If you could meet anyone, dead or alive, who would it be...?
Over this long Memorial Day weekend, it seemed fitting to develop my own answer to this question - recently sent as part of a questionnaire to 50 family, friends and colleagues.
I would plan a dinner party for four special ladies--two of whom I have met and love very much. I have long admired and respected the other two ladies on my guest list. I'd like to share dates of birth and death with you...as I find some beautiful similarities in dates and the month of May.
Five chairs will suffice, as Aunt Baby will be resting regally between her Grandmother (Miss Sammie) and her Momma (mar).
Along with Mom's preferences, there will be fresh garden flowers as a centerpiece. Chef Geoff has agreed to cater our meal, featuring shrimp, coconut pie and coffee aplenty, at the very least. Aunt Baby will be quietly indulged under the table and Momma will have some special meaty snacks for her as the dishes are cleared.
Mom will inform Maya and Jackie that her daughter is a born interviewer. She called me the Barbara Walters in the family, and I must say she had a point!
From my perspective, I'd open the conversation with this power-house of women with a few broad-ended questions then practice my active listening skills.
Today, Mom would be 89-years-old.
Maya would be 88-years-old.
Jackie would (soon) be 87-years-old.
How fascinating it would be to hear the similarities and differences of their views on any issue(s) under the sun. I'd absorb their life wisdom like a sponge--especially wanting to know how they each moved on and thrived from some beyond difficult circumstances.
As we part ways, for now, I'll have Billie Holiday sing her rendition of "I'll Be Seeing You"...
As far as the questionnaire, some responses I received from the 'Wish to Meet' list are...
What wonderful answers! My thanks to each of you who responded. Hoping others will add their answers to this question in the comment section.
If any of you are interested in a questionnaire to share your thoughts on additional questions, please let me know and I'll be happy to send one your way.
Until next week, wishing you peace and joy,
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