I call them Ma and Pa. Or Mom and Dad. Over 40 years ago they brought me into this world. Nearly 4 years later they brought in my brother. They did before seatbelts were mandatory. They did it before cell phones. They barely did it before computers (they gained their popularity in my middle school years) (their first computer had 1/2 gig hard drive!). We sure had our share of laughs (too many to list in one spot). Now I’m living through the memories of my childhood as my parents.
They have graciously agreed to take part in today’s blog. They even responded to the questions in time for me publish this today. So in lieu of “Questions I Asked My Kids” I bring you the all new “Questions I asked My Parents”. Even I learned something about them! Thanks Ma and Pa!
1. What are 3 words your parents would use to describe you?
Ma: Tomboy, talkative, dog lover
Pa: Quiet, patient, smart (I was going to say extremely intelligent but you limited me to 3 words so I will just go with smart)
2. What other names did you like for brad (my brother) and I?
Ma: You were Boo (because you liked to play peak-a-boo as a baby). Bradley was Bub because of Aunt Mary Ellen.
Pa: Actually Bradley & Eric were just fine for me, although they were pronounced in various ways depending on the situation, and what you two were up to or into.
3. What was your favorite vacation?
Ma: Trip to Alaska for our 25th anniversary. It was a dream trip and never thought it would happen.
4. What’s one memory of Brad and I that makes you laugh?
Ma: There are lots of those. You played so well together. Homerun Derby in the backyard, you getting your head stuck in the cinder block. Flashlight Tag and Mrs. Cooper (our elderly neighbor) thinking we were being robbed because of the dark house and flashlight beams flying around.
Pa: The Drive thru at McDonalds when we ordered sundaes with nuts (balls), I still think about it every time I drive thru
(whole story: back when they asked you if you wanted your sundae with nuts my brother I were in the back seat telling him “yeah, get nuts, wet nuts! Sweaty one!” Dad was laughing so hard he had to leave the drive thru, circle around and try again)
5. What’s something you miss from “the good ol’ days?”
Ma: All of yours & your brother’s sporting events. Watching you guys play and the social aspect of watching games with friends.
Pa: digging my own worms and walking to the river to go fishing
6. If you get reincarnated as an animal, what do you hope to come back as?
Ma: An otter. They aren’t hunted so much anymore and they don’t fight, but solve their differences with games. Besides, they are just darn cute!
7. What’s your karaoke song?
Ma: Really? Think about that. Dad & I doing Karaoke? Really? Think about that. (They don’t do karaoke) I sing along to any song I know the words to. Love classic rock, country and Frank Sinatra kind of music.
Pa: Actually I’ve never sang karaoke but if I drank enough I might try Louis Armstrong’s “It’s A Wonderful World” or Johnny Cash “Folsom Prison Blues “
8. What was high school like for you?
Ma: High school was good for me. I marched in the drill team and was the sports editor for the school newspaper. High school was a good distraction from things being tough at home.
Pa: I was pretty self-conscious when it came to making friends but I had my own ballpark so that helped, other than that just being oblivious to what an adult working for a living would actually be like
9. What are 3 things (shows, sports, etc…) you like to watch on T.V
Ma: NCIS, Orioles baseball, Steelers football
Pa: Road Runner cartoons, Orioles Baseball and science shows
10. What was your first car? What color was it? Do you remember how much it cost?
Ma: My first car was a brand new Ford Pinto that was bright orange. It went on the road with tax, tags & title for a whopping $2800. I, unfortunately, was able to buy it with the insurance money I got when my Dad died right after I graduated from high school.
Pa: Impala station wagon, blue, free (I think)