1-I was born on a military base in Dover, Delaware.
2-When I was five, my mom, while pregnant, asked me to name my sister, which I did while picking flowers in the woods on Ramstein Air Force Base, Germany.
(pictured, Wendy, Germany, 1969)
3-I gave our mom three options: Dandelion, Edelweiss, and Heather.
(pictured, Mama brings Heather home from the hospital, Germany, 1972)
4-I had a pet squirrel named Fuzzy Wuzzy that I hand-fed from my bedroom window in Shalimar, Florida.
(pictured, our house, 16 Magnolia Drive, 1973-1977, in Shalimar, Florida, as it looks today; my bedroom window was on the 2nd floor, far left-)
5-Fuzzy Wuzzy was shot dead in 1975 by my best friend’s brother, using a bb gun. I’m still mad.
6-Chip Totten was my first boyfriend. We were seven.
(note: Chip commented that I later cornered him for a kiss beneath our 4th grade classroom table; however, having blocked that out years ago, I don’t recall it as a fact-)
(pictured, Mama/Mignon, Heather, Wendy/Dolores, and HAIR, during Mardi Gras, my senior year of high school, 1985)
8-As a teenager, my cousin Kelly gave me the pseudonym, “Dolores Pepper.” The name stuck, and I dated several guys well into my 20s who thought that was my name.
9-In the 1980s, my mom let me join her and her friends for Ladies Night at the Seagull and the Landing (both long-gone nightspots in Fort Walton Beach, Florida), provided I call her “Mignon.” If I slipped up, I had to leave.
10-I was once mistaken for Kim Basinger while buying a Christmas tree. The guy at the lot insisted I take the tree for free. I gave him an autograph.
11-During family gatherings, I sometimes call my husband, “Dad,” and my dad, “George.” Fortunately, alcohol is always involved.
(pictured, Heather, Dad and me, when Heather and I surprised our dad for his birthday with a double-renewal of our wedding vows during a 2005 pool party, New Orleans; the purpose was to get pictures with both of his daughters in their wedding dresses; riiiiiggghhhtttt….-)
12-After wearing them for months, I complained to George that the “R” is backwards in the “WR” earrings he designed. Turns out I was looking at them in the mirror.
13-I have so many Neil Diamond shirts that I can’t count them all. I would like a Neil Diamond hoodie, but I haven’t found one yet.
(note: before you start looking, the links are already pouring in, and I feel fairly sure I’ll find one under the tree this year-)
14-For years, I have highlighted my hair.
15-My two favorite words are “Aunt Wendy.”
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-pictured above, nephews Wyatt and William with Zoey; Tallahassee, Florida, October 2013; see also my sister Heather’s blog, Adventures of a BMX Mom, linked here–
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