Share Your World: 27 July 2020

Are you a clean or a messy person?

Hmmm… If the question is are you clean or dirty, then the answer is most definitely clean-ish, but I believe a little bit of dust here and there now and again never hurt anyone.And if the question is are you tidy or untidy, then I probably sit comfortably about the middle of the continuum. I’m certainly not a minimalist when it comes to personal possessions so I like to have my things around me with a place for everything and everything in its place, and being surrounded by such clutter doesn’t necessarily count as ‘tidy’ to minimalist neat-freaks 🙂

If I asked you to describe yourself in five words, what would they be?

Daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, me. I remember years ago taking part in a small personal development training session as part of a management team where coincidentally I was the only woman present, at that time a young single parent working mother of three small children. We each had to write down ten words describing who we were, and these were discussed in the group afterwards. Almost all of the men had included at least eight out of ten words that were individually descriptive of specific traits or characteristics they valued whereas about seven out of ten of mine were linked directly to naming my relationships with others. I remember the significance of the gender difference being remarked on by everyone, but for me it was an honest response. I was born and brought up at a time when women were legally second-class citizens, long before the Sex Discrimination Act of 1975, which has inevitably shaped my early identity and in many ways still shapes how I think of myself today.

Do you enjoy being out in nature?

I love being out in nature, walking by water or through woods or spending time in my garden, and just generally being outside in the fresh air and warm sunshine. But I like being indoors at night, tucked up safe and sound in my own comfy bed.

What could you spend all day talking about?

Nothing. I’m an introvert at heart, and much as I love being in company at times I also enjoy having some extended periods of solitude and silence in my day. Even the thought of talking all day exhausts me.

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9 thoughts on “Share Your World: 27 July 2020

      1. My first grandchild was born when I was 38, and I do love being a relatively ‘young’ grandmother – growing up alongside your kids isn’t all bad 🙂

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      2. I suppose you pays your money and takes your choice. We have the opposite – I am only 52, with a 21yo daughter, my wife just had her 60th. As it happens she is fitter and healthier than I am, but she is expected to be as much of a mother now as when daughter was 2yo.

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  1. Thanks Ruth for Sharing Your World and some very honest answers to the questions! I particularly liked the remark about the five words….I, like you, grew up in a time when women weren’t really counted. Especially in Utah (which ran 20 years behind everyone else for a long time). I remember as a young woman getting my first jobs (in the 1980s) and being expected to wear a skirt or dress to work. It was really a very different time and yes, it has shaped many women to accept second class treatment I think. Thank goodness for the ones who fought for equality…wow. I just had an epiphany of sorts.. Man. Thank you for your forthright responses today! 🙂

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    1. Thanks Melanie – actually when I got married first time around in 1982, even then I had to ask permission from the minister to wear a short-sleeved dress, as long sleeves were considered the most appropriate dress for women in a church! Yet nearly 40 years on look at some of the almost topless wedding dresses you see worn these days – things have definitely changed! 🙂

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