August 23

Great Questions – Part 9

Posted by lori . 9 Comments


Back in May, I ran a series of five questions that were meant to get you (and me) thinking about memorabilia and hopefully identifying some of the special treasures.  When I originally posted these questions, I didn’t answer them, but now I am.  Here’s the fourth question:

Think of 5 favorite events or periods in your life; what 5 special things represent those times?


1.  Charlotte’s Web

(Becoming a Lifelong Reader) Charlotte’s Web is the book I credit with making me a lifelong reader.  My 3rd grade teacher read aloud a chapter every day, and I was captivated by the story.  I loved it so much, my mom bought me a copy of the book that I still own.

2.  Ardmore Award

(School Years)  I went to a small elementary school and it was a good experience with many happy memories.  The Ardmore Award was given to one girl and one boy of the graduating 6th grade class.  I won and was honored to receive it.  Since I’m allergic to competition, it’s one of my only awards.

3.  Frog Trinket Box

(Motherhood)  My daughter’s dad bought this for me in the hospital gift shop when she was born.  I collect frogs, so it was a perfect little gift.

4.  Kuwait Medal

(Hardest Thing I Ever Did) – Five months after my daughter was born, I was sent to Saudi Arabia for the Persian Gulf War.  Leaving her was the hardest thing I ever had to do, but as is so often true, many good things came from it.  The thing I’m most thankful for, the relationship that was forged between my daughter and her dad.

5.  Mission Bell

(Marriage) – My husband and I met and married in California.  Much of our courtship and honeymoon centered around a portion of the California Mission Trail (El Camino Real – The Royal Road).  The idea of placing the Mission Bell Guideposts as markers along the highway and in front of each Mission came about in 1906.  This is a souvenir and a sweet reminder of a romantic time.

Daily Inspiration


There’s no such thing as bad weather, only unsuitable clothing.

Alfred Wainwright

About the photo (taken August 23)…Last night, I went to the movie theatre to see Singin’ In The Rain.  I’d never seen this movie, let alone on the big screen.  It was a delight.

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9 Responses to " Great Questions – Part 9"

  • Patty says:

    How long were you away from your daughter? I cannot imagine. Thank you for your service!

    • lori says:

      It was horrible at the time, but it turned out to be a great things because it made her and her dad very close. I was away for 9 months.

  • Thank you for your service! I love Charlotte’s Web too! Even though the title now makes me cry 🙁
    Nola’s Mom

  • I’m not familiar with life in the armed forces but having to leave a five month old behind seems a bit premature! Aren’t they still suckling at that age? (Pardon my ignorance, I know very little about babies.)

    It’s amazing how even little trinkets can form a rather clear picture of your life and who you are 🙂

    • lori says:

      I’m not sure what the rules are now, but at the time I went your baby had to be at least 6 weeks old. Can you imagine? I was lucky that Olivia was an “older” one at 20 weeks (ha). I suspected that my unit was going to be mobilized, so I quit breastfeeding her in January and we were activated in February. Even though it was hard, it was one of those things that changed my life in a very positive way. I promised myself that if I made it through, I would consider the rest of my life like frosting on the cake. It made me a grateful person and that is a good way to go through life.

  • houndstooth says:

    I loved Charlotte’s Web, too! 🙂 I recall a teacher of mine reading it the same way yours did.

    I can’t imagine leaving my dogs behind, much less a baby! You are made of some strong stuff.

  • I loved Charlotte’s web too!
    That must have been so hard to leave your little girl.
    Lynne x

  • Very nice exercise. I’ll have to think about that, but I do like your answers for sure. Good job.

    hugs, Max

  • Amy Cross says:

    I love these snippets of who you are. You never fail to amaze me!

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