1. When you grew up were you ever told how to deal with problems?
Yes, the word "ever" says enough. My dad and gram were problemsolvers and they were very good with it. My gram should be, as she had 7 children, one of them chronically ill. I was very interested in how she handled things as I wanted a large family too. And she was quite willing to share everything she had learned. She was a great storyteller so we've spend a lot of time with tea and cake or cookies at the large table.
2. What was your first apartment like?
When I was a student I was able to get a large attick with a built in level for a bed and closets and wardrobes. It didn't look like an attick, but as a luxury appartment. It was opposite the balletschool (I was a balletdancer then) and I was a nanny for the kids of the family below. I don't know how I managed then. Life was one large clockwork of studying, running to and fro college, earning my own money (in the street behind my appartment) and ballet.
3. What was the first car you owned?
Never had a car, I don't even have a driver's lisence. Our first car was the old one of my dad.
4. Tell us about a crush or relationship that you had at high school.
He was tall, was a great organisor and everything else I wanted in my future husband. When we'd left school we planned to marry, but it never happened because we both went to university and he put his life on hold and I didn't want to. Maybe, in hindsight, I should have. Life would have been a lot easier. He became one of the CEO's of a worldwide company, terribly rich, etc etc. I wouldn't have been a bagpiper but a cellist. LOL!
5. Have you ever had an “enemy” in your life?
Yes, and she had a huge impact on our lives. It was terrible to experience something like that. She was so driven by her own convictions, her ego and the distortion which working too long in her profession creates, that she didn't ask the necessary questions to see things in pespective but just sailed on her own mistakes and those made by others. I expect more problems because of it this year, unless others are able to ask the questions needed and are able to see things in perspective. It's terrible that people are not able to see the truth and that they won't believe teachers, for instance, are able to make the most basic mistakes.
I have learned a lot though. And one of it is that there's no defence when people like her press you against the wall and play with your emotions by using the kids. Another thing I learned is that people won't belief it when socalled professionals use blackmail on you. It makes me value my friends even more.
6. What were you doing the first night that you got drunk?
That was many many years ago when one of our best friends lived next door. He gave me a glass of whiskey and it tumbled down rather fast and heavy. He took several glasses, the plant near my chair got drunk. Lol! I was a bit lightheaded and went home, drank a lot of water, took some bread and went to bed. He'd been thinking for three years that I drank almost a bottle of whiskey and he couldn't get rid of the strange smell, untill I exchanged the plant when I had to water the plant during one of his vacations. Haha!! His ego suffered most because he thought he couldn't drink as much as a woman.
7. Ten years ago, what was your job and did you like it?
Was a mom and a writer. Loved it.
8. What movie had the biggest impact on you as a child and why?
I'm not sure which one. Heidie was about a young girl who had to stay with her unfriendly granddad in the mountains. She was able to make him feel he wanted to be nice. Tarzan made me want to be adventurous and do something in my life that was out of the ordinary. Old Shatterhand made me curious about native american religion and the roots of people.
9. What are your plans for this weekend?
Running off now to go to my favorite second hand bookstore. They're selling books for 50 cents today.
Happy New Year!!
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