January 17, 2011
What was your family like?
A. My Oh My Mom
B. Grandma and Grandpa
C. 100 Acres…. One Family
II. What was your educational and athletic experience?
A. Newaygo High School
B. Western Michigan University
IV. Do you have your own family?
A. Paris, Kendall and Jade
B. Husband, ex-husband
C. Friends without borders
III. What jobs have you endured?
A. Cheese and butter sandwiches
B. Automotive, Automotive, Automotive
V. What are your personal, academic and professional goals? A. Stay alive
C. Kzoo LEADERS
Hindsight is 20/20
The knowledge that I have today would have been very useful in my past choices and decisions. I am, by no means, saying that I would change everything, as a few of the questionable decisions have defined me. I had tools in my toolbox; I just used a hammer, instead of maybe a screwdriver or wrench. I will explain how key individuals and experiences have contributed to my outlook on adult learning and that these same influences still are at work nudging me along into my future plans and goals. My first memories of my mother were when I was about five years old. My twin brothers were only a couple of months old. We lived in an upstairs apartment across from the bank where my mom worked. I often wanted to sleep with my mom as I kept seeing an alligator at the foot of my bed. She never wanted me to, but when she fell asleep, I would sneak in. I would lie there and my alligator would appear on the dresser. I would clap and mouth how nice he was. I would do this until I fell asleep. My mom isn’t afraid of anything that I know of, and really neither am I. I wonder if by making friends were her alligator, it helped perpetuate her fearlessness. Two bad marriages and being a single mother lead my other to being in the extreme independence range. She built our house when I was seven; which she lives in yet today. She is currently the Drain Commissioner of Newaygo County at age 64, refuses to stop smoking, and can fix just about anything with duct tape. Her favorite store is Menards. As stated by Witt and Mossler regarding observational learning theory, “Children and adults develop in certain ways based on the models they watch”(2010). My independence and fearlessness, thanks mother, grandma and grandpa thanks for your part. My grandmother was one of the kindest persons I have ever known. My grandfather was one of the most biased individuals. They both were captains in the army. My grandmother an RN and grandpa was an MP. Respectively they retired from the local hospital and the sheriff’s office. Grandma taught me how to cook, along with the other more feminine sides of being a girl, whereas my grandfather surprisingly taught me not to hate. He was so prejudice, which in Newaygo he fit in perfectly, I wonder if they hid the picture with me in a white hood! Modeling as discussed by Albert Bandura, can not only teach acceptable behavior, but also afford the look of what is not. (Cited in Witt and Mosler, 2010). The remaining family, 2 aunts and an uncle were all given a section of land from the 100 plus acres my grandparents owned. My mother built first. Behind her to the left, my uncle built next, and to the right, my aunt soon followed. My youngest aunt took over the home my grandparents lived in when they passed away. Having your entire family in spitting distance does have advantages, but you never get a chance to really miss anybody. I could literally write forever in regards to my family, but I think I will leave something to the imagination.
I attended Newaygo elementary, middle and high school. I loved playing 3 sports a year and was the school star in basketball, volleyball and track. My entire life revolved around sports. I was a forced to be a conditionally good student by my mother. I...