When I worked for the Aegis newspaper years ago I suggested a weekly story about someone. A story about someone picked at random, a dishwasher, a housewife, a tax accountant for I truly believe we all have a story. We all have something we can put out there. I follow Humans of New York which is a young man taking pictures of people in NY. He asks them a basic question which they answer if they want. The answers are poignant, earth shattering, scary, funny, thoughts, looks into this person that moment. This young man has a following of millions now because it is basic ~ We all have a story. I deep inside me feel that we all want someone to ask us a question, tell me about yourself, how to you feel about.......
Right now on face book there is a thing going on where you are given a number....3, 5, 9 and you are to tell that number of things about yourself that others might not know.
I have learned so much from assorted friends through this little sharing.
People have stories yet we are so busy with life
that we don't sit and share ~ how can we ever learn about each other?
if we just pass in the night without letting others into our souls. the things shared are mundane and not... Did I know any of this about these two people? Does it thrill my soul? It makes them human and individual and special.
My first car was a Studebaker manufactured in Canada 2. A honey bee flew up my nose and stung me inside my nose, brought tears to my eyes but cleaned out my sinuses really well. 3. I have had my right arm in the uterus and birth canal of many different large animals, midwifery. 4. When sea kayaking in the Sea of Cortez I ate stingray, spear fishing was a little lean that day. We cooked the wings, it was good. 5. My first paying job was milking cows by hand. 6. I swam with a pod of dolphins in Hawaii, they had new born babies as small as footballs.
I was given #8 so here goes.#1 I was born in a trunk and grew up backstage. Parents in vaudeville. #2 I had lived in 47 states by the time I was 7. #3 traveled 350,000 miles by car in the U.S. and Canada by age 7.#4 Had attended 6 schools by the middle of the 2nd grade. #5 I made about 32 international trips to Europe ,North Africa and Southeast Asia alone. #6 Went through the Kyber Pass and up to the Afghan border with Pathan friends. Visited a village or extended family in the Kyber Pass as well. All strictly forbidden by both governments ( US and Pakistan). #7 Spent 30 of the last 40 years without a television. I can't handle any violence so that leaves me the cooking channel and of course the late shows. #8 Currently living outside the US and intend to continue to except for visits to friends and family.
What I am saying here is that we need to remember we don't know much about each other and that it is a shame that we don't ask and don't learn about each other.
and moi what did I say...... My number is "7" given me by Marion. I'm going to tell you 7 things, about myself, that you may not know.
1. Ritchie is a family name. It was my maternal grandmother's name. I get mail addressed to "Mr" and most misspell my name by forgetting to put T into Ritchie.
2. I have had 47 jobs. I have worked in a greenhouse & I have been the National Advertising Manager for a big newspaper and everything in between. My shortest job was a half day, my longest 17+ years.
3. I have been married 47 years! I got married when I was 22. You can do the math and figure my vintage age.
4. I would love to live abroad in UK, Wales, Scotland or Ireland.
5. I can not knit although my sister is a Master Knitter and has tried to teach me. AND I can not mow in straight lines.
6. I learned to drive stick shift when my husband sold my automatic and got me an MG and my first drive was in a stressful traffic jam on a huge hill. I have been driving stick every since then, loving it!
7. I have a half brother that I have only seen for 20 minutes in my life.