What do you miss most about being a kid?
Wow! Just so many things. I probably miss not worrying about things like I do these days. As you grow up, or, at least for me, you start to realize that you're not quite as invincible as you once were. And, neither are the people around you. In the past few years, I've lost grandparents, great aunts and uncles, childhood pets, and even friends. That has been the hardest and most humbling lesson. It also causes me to greatly worry about things that never crossed my mind as a kid. I miss all of those people and the simplicity of youth.
Did you have a nickname growing up? What was it?
I had two. I equally hated both of them. The first one was Suzie-Q. Yeah, I know that isn't so bad. In fact, on some levels, it's even kind of endearing. But, as a kid, I hated it. The reason? I loathed barbeque. Yup. Crazy, I know. I love it now, but, as a kid, I thought it was disgusting. And, anytime I was called "Suzie-Q," I immediately thought about barbeque, and it grossed me out. Hence, I hated the nickname. My second nickname was "Man." As a kid, my brother couldn't say "Suzanne," so he called me "man." Ever since then, that's what my dad has called me. I hated it. It didn't exactly speak volumes for my feminine nature. :)
What was your favorite thing to do at recess?
Monkey bars. Hands down. I have always been a super competitive person, and I secretly loved the monkey bars because so many other kids couldn't do them. I know. Evil.
What did you want to be when you grew up?
A meteorologist. I was obsessed. From about the 3rd through 6th grade, I spent all my free time at home watching The Weather Channel and pretending to give weather reports on a blank space of my bedroom wall. Hurricane season? Best time of the year! I kept a binder of each and every newspaper article on the storms. Still have it! Does that make me a nerd? Probably. But, I still think it would be so very much fun.
What was your favorite toy?
Ohhh, my pink Barbie corvette! You know, the kid-sized one that you could ride down the driveway in? Power Wheels, I think. Brings back good memories... It was so impractical, though. I remember charging it for days, and it only running for a good 30 minutes. But, I loved that thing. I was hot stuff in that car.
What is the funniest thing you did as a kid that your parents still remind you about?
My parents have worn this story out over the years. When I was around three, we were visiting my great aunt's house, and, somehow, I got control of the remote. I started pushing the channel button, but nothing was happening. My dad then told me, "Suzanne, point at the t.v." So, following orders, with my only free hand, I pointed my index finger straight at the t.v. and continued my attempt to change the channel without success. Not great, but that's the first one that comes to mind.