Sunday, September 16, 2012

this is me

this is me

Journal Jar - About

Q:  When you were a child, what games did you play in your house or neighborhood?

A:  When I was young we liked to play Monopoly with my dad.  I liked to play pretty much every any game that anyone would play with me but I never liked Clue.  During the summer, the neighborhood would come alive after dark with night games.

Q:  What is your full name? Who were you named for? How do you feel about your name? 

A:  Joey LaVaun.  My parents had thought about naming me Shari if I was a girl and Joseph if I was a boy.  Joseph LaVarr, after my grandpa.  But I was a girl, and my dad said I wasn't a Shari.  So here I am, Joey LaVaun, after my grandma.  I love my name, even when it has to be explained to every 3rd person.  It's unique.  I can't imagine sharing a popular name with a host of other girls.  It's too good to share.  Even better, I am named for my Grandma Hansen who loves and works hard for the comfort of her family.  She loves, remembers, and appreciates her heritage.  I like that about her.

Q:  What activities do you enjoy doing today that you also enjoyed as a child? Describe them.

A: I love and loved playing games.  I love and loved organizing things and counting money.  I would pretend to do all the things that I grew up to do.  I love and loved being around my family.

Q:  What special skills did you learn as a child? Who taught you?

A:  I learned how to pour a bowl of cereal and make macaroni and cheese at a young age.  It was sort of a survival skill.  My mom probably taught me ... she knew I would need it for survival.

Q:  What were your best and worst subjects in elementary school? In middle school? In high school?

A:  I was really good at math in elementary school.  In junior high, I did well in English.  And in high school, I barely pulled out of there at all so it's hard to claim one subject as my best.  Maybe English.  My worst subject has maybe always been science and P.E., and once I got into high school I'd add math and business class to unfavorites.

Q:  Do you have special childhood memories of playing with cousins? Talk about them.

A:  I was very lucky as a child to be raised across the street from one family of cousins.  I was the youngest of all 11 of us.  That turned out pretty awesome for me.  In addition to that greatness, I have a load of great cousins, each one better than the last.