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Are you stubborn as a grass stain or as easy-going as a light breeze on a warm day? Tell us about the ways in which you’re stubborn — which issues make you dig your heels in and refuse to budge?

Easy going as a light breeze on a warm day sounds delightful. I can feel and see it. I’d like to be that, but I’m not sure I’m that easy-going. However, I’m not particularly stubborn either.

I am both; it depends. I feel like this is a question you should ask others to answer about me.

I’m easy-going in that I am flexible. To keep your sanity as a teacher (which I was) you have to flexible, or you break. I’m pretty laid back in my home life too. If something unexpected comes up, or people land on my doorstep at dinner time, I don’t panic, I just cook more. I’m not so set in my ways, or committed to a personal schedule, that I get bent out of shape if something unforeseen intervenes. Who know? It might be better than what I had planned!

Age has given me the benefit of being much more solid in my beliefs and opinions. I’m not closed-minded, but there are things that I’ve leaned through experience, study, and observation, that can make me pretty firm in some thoughts and actions.

I’ve also learned a lot more about children since mine were young. I would not be the same mother now, knowing what I know, that I was for them. Far from being a grandmother who lets her grandchildren get away with stuff when they’re away from their parents, I enforce expectations of good behavior and manners on them. I also play with them, getting down on the floor with the little ones, or sitting at a table to play a game, color, or make a craft. I know that children need their parents and grandparents to spend time with them — but besides companionship, they need direction and structure. That also tells them that you care about them.

I have a few non-negotiable items in my life — but for the most part I’d have to classify my self as easy-going with I have boundaries.