Life is Grace

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do/ with your one wild and precious life?” (Mary Oliver)

My friend Liz tagged me to reveal seven true things about myself. So here goes!

1. I was adopted 39 years ago yesterday, October 24, at the age of five weeks.

2. I am Irish, French, German, Danish, Ojibwe, and Lithuanian; my adopted parents (although I think of them as my “real” parents!) were German (my dad) and German, English, Scottish and Cherokee (my mom).

3. My favorite comfort food is macaroni and cheese from Noodles.

4. When I was a little girl I wanted to be a priest and was sure that if I could just meet with the Pope I could convince him to let women become priests.

5. In college I worked for Senator Ted Kennedy and attended several parties at the Kennedy Compound in Hyannisport, Mass (I wasn’t a guest, I was on the job). I had first applied for an internship with Senator John Kerry because I thought I didn’t have a prayer of getting a job in Ted’s office. Then when Kerry turned me down, I figured I had nothing to lose so just for the heck of it I applied for the job in Kennedy’s office–and got the position, even though they had already finished hiring for the summer and had to create a new place just for me. Why, I still have no idea. Serendipity!

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Me with other Senate interns at Hyannisport clambake, summer 1989. Check out my huge ’80s hair!

6. I am number 41 out of 44 grandchildren on my dad’s side. He had ten siblings, all of whom were fruitful and multiplied. We are also a family of baseball freaks. I am the only grandchild and sole remaining descendant on my mom’s side.

7. I was a political science and philosophy major at Boston College, with an interdisciplinary minor in Faith, Peace and Justice studies.

I am supposed to tag seven other people, but I think everyone I know has already been hit. If anyone reading this hasn’t, consider yourself tagged!

4 thoughts on “seven truths

  1. liz says:

    #5 – OMG!!!! That is so cool, Barb! Do you have that photo framed at your house? I certainly would!#7 – Faith, Peace & Justice Studies sounds so neat – I love that title. That just about says it all, huh? Was there anything in particular you read in that class that you’d recommend?

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  2. Emilie says:

    Happy adoption anniversary, Barb! I would let you be a priest if I were the pope. 😉

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  3. Kerry says:

    Okay… that Kennedy pic is priceless. I love it AND your hair. Bless you for posting.

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  4. LutherLiz says:

    That is some serious hair! Love it!

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