Tell Me SomethingTell Me Something No One Knows About You
I was once at a networking meeting and we were given the ice-breaker task of telling the group something that people would be surprised to know about you. This is one of the best ideas ever! I really learned some fun facts, even about people I had known for years!
Now, I think I'm kind of an open book. But I went waaaay back into the archives of my life and came up with this tidbit: I can sew. Like, sew clothes; dresses, pants, all that stuff. I was a Home-Ec queen in junior high school. There was a cooking part of that class too but apparently that didn't stick at all. Just ask my poor hubby.
I can't figure out why people are so surprised to learn this about me. I don't think sewing is that far off the grid. It's not like I dig for dinosaurs on the weekend, or mountain climb. Sewing is normal. People's Moms can sew. I'm a Mom. Well, now Grandma. It was the 70's, when all schools had Home-Ec. At least where I grew up. What is so surprising about this?
I started to suspect that people have a very specific idea of who I am. I'm a partier, I like my friends, I like my beer and I like fun. I think you all rarely see the serious side of me. Not that sewing is so serious. But I'm usually the comic relief, the one who doesn’t take anything seriously, the tension breaker. I thought about this and found out something about myself. I may be a little more closed off than I thought I was. Something to ponder.
So, I tried to top the sewing thing. If you think that is surprising, let me tell you this: Do you know that I'm a registered minister?! I got ordained just to see how hard it was because my daughter and now-son-in-law were having a hard time deciding who they wanted to marry them and didn't want a stranger to do it. Not that I could ever actually marry them (and be understood through all of the tears), but I wanted to see how hard it would be for the person of their choice to get ordained. Turns out, not very hard. Even more fun fact: friends of theirs are getting married this summer and asked me to do the wedding! That will teach me to share......
I think this was one of the most fun exercises I've ever done and I challenge you to try it at your next get-together. I learned a lot about people with whom I interact regularly, and I learned some things about myself. I will occasionally whip this question out in a group just to see what I get. There is always something interesting that people haven't told you yet. And not all of it is weird. Like sewing!
So, by now you all know who I am and I’ll move on to posts about painting, wine, décor, summer entertainment ideas, stuff like that.