths. When I read this book hysteria overtakes me, and I cross the line from laughter to tears--or rather, they become one and the same. I wish I could always see myself with the same bemused eye that Thurber uses on himself.
The Fish Can Sing, by Halldór Laxness. This is the book that I began to re-read as soon as I completed it the first time. I love everything about this tender, eloquent book and its unforgettable characters.
What these two books have in common is that their characters always remain with me, and I always look forward to reading them yet another time.
I tag Shannon.