SHARE YOUR WORLD – Marilyn Armstrong

Share Your World

If you could choose any person from history to be your imaginary friend, who would it be and why?

Eleanor of Aquitaine. I know absolutely nothing about her personally, except she outlived almost everyone else in her time.

She got pissed at her husband, so she raised an army to dethrone him. AND she survived more than a decade imprisoned and came out ready to fight. Sounds like my kind of gal.

The 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s: Which decade do you love the most and why?

I loved the 60s. The music, the attitude, our enthusiasm for change. I liked US — the people. I even liked the movies. Not so much television, but I didn’t watch much TV. It was pre-cable and television was mostly rolling video and snow. With rabbit-ear antennas. Also, we were young and everything was fun.

The 70s were baby and child rearing years for me. Also, a lot of work. Full-time work, motherhood, and housework.

The 1980s were Israel and I sometimes wish I hadn’t left. Whatever is wrong with Israel, it might be worse here. Then, I should give that more thought. I’ve been gone a long time. I really have no idea what things are like there now. It might be a lot worse than I remember.

Working in California from Boston – Dawn of a new age in telecommuting

Let’s see. 1990. Back in the U.S., marrying Garry, Martha’s Vineyard. Lots of work. Lots and lots of work. Long hours of work and a lot of learning to do.

Definitely the 1960s. And Garry was there, too. In fact, all my current friends were around back in the 1960s and we were young.

When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?

Nobody is going to remember me. I doubt most of us will be remembered past our grandchildren and that is the way of normal human life. I’m not trying to create a monument of my life.

You know what makes you memorable? Being a really great leader, being a very bad leader. Being a mass murderer. Leading an army to disaster or triumph. The rest of us pretty much disappear and that’s okay.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week? Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I barely remember the past couple of weeks. There has been SO much going on between Garry’s upcoming cochlear implant, getting hacked, rebuilding the computer, dealing with fraud investigations and forms … and other stuff. It’s just been really busy.

A lot of stuff got dealt with, though and I’m happy about that. Stuff got fixed which was broken. Some work got finished. I’m hoping that by the time Garry goes in for his surgery, most of the rest of our business will have been taken care of.