Rory’s questions for today:
Are you a person who likes their life to be orderly with set routines and schedules or is that not an essential for you to worry about?
I’ve always disliked schedules, deadlines, and appointments. There’s too much to be ‘thought about’, ‘investigated’, ‘created’ and “played” every day for that. Probably half of the reason I never liked school was because I felt forced to be there. When I was spending summers at my grandparents’ dairy farm, the adults were busy with chores, while I was busy being a “free range” kid on my own. I was never bored. With the farm dog as my sidekick, I explored fields, ditches and barns. Some of my pastimes were braiding bailing twine into belts, teaching the farm dog tricks, exploring ditches for polliwogs, riding my pony while pretending to be Annie Oakley, and collecting interesting rocks.
Every situation since has felt a little ‘confining’.
When I discovered I could make a supplemental living by inviting kids into my home each day, it was my perfect niche. With kids (at least with my style) every day was a different adventure. Sometimes I’d plan activities, but they were always subject to change. If a backhoe showed up to dig a trench across the street, would you want to sit at the table pasting pictures or watch it? The gang and I always chose the backhoe of course.
As for tidiness, I’m not good at that either. Our helter-skelter day care ways left picking up for days’ end… sometimes the next day. 😉
Are you a natural people watcher and if so what do you enjoy about the experience?
Gosh, yes. People are almost as interesting as polliwogs. Everyone has a story, everyone has a natural born temperament, and everyone is a possible new friend. While growing up, I watched people and evaluated them as ‘good’ or ‘bad’ examples of who I wanted to be. As an adult, I want to know what others think when I can get them to ‘open up’. My everyday dress code is mostly a decorative t-shirt with a flannel overshirt. My t-shirts have words and/or symbols that represent a wide assortment of my favorite things. Those t-shirts frequently elicit a comment and connection when I’m in public. It’s just the opening I need to be comical and friendly. The grocery store never disappoints. It’s a place where I can collect new humous anecdotes or curiosities on human behavior.
Do you think your online persona is very different from the one at home or are you exactly the same as you display yourself to your readers?
I don’t see any difference. I’m genuine to a fault. Even when it means I may ask inappropriate questions or state brutal truths, it’s always me talking… sometimes apologizing. LOL
6 thoughts on “Morning Dawdler 3/19/23 Free range on the Farm”
Hey Susan, interesting answers indeed especially the first, it’s been awhile since l have seen the term polliwog or what l knew when young as polwygle – so that was fun.
If anyone else reads this – the name comes from olden Rnglish and breaks to pol meaning head and wygle meaning to wiggle, basically headwiggler and sometimes referred to as taddepol which is what most people associate it with now. Tadde was toad so toadhead.
Thanks for the additional information on my post.
Do you call the happy little light up beetles, fireflies, lightning bugs, or glow worms?
I grew up calling them “lightning bugs”. 😁
Hey Susan 🙂 we tend to call them mostly glow worms or glow bugs here – Lampyris noctiluca
I love t’s with words written on them! I have a lot of them too!
You’re my kinda gal, Carol. Wish we could meet at the grocery store. 😉
No, that would be fun to meet in the grocery store. I would really enjoy that very much. 😚😍