Five Question Friday: September 23, 2011

Good morning. Another Friday has arrived so this must mean Five Question day! But before I go there, I am taking a moment to update you on what’s going on here. As many of you know, Dad had an abdominal aneurism rupture earlier this week. He did make it to the hospital~in the nick of time I was told last night~and a procedure was performed to fix the many leaks of blood into his abdomen. We thought all was fine, but he continued to lose blood so last night another procedure was performed to fix more leaks that were discovered via CT Scan. The surgeon expressed concern that there may be even more leaks that he was unable to reach. Dad is resting now but if he continues to lose blood, surgery will have to be performed, probably on Monday. As my brother relayed to me last night, “Dad is in a fight for his life.” ~Those are not words a daughter wants to hear. The next days will be telling and there is a real possibility (probability) that I will be heading to Louisville on Sunday. If I disappear from the blogosphere for a while, you will know why. Blogging is therapeutic for me so I may stick around anyway, who knows. . . At any rate, if you are a praying person, or believe in a higher power or the power of positive thinking or nothing at all, I would appreciate positive thoughts, well-wishes, and sincere prayers on behalf of Dad, Mom, too. This is extremely hard on her. They have been together just shy of 60 years. Thank you Thank you Thank you.

Now, on to our questions of the day:

1. Dream job…realistic and completely unrealistic.

Realistically speaking, my dream job is what I’m preparing for right now: Mental Health Counseling. Sometime in 2013 I will become a Licensed Clinical Counselor and then will start working on certification in Art Therapy, Spiritual Direction and Counseling, and any other creative arts that will enhance the counseling aspect of what I do. These are exciting (and draining) times as I pursue my dreams! The unrealistic dream job is to become a world-traveler/photographer writing about and photographing exotic places, cultures and people for National Geographic. 🙂 Now wouldn’t that be fun!

2. Do you fart in front of your significant other?   I don’t know where they come up with these questions, but some of them are crude and I choose not to do crude. So let’s try this one from “Reflections of a Wild Artist” at HeronDance.orgWhen you consider your life in the overall context of the tendency of species to come and go, and the distinct possibility that humans too will someday disappear, what is important in your life, your accomplishments?

I am once again reminded of the importance of family and close friends in our lives. Relationships form the threads that bind the experiences of our lives into a tapestry. Relationships are not necessarily accomplishments, but that which helps mold the person we become, the conscience that guides us, the spirit that compels us to love, to care, to create, to do, to be. As for accomplishments, I am tempted to say raising my children. But somehow that is not “my” accomplishment. Rather that is also about relationships and cultivating a parent-child relationship in which we both work toward growth, maturity and accepting personal responsibility and accountability in adulthood. In that sense, my children and I have done a respectable job! What have I accomplished? I will have to think about that one. Everything I “accomplish” is done in relationship. So maybe that’s my accomplishment: cultivating wonderful relationships with many people of many backgrounds. …… The response to this question could go on and on, but I think it’s time to stop for now….I would love to hear your responses, though.

3. What’s the furthest you’ve ever traveled from home? How far and where was it?

Hmmm…. My first thought is Nicaragua. I really should write about that experience. Maybe I will work on a blog about my travels to that country in the future. It is certainly the furthest culturally from my home. Miles? I’m not so sure. I’ve been to Hawaii and that’s a lot of miles (also distant from my cultural home~go to the Polynesian Cultural Center for a fascinating look at the many cultures of the Pacific Islands.)

4. How do you celebrate birthday for your kids? Family only or friends? … Alternate for those without kiddos: How did you celebrate birthdays as a kid?

When the kids were young, it was usually birthday cakes, gifts and maybe a few friends. We never did the over-the-top children’s parties. As a twin, we primarily had family gatherings but when we did have friends over, we celebrated with two cakes, a boy cake for him and a girl cake for me. 🙂 Richard and I don’t do a lot for birthdays or special events. I have discovered that the daily affirmations of respect and love outweigh~by far~occasional cards that express what we express to each other daily. Having said that however, we do remember those days, and wish each other a “happy birthday” or anniversary. We have made a point of giving donations to special charities on birthdays and anniversaries. In a matter of weeks we will be celebrating our 10th wedding anniversary and we are planning to do a few special things for our religious community and certain charities in celebration.

5. Fave thing about fall?

Undoubtedly my favorite thing about fall is the vivid colors! I enjoy the air becoming crisper and brisk(er) with the fall season, but the colors are a feast for the eyes and as a visual person, I love it, despite the fact that autumn ushers in winter.

Soooooo. . . That wraps it up for this week. 🙂 I look forward to your responses. Have a great weekend and week!  Next Friday I will be celebrating Rosh Hoshannah so I won’t be around for Five Question Friday. That holiday begins the Jewish New Year, so to all my Jewish friends, L’shana tova tekaseiv v’teichaseim l’alter l’chaim tovim u’l’shalom ~ may you be written and sealed for a good year, for a good life and for peace.

31 thoughts on “Five Question Friday: September 23, 2011

  1. Dearest Cecelia,
    I know exactly what you feel, I lost my dada at the age of 3 and a half, And I remember him clearly, though i wish i could get to tell him all the things that i wish he would know.. I am with you on this one, I pray for his safety, body, mind and soul, I pray for god to give strength and endurance to your wonderful and courageous mother, and I really pray that he gets everything that he yearns and deserves in his time on earth.

