Tuesday, December 28, 2010

A Mommy Is Made Takes Vanity Fair's Proust Questionnaire

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
At 13 - a bag of Smartfood popcorn 
At 20 - you don't want to know
Now - lying in bed with my husband and daughter on a lazy Sunday morning 
What is your greatest fear?

At 13 - middle school
At 20 -  graduation
Now - paying for college, regaining my pregnancy weight, my daughter getting too old to snuggle

Which historical figure do you most identify with?

At 13 - are my parents considered historical figures?
At 20 - was I supposed to study for a history exam? 
Now - Mother Theresa (yes, that's a joke) Jesus (yes, that's also a joke) Does Superwoman qualify as a historical figure? 
Which living person do you most admire?

At 13 - my father
At 20 - Dr. Theresa Kennedy, my English professor  
Now - my grandmother ~ 88 and still rockin' it (and she did give birth to my father, so yeah... still my dad, too!)
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

At 13 - jealousy
At 20 - pettiness
Now - impatience
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
At 13 - jealousy 
At 20 - pettiness 
Now - arrogance
What is your greatest extravagance?

At 13 - a mani/pedi (with mom treating, of course)
At 20 - buying the next round 
(*At 25 - designer handbags*)
Now - a long, hot shower
What is your favorite journey?

At 13 - traveling to Italy with my family
At 20 - traveling to Italy with my mother (there are future blog posts in the works about our trials and tribulations... like getting separated boarding a train, her teaching me to drive stick on the side of a cliff, and the fact that it was the last time I saw my grandfather)
Now - motherhood
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?

At 13 - humility 
At 20 - temperance 
Now - patience
On what occasion do you lie?

At 13 - never
At 20 - "Officer, was I speeding?"
Now - never
Which living person do you most despise?

At 13 - other 13 year old girls
At 20 -  I don't despise anyone... Dude, life is good. Want a brownie? How about a veggie burrito? 
Now - myself, when my patience runs dry
What or who is the greatest love of your life?

At 13 - Edward Scissorhands 
At 20 -  maybe someday I'll find love... 
Now - my husband and my daughter
When and where were you happiest?

At 13 - as a kid vacationing at the beach 
At 20 - this is it
Now - in the O.R. with my newborn daughter on my chest
Which talent would you most like to have?

At 13 - I'd love to be a talented writer
At 20 - I'd love to be a talented writer
Now - A very wise mother recently told me, "You'll never be talented at motherhood... But my children have taught me to like blueberries again and to admire bulldozers." So I'd like to be talented at not being talented at motherhood.  But I want to get pretty good at being a mom and learning everything I can from my children.
What is your current state of mind?

At 13 - I'm carefree...
At 20 - you don't want to know
Now - excited, overwhelmed, and tired
If you could change one thing about your family, what would it be?
At 13 - nothing
At 20 - everything
Now - geography 
What do you consider your greatest achievement?

At 13 - turning 13 
At 20 - getting into college 
Now - becoming a mother
If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?

At 13 - hopefully someone who has lived through middle school 
At 20 - a nun 
Now - my daughter
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be?

At 13 - a giraffe
At 20 - a flower child 
Now - myself
Where would you like to live?

At 13 - Italy
At 20 - somewhere warm where I could bask in the sun and sip daiquiris while being fanned by a pool boy
Now - inside my daughter's mind
What is your favorite occupation?

At 13 - Huh?
At 20 - You mean, I have to get a job someday?
Now - SAHM (Stay At Home Mom) 
What is your most marked characteristic?

At 13 - I'm completely insecure, but you'll never know it.
At 20 - I'll work hard and play hard.
Now - I'm the most stubborn person you'll ever meet and I can be pretty sassy at times.
What is the quality you most like in a man?

At 13 - Man? Ew. They're like, old, right?
At 20 - Sensitivity
Now - Humor
What is the quality you most like in a woman?

At 13 - Whatever my mother has going on
At 20 - Humor 
Now - Honesty, and whatever my mother has going on
What do you most value in your friends?

At 13 - Loyalty
At 20 - A safe ride home, a shoulder to cry on, and, oh yeah... thanks for holding my hair back.   
Now - That you're still here, after all these years, all the tears, all the laughter, all the fears, all the heartache, all the pain, all the sunshine, all the rain.
Who are your favorite writers?

At 13 - The people who write Mad 
At 20 - Toni Morrison, William Butler Yeats, Robert Frost 
Now - The folks who write The League
Who is your favorite hero of fiction?

At 13 - Holden Caulfield
At 20 - Holden Caulfield
Now - Holden Caulfield
Who are your heroes in real life?

At 13 - The guys from Dead Poets Society
At 20 - My parents
Now - My parents, my sister, my husband, my daughter
What are your favorite names?

At 13 - Isabella
At 20 - Cassidy, Mackenzie, Morgan, Grace (was I destined to have a girl, or what?) 
Now - Mackenzie, Mackadoodle, Munchkin, Stinker Butt, Stinks Magoo, Sleepy McSleeperstein, ... Kendall Jackson, Nestle Tollhouse, Pauly D, JWoww, Edward Cullen (yeah, still a Twi-hard), Pastre, Rohrbeck
What is it that you most dislike?

At 13 - mean girls
At 20 - immature boys
Now - bad drivers, banana poop diapers, long lines, traffic lights
How would you like to die?

At 13 - never gonna happen
At 20 - anywhere but in this porta potty outside a Phish show
Now - knowing my children are happy
What is your motto?

At 13 - "You'll never have friends like you did when you were 12." ~ Stand By Me
At 20 - "It's 5 o'clock somewhere."
Now - "This, too, shall pass. Tomorrow is a new day. I'm doing the best I can. She'll thank me later. So this is what it's all about."

1 comment:

  1. The motto at age 13 will always remind me of you. :) such a fun read! xo