Here it goes...Did you know...
1. That when I was a teenager I cleaned someone's house for money! Yep! Allow me to explain. I wanted to go away to a very expensive camp for teenagers the summer before my senior year. My parents already had two kids in college so they told me that it was too expensive and that I couldn't go. Once someone tells me I can't do something, I always find a way. I spoke to my youth pastor at church and he arranged for a family to sponsor me. I didn't want to take money from someone without earning it so we all agreed that I would help the family around the house until I actually 'earned' the money. I cleaned for them and watched their children until I earned the entire amount. It made all the difference to me to have truly worked for something that I wanted so badly. This ethical belief has stayed with me my whole life: you don't appreciate something if it is just handed to you.
2. I also got paid to iron shirts for an elderly handicap man. I got paid by the shirt!
3. I did not go to my senior prom because I was very shy around boys! My mother was so worried about me that she got a priest to talk to me because she thought I didn't like boys (if you know what I mean, lol).
4. When I was a senior in high school I decided that I wanted to be a missionary in Africa because I was worried about all the hungry children. I actually signed up to go with a group called, "Youth With A Mission". Once again, my mother called the priest and I was forbidden to go.
5. In high school, we had an open study hall for the entire grade level at lunch time. There was one very overweight unattractive girl named Angela who always sat alone. That upset me so I always looked for her and talked to her so that she would not be alone. She later told me that that meant a lot to her.
6. I was raised in a very little house with one small bathroom. We had 7 people (my parents raised my cousin so there were 5 kids, 2 adults) sharing a bathroom, so we had a morning schedule that we had to abide by...5 minutes max! It was hard, but I did it.
7. Every summer in high school, I volunteered to work at an overnight camp for inner city kids. I volunteered for an organization called, Young Life. My heart has always been for children in the inner city my entire life.
8. In college my part-time jobs were: Working in the kitchen of a pizza restaurant, a sales clerk for a dress shop called, the Deb Shop in the mall, I typed doctoral thesis for professors and I painted portraits of people for money. I also painted storefront windows with holiday decorations during the winter holidays in my college town for extra money.
9. I borrowed $10,000 to go to college and I finally paid it off at the age of 32.
10. I am a third generation teacher in my family.
There you have it...things about me that you probably wouldn't believe. Love, Ms. B.