day twenty-one: linda

Welcome!  If you’re wondering what all the 31 hubbub is about.  Read this.

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linda

Linda and one-year-old Ben: A favorite picture of mine.

I had been dating my husband for not very long when one day we were walking through walmart.  We were probably there to buy the latest movie out on dvd.  Exciting, I know.  All of a sudden he said, “Hey there’s my mama!”  I immediately felt sick to my stomach.  I get anxious with meeting new people and meeting the mom of your boyfriend at walmart—well it isn’t exactly what dreams are made of.  So I politely went to shake her hand when he introduced us and instead of taking my hand, she said with a big smile on her face, “Oh honey, give me a hug!”  From that moment on, I knew that I would be warmly welcomed into their family.

Linda still greets me with a huge smile and a warm hug.  She is a great mother-in-law, a wonderful mamaw to my kiddos, a loving and caring mom, wife, sister and daughter.  I’m blessed to have her in my life.  And she raised a pretty spectacular son…two sons and a daughter, actually…but I’m partial to the youngest son 🙂  Oh and she makes wonderful peanut butter pie.  Everyone loves it, but I kind of like her cheesy potatoes the best…shhhh…don’t tell anyone that or there will be riots.  Don’t diss the peanut butter pie.

Linda Sue Horsman was born and raised in Kokomo.  The house she lives in now is the one they moved to when she was in first grade.  She and Kent were married July 19, 1986 and lived in Greentown (a smaller town east of Kokomo) for 15 years before moving to the house in Kokomo that she grew up in.  She is now retired and claims that her life is boring but that it is the way she likes it.  She may think her life is boring, but she stays busy helping take care of her sister and helping her mom and, of course, enjoying retirement.

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I called her on the phone and asked her my questions.

Have you ever taken a personality profile quiz?  “no.  I was wondering how I would do that?”  Oh you don’t have to do it.  Are you the oldest?  “No I had an older brother and Donna is younger than me.”  So you’re one of those interesting middle children.  Love the middles 🙂  —She emailed me later and told me she took Bekah’s version of the Myers-Briggs Test and is an ISFP.

Tell me something interesting about the last movie you watched.  “Oh I don’t sit long enough to watch movies anymore.  I did watch one at the camper one day when the tv wasn’t working.  It was Jeff Bridges and the horse.”  Seabiscuit–love that movie!  “Yes I have a few of my favorite movies there.”  Why do you like Seabiscuit?  “I like an underdog story……I watch more movies during the wintertime.”

Where did you go to school?  “Lafayette Park and then Kokomo High School.  I wasn’t a great student but I had a lot of friends.  And I didn’t want to go to college because mom and dad didn’t have the money.”

When you were little, what did you want to be?  “a mommy. My mom said I was always playing with my dolls.”  And she fulfilled that dream!  I’m so glad!

What has been your favorite vacation?  “Kent and I took a cruise for our honeymoon.  We went to the Bahamas and St. Thomas and Puerto Rico.  After that trip, I knew that I had made the best choice in marrying him.”  What did you like about the cruise?  “Well my favorite was St. Thomas.  There were little shops and we spent half a day at the beach.  In Puerto Rico, we went to a fort.  I love things like that–historical things.”

What vacation has exceeded your expectations?  “Well when the kids were little we went to Chattanooga Choo Choo.  It was the best time with the kids I’ve ever had.  Billy was little–probably 4 or 5–and I loved seeing it through his eyes.”

Where were you and what were you doing 10 years ago?  “We were living in Greentown and I was doing what I do with my sister now, but with my dad.  Taking him to a lot of doctor’s appointments.  And that was the year that he passed away–in November.”  I remember that we weren’t married for very long, but I didn’t know when.  It was a little less than a year.

What is your favorite song right now?  “Well I don’t really listen to music, but I’ll tell you my favorite all time song.”  Ok, that works.  “Faithfully by Journey.  It is mine and Kent’s song.  He plays it for me on my birthday.  I like old songs because I know the words.  I can’t really understand new songs.”  —–Funny story:  I wrote down Thankfully because that’s what I thought she said.  William then told me that Journey never sang a song called Thankfully.  woops.  hahhaa 🙂

What is your current hobby?  “camping and taking care of my animals”  What are your animals’ names?  “I have three cats and three dogs.  The dogs are Holly, Koko and Chico but I call him ‘bitty boy’.  The cats are Angel, Holly and Raven.  I have nicknames for all of them too.”  That must be where Billy gets it from.  He Always has another name for someone.  It is either a strange talent or a sickness.  I’m not sure which 🙂

What book are you reading?  “I’m not.  But I have Patricia Cornwell’s latest waiting for me as soon as camping season is over.  It is called The Bone Bed.”  Then I tell her about The Bone Garden, the book I’m reading right now.  It is really good.  In fact, I’m going to finish it as soon as I get done writing this post!

Tell me something that people would find surprising about you.  “I’m pretty open.  But maybe that I have social anxiety.  I get nervous around people but if I’m with friends then I’m comfortable.”  hmmmm…sound familiar?  Maybe like me at walmart back in 2002?

If you weren’t afraid, what would you do?  “go back to school”  What would you like to study?  “some sort of child care for disabled kids”  I think she would do very well in that sort of field.

What has been your most life changing moment?  “having kids”

Finish this sentence.  Before I die, I want to “travel the U.S. with Kent.  I’d like to eventually get a smaller camper and drive it all around.”  Where would you head first?  “Probably head east to D.C. and Pennsylvania.”  Billy and I talk about getting an RV and driving around when we retire.  Road trips are so much fun 🙂

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Thanks Linda!  Love you!

Tomorrow is the 10 day countdown to the end of the month.  Not that I’m keeping track or anything 🙂

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2 thoughts on “day twenty-one: linda

  1. Thanks Rach….love you too…and thank you for being the perfect wife for Bill and for those beautiful kids of yours!!!!!

  2. Linda is an awesome mother-in-law, thoughtful, and I love her son, Bill. There is something about the gene-pool. I always tell Ben and Emily that they have great tans like their Grandma Linda 🙂

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