Random Things You Probably Don’t Know About Me

I realize that I divulge a lot of my personal anecdotes on you through my blogging and storytelling and that I share a large portion of my life’s journey with you that pertains to my mental illness as well but it’s probably fair to say that there’s still a whole lot that you don’t know about me and the person I used to be or the quirky parts of my personality I’ve never revealed. 

Afterall, isn’t life supposed to be about trying to build deeper connections with one another? So here are some random things about me that you may not know (in no particular order):

~When I was a tween, one of my favourite after school activities was taking baton twirling classes with a group of my friends. I remember feeling the glory of participating in a local Santa Claus parade, twirling my baton through the streets of Richmond Hill. It was really cold outside but I didn’t care. During my time as a baton twirler I was also named “Miss Congeniality” and won a trophy which was voted on by my peers. 

~I was so painfully shy as a child that my grade 4 teacher expressed concern to my parents as he thought that maybe I couldn’t speak. I was so blessed to have him as my teacher again in grade 5. He was my favourite teacher ever. By the end of grade 5 he couldn’t shut me up. 

~All three of my children (a boy and 2 girls) were delivered by cesarean section. The first two were unplanned. I mean the C-sections were unplanned not the actual pregnancy itself, well the first and third pregnancies were at least planned whereas our middle child we like to call a very happy surprise! Due to having two emergency C-sections back to back (just over a year apart) once we learned I was pregnant with our third child a few years later, we pre-scheduled her due date for a C-section many months in advance. 

~I once walked the streets of downtown Toronto dressed in a giant raccoon costume. I guess it could’ve been worse? 

~When I was about six years old I slipped and fell into a big fountain in the middle of Fairview Mall in Montreal. My brother was supposed to be watching me while my parents were shopping in a nearby store (if this had happened today CAS would likely be called in for leaving 2 children under the age of 10 unsupervised). I still remember the orange corduroy jumpsuit my mom bought me afterwards so that I didn’t go home sopping wet.

~When I was in grade one I won first place in an art contest I’d entered and received a cash prize and had my art work displayed at the local mall.

~I have a University Degree in Sociology as well as a Diploma in Early Childhood Education which I graduated with Honours from in the year after I got married; I’ve always wished I’d have become a hairdresser. I was the Queen of French braiding back in the day.

~I also dreamed of one day becoming a Veterinarian and owning horses. Too bad I really sucked at math and science. It’s just as well though because my heart could never handle such an esteemed career.

~I stopped eating red meat when I was 16 years old. A few years ago I reintroduced steak into my diet. Just steak. 

~I have never broken a bone or ever had stitches. 

~I loved reading Judy Blume books as a child and young adult.

~I played the role of Toto from the Wizard of Oz in a play one summer at overnight camp. I wish I could sing on Broadway. Perhaps in my favourite musical of all times “Mamma Mia” (which I’ve seen 9x). If only I could sing (hence the role of Toto!). But I can’t, like not even in the shower.

~I won $10,000 on a two cent slot machine 10 years ago at a local casino. I think my luck ran dry shortly after that.

~I have a great fondness for baseball and hockey which grew from watching my son play both sports for many, many years. I’ve always regretted never joining a baseball league in my adult life. 

~When I was a young child my grandparents sold their baby grand piano when they were moving into a condo and bought us an organ with the money. I took lessons every week. My teacher, Mr. Miami would come to my house. I could play row, row, row your boat blindfolded. Boy how I wished we had inherited the piano instead.

~I was extremely flexible as a child and had great balancing skills. I could contort my body into many different shapes. It was most beneficial when it came to ballet, figure skating and gymnastics. Nowadays I can barely even touch my toes.

~I loved tap dancing. 

~I am shamefully terrible with directions. If you spun me around three times I’d get lost two blocks from home. When I was 17, my best friend and our boyfriends decided to go to Buffalo for the day. I drove. They all decided to take a short nap and told me to wake them up when we got to the border. I realized by the time I’d reached Kingston Ontario we should’ve arrived at the border long ago. I’d taken the ramp going East instead of West! Oh well, it was their fault for napping. We did eventually make it to Buffalo by dinnertime! Thank goodness for the invention of GPS’S. 

Now it’s your turn. Go ahead and share something that I probably don’t know about you.

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Author: Kim Fluxgold

Wife, mom of 3 beautiful children, dog lover, creative sole and children's book Author. Sharing my journey with depression and anxiety through blogging in hopes of educating and ending the stigma.

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