    When he gets better, tell him there are people who haven’t met you but think you are a wonderful and inspiring person, who gives me faith and positivity. I hope you know how proud he is of you, and how much love you share for each other.

    God is kind even in adversity, and he will do what is fair and right….everything we will alright, we all pray for that!

    Be well, and take care.

    1. Kamakshi,
      You are so incredibly kind and sensitive. I don’t have the words to describe how you touched me. Thank you for your prayers and your kindness. I will keep you posted, my friend. And I will let Mom and the rest of my family know that you are thinking of us and sending us prayers and thoughts. On behalf of Dad and my family, I humbly thank you.

  2. I’ll be praying for your dad Cecelia.

    BTW – where do the five questions come from – your originals, or somewhere else. They seem to be remarkably creative week after week.

    1. Thanks Huffygirl. My family appreciates all the prayers and loving thoughts we can get.

      If you click on the Five Question Friday badge, you will be instantly transported to a blog far away where the question originate! 🙂 There you will find instructions on how it works should you want to add this feature to your blog post. As you can see by today’s post, I don’t go along with all the questions, but I leave the original because to stay in keeping with the original intent. However, I offered another question that I answered instead. Glad you like this feature. Several times I’ve thought of changing it or dropping the 5QF altogether, but y’all seem to like it and for the most part I enjoy answering the questions so it stays. . .for now. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by.

  3. ” the daily affirmations of love outweights the occassional cards and bday parties,” so true… Above anything else, its still our family that brings about a sense of meaning. Each of your answer shows how much love and wonderful memories you have with your family. I hope you like the Versatile award, its my way of thanking you for all the inspiring posts/ comments. Stay blessed always.

    1. Thank you for your kind remarks, IT. I appreciate the award and will blog about it, but probably not immediately. Concerns for Dad outweigh everything else at the moment. I will however respond, and will joyfully pass the award on to others. Thank you for your vote of confidence. 🙂

      1. Frizztext, It just occurred to me! You live in Germany, don’t you?!?!?! I forgot that little tidbit of info, so traveling to NY is a “fer piece” for you, isn’t it~ 😀

  4. I pray for your father’s full recovery. May you and your family find the strength to get through this extremely hard time.

  5. Cecelia – hope to read better news about your dad on your blog soon. Will definitely throw in a prayer for him, your mom, the rest of the family – not only for healing for him but also for peace for you all in this time.

  6. I was interrupted in my visit last night.

    Your dear Dad is precious. You are in my thoughts and prayers. I will also pray that you will be strong, you may have to be.


    1. Thank you for your kind words, HoaiPhai. He is improving. I will update everyone on his progress a little later this morning. I appreciate your kind thoughts and prayers more than you know.

  7. Some of those questions are outrageous… So you will be done in 2013…? Good for you and the career path you have chosen. The health field will always be in demand. 🙂 Best wishes on your work an it will be needed in this decade…

    1. Thanks Elizabeth. I feel good about the path I’ve chosen; it fits me. I’m not crazy about how long it will take me to reach my goal, but if that is what I have to do, then that is what I will do. I have a plan that encompasses the mental health and artistic interests. The blog keeps me honest, on course, and besides, I’m addicted now. . .friendships have been forged. Thanks for stopping by. 🙂

  8. Hi Cecelia
    I agree that fostering relationships is one of life’s greatest accomplishments. Normally I do not participate in five-question Friday but I thought I would share with you that there is a Jewish Bakery in town that makes the best bagels from all the bagels in Vancouver. That is my opinion, but I am quite sure that many others share it. Today they were offering complimentary sliced apples to be dipped in honey, and I had one, too, in celebration of the new year. Wishing you and your loved ones a wonderful Rosh Hoshannah and Shalom to you for your new year!

    1. Wonderful! I will have to find this bakery if ever we are in Vancover! And how delightful that they share the apples and honey with their customers. I wish you, too, a Shannah Tovah (good year.) Thanks for stopping by and for leaving a sweet response.

  9. Dream job; I guess I already had it. 20+ years of military life, traveling around the world. Don’t think any job would always be perfect but I enjoy making a difference where I can and I have always loved training my subordinates passing on hat I have learned so that they can be succesful.
    Accomplishments: I realy can’t claim any for myself. Our Lord has richly blessed me and as I have grown Ive tried to make a difference where I could, but for any success I would have to give him credit.
    Furthest from home; Too far! Been around the world (Military llife) The places that seemed the most distant were the ones when I was seperated from my family, and when we were unable to share those sights and experiences they don’t seem as great.
    Think I forgot birthdays; thats what I try to do.
    Fall; APPLES

    1. Kit,
      It’s good to see you here and to know that you found your calling in life. What a surprise and a blessing to connect again after 40+ years! (For those of you reading this, I knew Kit back in high school but we lost touch when I went away to college.) Too bad you weren’t here this weekend as we celebrated Rosh Hoshana. We ate LOTS of apples dripping in honey! Glad you dropped by.

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