Women We Love (VI)

 

 

  • Name: Christine Adams Beckett, Chris or Chrissy if you’re my mother.
  • What words best describe you? Writer, bookworm, do good’er, dog walker, foodie who answers most often to “”
  • What is it that inspires you? It changes daily, but today it’s the words of Robert Frost and witnessing loved ones overcome struggle.
  • What are you most grateful for? Coffee. And other trite things like health and family.
  • What important values do you live by? To just go ahead and give it a try, already and the all-important Golden Rule.
  • Life is…full of struggles which are necessary for emotional intelligence, and peppered with cathartic joys, which make all the rest seem worth it.
  • Love is…at the top of the hierarchical needs pyramid.
  • Work is…not a four letter word. If you do what you love, work is a pleasure.
  • Biggest achievement so far… Overcoming fear on many fronts. Learning to trust.
  • Hardest thing you have ever done… Finding where to put the garbage (“la poubelle”) on the first day in my new apartment in Paris was a big challenge.  It was 2002, I was eight months pregnant with my second child, had a toddler running around an apartment in disarray, with packing materials from our air shipment slowly taking over the whole of our floor space.  I was enormous, terribly jet lagged, and didn’t know the language; somehow we had managed to find a place to live, an obstetrician and a pre-school for my two year-old son.  Yet not knowing where to put all that packing material? That was scary.  (Henceforth, the “straw that broke the camel’s back” has been known as “la poubelle perdue” in my household. I had a good English to French dictionary somewhere in that mess… Needing it less and less during that five-year hiatus also turned out to be one of my proudest accomplishments.
  • Most impactful or favorite book…The Complete Works of William Shakespeare, although admittedly these words are far better heard than read.
  • Least favorite word…”like” when used for any other purpose than simile. I preferred the nonsensical “um,” and “er…”
  • Where do you see yourself in five years? Gainfully published and reveling in my children’s happiness. And maybe on tour with Lily Vakili! I’ll be the one on tambourine.

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woman, you are mahvelous — XO — that poubelle story!! 😉

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