Share Your World 29 April 2019

Here are my answers to this week’s share your world from Sparks

If you could interview anyone from your life living or dead, but not a celebrity, who would it be and why?   

I would like to interview my maternal grandmother because although she told me lots of stories about life in the early 20th century, I would love to know what she thinks of the 21st.

As a child, did you have a nickname?  Did you carry that with you throughout life or was it only in childhood that you used it?

I had plenty of nicknames. Some were hurtful but I was taught – Sticks and Stones will break my bones but names will never hurt me.  That was the way life was in the sixties and you just dealt with it.  No point crying to Mommy or Teacher.  One such name was Fatty Boom-cracker – by family members no less – they thought it was very funny.  But it didn’t go on for too long although snide remarks about my weight were often made.  I don’t think anybody meant to be nasty – but I would not encourage my own kids to give nasty nicknames.  I also had a long unpronounceable Greek surname.   Perfect for kids of the sixties to make fun of.  My siblings and I used just laugh along with them.   Our name sounded like – Penny-for-a-cart horse.   In the ninth grade a smart-ass boy converted it to automatic cart horse which of course was very funny.   I was also called Helen, Helen Watermelon.   At College I was simply called Penny and that lasted all three years there.  I didn’t mind that one! Actually none of them did any harm – all character building which I think might be lacking in the over-protected world of today.

Give us three words that describe you:

Enthusiastic, Positive, Kind

Sneaking into a second movie at the theater (if you go to a movie house)?  Is that wrong or just harmless ‘fun’?

Well if you’re a kid it’s just harmless fun.  But for adults – no way!  Pay up!

If you had a time machine would you go back to the past or forward into the future?  Why?

Definitely to the future.  I believe I am already on a journey to the future – and have reached some stations already and I love them.  Imagine what’s coming up – the most awesome technology.   I hope I make it to some more of those future stations.

6 thoughts on “Share Your World 29 April 2019

  1. Jean Nico De Villiers

    I grew up hearing the word Fatty Boom Cracker, not directed at me, but probably affectionately used when referring to one of my uncles or my dad’s friends… recently I told my wife after she scolded me for eating Kentucky, that I will not become a Fatty Boom Cracker. She laughed her ass off…. never heard of the phrase…. nobody in office either. I googled it and landed on your blog. So I wondered what the origin of the expression is and why only a few kids in a few households would have heard it, like you and me… I feel special…. lol


  2. Jean Nico De Villiers

    I do know my mom grew up in Pinelands, although we are Afrikaans mother tongue… maybe a native SA English expression or even Constantia slang…



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