Jun. 2nd, 2012

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From [livejournal.com profile] rose_lemberg!

The meme:

Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile." 

• I'll respond by asking you five questions
• Update your journal with the answers to the questions
• Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions

1. Do you have a favorite moment with your grandparent(s) that you'd like to share?
My mother was raised by her aunt and her aunt's brother/blood uncle. This was because her aunt wanted to raise children so much so several of her siblings "offered" her one child for her to raise. My mom did grow up meeting her biological mom, but she also has three "brothers" (biological cousins from separate families). It wasn't until I was suppose to make a family tree in 1st or 2nd grade that I learned about this; I thought they were blood.

I don't know my grandparents that well, there are languages barriers. But my great-uncle and I had a close relationship, despite the language barrier. Sometimes he'd buy ice cream in the flavor I like. In their old house in the countryside - they have geese, chickens and used to have cows - there's also a swing out front. Once we just sat there and swung gently around. I don't remember what we were eating but we were sharing a snack together. It was quiet and peaceful. Unfortunately I wasn't able to attend his funeral because we were overseas at the time.

2. What is your preferred comfort food?
My preferred comfort food... Well, here it's fruit roll-ups, strawberry! But usually it's junk food of some sort. Snickers, Cheetos, Sour Patch Kids, Kit Kat, etc... If I was home with my mom, her sambal ikan bilis (chillied anchovies) are definitely a favorite dish of mine. I eat it with rice or in a sandwich.

3. What was your favorite picture book growing up?
I don't think I really remember a favorite picture book growing up. I don't remember my parents reading to me. We had a lot of Peter and Jane books growing up but I remember reading them to myself.

4. In addition to panthers, what other wild animals do you admire, if at all?
Owls, though I don't know a lot about them! I find them fascinating. I think I prefer animals I associate with darkness or night-time.

5. If you could meet any poet, dead or alive, for dinner - whom would you invite?
John Donne! I read a lot of his poems back in my last high school. While conversation may be a little hard in terms of types of English we each speak, I find his poetical twists really intriguing and, well, smart. One day the English teacher wasn't there and the class broke out into a divided discussion of what Donne meant in "The Flea." It'd also be interesting to consider what kind of dinner we'd both find appetizing...

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