Alright! So about a week ago my friend Lisa Janice Cohen — author of The Between — challenged me to write a post about ten things I love that begin with the letter “P”. It seriously took me this long to come up with my list, but here it is!
Potatoes! — Anyone who knows me at all will laugh at that this. I love potatoes in just about any form I can get them. Except chips. I’ll eat chips, but I just … yeah. Not a huge fan.
Philanthropy — Honestly, we’re all on this planet together and we have a responsibility to each other. There’s no reason any child should ever go hungry. We all just need to step up and help where and when we can. (I’ll even share my potatoes if I need to.)
— Oh, come on. Who doesn’t love puppies? Just look at them!
Panda’s — Well, I’m kinda cheating here. I love Red Panda’s especially. My local zoo just got a new pair and they are so fuzzy and adorable I would just love to take them home and snuggle them. If I wasn’t afraid of the big teeth, of course. They do have some sharp chompers.
Procrustean — Just the word, I promise. But I mostly love the word because of the history behind it. And in case you weren’t aware of it, I think I’ll educate you! In Greek mythology there was this dude called Procrustes. He was a bit of a bandit, but not in the fun Robin Hood way. He would put his victims on an iron bed and if they were too short, he would stretch them until they fit. If they were too tall, he’d start lobbing off appendages to get everything to conform just right. Thus leading to the definition of Procrustean as :: marked by arbitrary often ruthless disregard of individual differences or special circumstances.
And now I’ll bet you’ll never forget what that word means. And yes, if I’d been given the letter “H” for this, I would likely have chosen History as one of my great loves. Since I couldn’t, I get to torture you with that image instead.
People — Generally speaking, I love people. We are all so weird. I mean, just watch us for a day.
Patterns — I like ivy patterns the best, but when it comes to decoration I do like anything colorful and patterned to give a sense of diversity to a room.
The Princess Bride — I’m cheating here, too. But, eh, I would be remiss if I didn’t point out the Princess Bride. In fact, my son and I just watched it the other night. He’s insistent that he is the man in the black mask. But I wouldn’t worry too much. He insisted that he was Spok when we watched Star Trek, too.
Paper & Pens — It’s a dangerous thing to let me loose in the office supply section of any store. Seriously. I write my first draft via pen and paper. Every story. Every time. I’m sure I’ll have horrible arthritis when I’m older, but for now it works.
And last but not least …
Parenthood — There are moments when my son drives me crazy. When he won’t listen and I have to sit him down and have a discussion with him about what he did wrong and why he can’t do it anymore and all that jazz … but on the whole, being a parent is one of the most fulfilling, wonderful things in this world.
That’s my list!