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Three On Thursday

This week we are returning to answering Ask Me Anything questions. Let’s do it.

Bonny asked: What is your proudest accomplishment?
I’ve done a lot of things I’ve been proud of, from getting my Master’s Degree in Library Science while working full time, to getting elected as a selectman, but I have to say the thing I’m most proud of is raising Hannah to be a strong and independent woman. I’ve mentioned before that I was raised by an alcoholic mother who was also raised by an alcoholic mother and as a result there was a lot of trauma and emotional abuse in my childhood and young adulthood. I was determined to not pass any of that on to Hannah. To never make her feel guilty for wanting to live her own life. To never expect her to fill my needs. To never subject her to the things I was subjected to. I didn’t always get it right but I broke the cycle and I’m really proud of that.

Becky asked: What are the fall back recipes you make over and over again?
My fall back is always comfort food. Meatloaf and baked potato, American Chop Suey, or chicken and rice. I almost always have the ingredients on hand to make any of those dishes. And, if all else fails, I make grilled cheese sandwiches.

Laurie asked: What is your favorite movie of all time?
My favorite movie is When Harry Met Sally. I’ve loved it since the first time I saw it and I think it’s still funny and charming and relevant all these years later. I don’t watch it often but every once in a while I have a craving for it and I’m never disappointed.

And that’s all for this round of Ask Me Anything. I hope you learned something new about me today. If you wrote a post to share, make sure you include your link below.

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This Post Has 9 Comments

  1. Breaking the cycle of alcoholism and related behaviors is an incredible accomplishment. It’s a bit like being an alcoholic, each day is a fresh chance to get it right or have to struggle with it.

    I’m also a long time WHMS fan. There are such tender human moments and hilariously funny bits too. Maybe a bit like we all hope our life will be like.

  2. Breaking the cycle is the best gift you could have given your daughter, husband and yourself. And I’m going to have to find WHMS and watch again one rainy day – such a joy to watch!

  3. Parenthood is a proud part of many people’s lives, and especially so if you have broken the cycle. (And I want grilled cheese for lunch!)

  4. Breaking that cycle is hard, and you should be VERY proud of yourself for that! I may only “know” Hannah through your blog, but from that little bit, I think you’ve been very successful a raising a thoughtful, caring, beautiful (inside and out) woman. I hope she knows how lucky she is to have you as a mother.

    Also, I just ate breakfast, but like Bonny, I’m now craving grilled cheese!

  5. What you are most proud of is beyond wonderful! I don’t know Hannah or your family except through your blog, but it makes me think of all the grace you have passed on to your daughter, your family, and your friends. My SIL broke the cycle of abuse in her family, and by walking with her during some of the difficult times, I know how hard it is and also how beautiful the results are. I wish you & your family the best!

  6. Carole, I know how hard it is to deprogram yourself from learned toxic behaviors, and it is WORK. I tip my hat to you, and you should be proud for not passing it along. Giving those up is like learning to give up part of your personality. Your comfort food list sounds great, and I don’t have a recipe for American Chop Suey, so I will have to pursue that. We just watched WHMS the other day. Such a great movie!

  7. Oh, heck yeah, Carole! Raising Hannah to be strong and independent AND breaking your “family cycle” is just awesome and something to be so very proud of. XO And eating grilled cheese while watching When Harry Met Sally sounds like a perfect idea.

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