A recent blog meme has hit nearly every site I read regularly. I guessed it wouldn’t be long before I was tagged. So the deal is, I write five things that you didn’t know about me. And then once you’ve read them, you do the same*. Gives us all a little insight into each others’ psyches.
So… starting from the top:
5 – I talk to myself. Constantly. I have a permanent conversation running in my head, and it occasionally spills over into the Real World – usually while I’m walking – resulting in frequent strange looks and amused smiles.
These conversations often involve obscure (im)possibilities: should someone from medieval times be mysteriously transported to the twenty-first century via a freak temporal vortex, or if a genetically engineered velociraptor with the brain of a sadistic criminal is hunting you down; call me, I know what to do**.
4 – I like walking with my eyes closed. Around home, and when I’m out, I’ll often walk using only my memory and sense of touch to navigate. If you see me walking with one hand running along a banister or wall, there’s a good chance I’m feeling my way around. Either that, or it’s just because…
3 – I have to sense the world. I love the smell of my wife and my kids and the scent of books, new and old. I can’t resist playing with every toy my kids get, feeling the textures and hearing the sounds. I savour the taste of my meals, and I run my hands over the table, just because. When I remember things, I remember what they felt like, what they smelt like and what they taste and sound like before I remember how they look.
2 – I love words. I love reading them and thinking about them and manipulating them. I love inventing them and figuring how to put them together. English is like a jigsaw, and I relish slotting each word into place and conjuring an image or a feeling in the one consuming them.
I read every thing I see, books, signs, the back of the laundry powder. Losing the ability to read would be like losing a limb. Or worse.
1 – I crave attention. I guess that’s no surprise to those who’ve met me. I have to fight not to hurl myself into the middle of the conversation, or to say something funny. I love making people laugh.
To make the one I love most smile, that is my greatest goal.
* Only, about yourself, not about me**.
** Oh, and I have to nominate five others to participate. Jen, Ruth, Sim, Anna and Michael. Consider yourselves tagged.
*** On the other hand, I can never figure out what to say when I forget to take the bins out****.
**** Thankfully, if I forget, my neighbour usually does it for me – thanks Kendall!