Friendly Fill-Ins

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Here are the fill-ins:

  1. My favorite subject in school was _______________.
  2. An extracurricular activity I participated in was ___________________________.
  3. I want to learn _________.
  4. It takes courage to _________.


Here are my responses:

My favorite subject is school was history. I loved learning the stories of how this country started and about the rest of the world. I still remember what my 11th grade US History teacher had on the board the first day of class: 1588. She said to remember it, that it would be on the final exam. It was and I did. AND I still remember.

1588 was the year that the British defeated the Spanish Armada. Mrs. Pennington said if we ever forgot who won  to just think about what language we were speaking – English. That worked for where I lived when I learned about this 1588 event, but it wouldn’t work here in this part of Texas. Spanish is spoken all around us here.

I did not have very much involvement in extracurricular activities. In 7th grade, I was on the girls softball team for a brief period, until the coach did something that endangered me. My mama wouldn’t let me go back and I didn’t want to. I was scared to death at the time.

I want to learn everything there is to learn about pottery, creating it as well as its history in Edgefield, South Carolina, and Northeast Georgia, which is where my forefathers were utilitarian potters.

It takes courage to be different. Society today doesn’t want “different”. It wants everyone to think alike, talk alike, walk alike, look alike, to be carbon copies of what is seen as “normal”.  I am proud to be different and will never embrace the idea that I have to be “normal”. Heavenly Father made me the way that I am, gave me the experiences that I have had, for a reason. What is the fun of being just like everyone else?

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Have a blessed weekend, y’all!


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About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native, but have been living on the Texas Gulf Coast for 14 years now. David and I have been married for 34 years. Our children are grown. Some are here at home, others are out in the big world doing their "thing". I enjoy genealogy, reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, cooking and much, much more.
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16 Responses to Friendly Fill-Ins

  1. If you are not “Normal” I am glad for my abnormal girl. We are normal, some others just have slid almost a complete bubble off center and think some pretty strange things are normal and okay. I love you, My Zing!

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  2. foguth says:

    Well, some of the folks I see on the news think MS-13 are simply misunderstood and they’re wonderful souls; they think porn stars are honorable women, BUT other women, who juggle time between being a wonderful mom and running a company can be called a foul word…. and they think this is ‘normal’…. It is NOT a normal I admire or understand. So I vote for different, too.

    As per favorite subject, I liked the stories in History, but I also liked any stories, so I would choose English. As per extra curricular: debate team. The thing I’m more interested in learning – at this moment – is if there will finally be a peace treaty in Korea.

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    • I agree with you! I don’t know why it is that being a decent person is so vilified in our current culture while being indecent is glorified.

      I enjoyed the reading and writing in English, too. 🙂 I think debating is interesting, but I’d never be any good on a debate team.

      We’re wondering, too, what is really going on with Korea. Hopefully everything will work out okay.

      Have a blessed weekend. 🙂

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      • foguth says:

        As per debate team, we needed to research the topics basic facts/issues and often didn’t know if we would be arguing pro or con until about 2 minutes before the debate began. At the time, I thought this was nuts and would have preferred to choose a side, but -years later – I realize it was excellent training for learning how to discover the important aspects of an issue.
        IF you want to listen to news that seems to pay attention to all aspects of issues, I recommend Fox. My personal favorite is Mark Levine, but he’s only on Sunday nights and he mainly focuses on the constitution/law. Hannity has been the top rated news program for a long time – heard 197, but am not sure if that is weeks or months. He’s on M-F, but generally any new news is on Monday. If you like debates, check out Tucker Carlson.

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        • Thank you for explaining further about debating. I think not knowing which side I would be debating would have just freaked me out too much. I am not at all good with the unknown or changes in plans. But, the surprise does sound like it was pretty exciting and a good learning experience.

          Thanks also for these suggestions of what/who to watch. Maybe I will check them out sometime.

          Have a blessed weekend. 🙂

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  3. L.M.G. Miller says:

    Thank you for participating in the Friendly Fill-Ins! I actually didn’t enjoy learning history until my senior year of high school, when my history teacher was Dr. Davis. He had previously been a medical doctor, but then somewhere down the line decided he wanted to teach history to students instead. I am so glad he did, because he made me really enjoy learning the subject that I had disliked for years. And you are so right about #4. It does take courage to be different, but there is something so freeing about being different. Fitting in with the crowd is just no fun. Have a beautiful day!

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    • You’re welcome and thank you, too, Lorianne. I think it is cool that your teacher was a doctor and then decided to teach history. It almost makes me wonder if he became a doctor to fulfill someone else’s desire (like a parent) and then finally decided to chase his own dream. I am glad that he helped you to enjoy history.

      Yes, being different is very freeing and way more fun than being “normal” could ever be.

      Have a blessed weekend. 🙂


  4. Comedy Plus says:

    I loved history and English in school. Both are most important.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. ♥

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  5. 15andmeowing says:

    Thank you for participating in the fill-ins, great answers. History doesn’t surprise me as being tyour favorite knowing how you love researching your ancestry 🙂 I hope you get to learn everything you want about pottery. I would be offended if someone called me normal 🙂 Have a nice weekend! XO

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    • You’re welcome and thank you, too, Ellen. 🙂 I love history and doing personal family research. I find it exciting to see how and where my ancestors fit into history. Some of them were people that I learned about in history class, which makes it even more exciting to discover.

      You made me giggle with your comment about being offended if someone were to call you normal. 🙂

      I hope that you have a blessed weekend, too.


  6. History is so much fun to learn, i wish we could learn from it as a society and quit making the same mistakes over.

    Normal is very overrated.

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  7. Vanessence says:

    You know, I am so excited about the thought of you doing pottery! I think it would be so cool to see that process, and see the things you create!


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    • Thanks so much for your encouragement, Vanessa. I have tried one thing so far, but with air dry clay. The symbol on it will eventually be my potter’s mark. This air dry experiment didn’t go particularly well. It cracked and I can see right through it. But, I didn’t have a roller to get it evenly rolled, so maybe those inconsistencies made it dry unevenly and caused the cracking. I figured I would start with air dry clay since I can’t afford a wheel or a kiln right now. Plus, my hand strength is an issue, if I can’t maneuver the air dry clay, then maybe I wouldn’t be able to work with the other clay either. I don’t know. Anyway, I’m going to keep trying. I will probably go retrieve my test piece shortly and photograph it and make a post about it. Maybe that post will even be as long as this comment. haha

      Have a blessed night, my friend. 🙂


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