#52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Fun Facts

Fun fact about me: I was incredibly shy as a child. I didn’t want to talk to anyone I didn’t know, and I certainly didn’t want to stand up in front of a crowd and say anything. In about 8th grade, I forced myself to enter a speech writing contest, in which I also had to stand up and read the speech, and in about 11th grade, I decided to audition for a school play along with a friend of mine. In both cases, the same thing happened: my voice trembled and my legs shook. I did not advance in the speech writing contest, but I did get cast in the school play – as an extra. That was fine by me. I could hang out with my friend, do something fun, and I didn’t have to say anything! That is, until rehearsals stretched on, and people dropped out, and suddenly I found myself with a speaking role. That was the first time I ever had to say anything in front of a group that I didn’t write, and I realized that it takes some of the pressure off when you’re saying someone else’s words. When I got to college, I signed up for an acting class to continue that process of becoming more confident of speaking in front of a group. By the end of the first semester, I was cast in three plays and I changed my major to theatre.

Here I am after a night of performing comedy-horror songs at a haunted tour for First City Shakespeare, Pensacola.

Fun fact about my mom: She snuck out of the house once through her bedroom window. Her parents realized she was gone, and her dad locked the window and waited for her to come in the front door. I would NEVER have dared to do that! Of course, I don’t remember ever hearing this story when I was a child.

Fun fact about my dad: He was a violent sleeper. He kicked the window out in his bedroom once growing up, and when my parents first got married, if mom had to wake him up for shift work, she had to poke him with a broom. I guess he eventually grew out of it. I think I remember being told to be careful when I was little if he was sleeping, but I don’t remember any problems as I got older.


About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have two cats and a husband.
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2 Responses to #52Ancestors in 52 Weeks: Fun Facts

  1. Eilene Lyon says:

    My husband sometimes sleeps like your dad. It can be scary!

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