LutheranChik tapped me for this meme; if you haven’t read her blog, go there when you are finished here! Her reflections on the lectionary are particularly powerful.
1) I’m slightly “P” on the Myers Briggs Type Indicator, but in new situations I fall back on my mother’s training and become very “J.” Lists and schedules gave her a sense of control over an unpredictable world, and I tried very hard to live her way for many years. In CPE, everyone quickly learned that I had memorized the schedule and the room numbers we needed to know. I had my children with a “P” man, and he has in the past fussed at me for being “just so J!!!” (I’m not, really. I can’t believe it’s unreasonably J to ask at noon if a person wants the children at 4 p.m. that day when that person has suggested he does.) Life is better as I lean into being P, going with the flow.
2) I really dig introverts. They challenge and fascinate me. The worse they are at functioning in the everyday world, the better I like them. The more they know about something I don’t know anything about, the better. I also dig eccentrics, many of whom fall into the first category, but not all.
3) I like to see my female friends one at a time. You will never see my getting my girlfriends together. They probably wouldn’t even like each other. Although I talk about how much I would like a RevGalBlogPals get-together, I probably really prefer the idea of meeting them one at a time. I think this has to do with my abandonment issues, the fear of losing one friend to another if they like each other better. (In high school, I remember introducing my favorite friend to a boy I liked and watching her walk off with his attention, which is doubly galling since she later came out as a lesbian!)
4) I have a morbid fear of sewing machines. My mother had an old Singer with the thing you jiggle with your leg: terrifying!! In a college theatre class, I had to learn to sew on a more contemporary model: unnerving!!! The instructor assigned me to sit on a stool and sew braid by hand onto the uniforms for the upcoming Gilbert and Sullivan production.
5) I adore hymns. I love most music (Just look in the sidebar for the contrasts in my current listening.), but hymns really do something for me. I love the four-part harmonies; I love participating in someone else’s experience of the divine; I love the familiarity of something I can sing with my eyes closed. I love the community nature of hymn-singing. I adore hymns.