I was born on a Wednesday, but my favorite day of the week is Friday. The month I was born Elvis Presley was singing “Return to Sender,” America witnessed the first black female judge, nuclear testing, and read about Mariner 2 flying by the planet Venus. I’m a Chickasaw, Sagittarius, Baby Boomer, and the oldest of three girls. As a little girl, I dreamed of being an actress, marine biologist, and a teacher. Today, I love movies and theatre, whales, and teaching eighth graders English. As a child I remember big family holidays, watching my dad work on his woodcarvings on the front porch, listening to Hank Williams and Loretta Lynn, and riding my bike. I won third place in the State Fair for my woodcarving of an old cowboy boot. George Washington’s white horse was a gift from my ancestors to ride during the war. My daddy is the sun, moon, and stars to me, my mother taught me how to be a survivor, and my two sisters are my best friends. I learned how to swim jumping off my grandpa’s shoulders and how to be true to myself from my daddy. As a teenager, I drove a Trans Am, sang with the Bee Gees with the T-tops out, and drank Sonic cherry slushes. My first date was with the high school wrestling captain at the movie theater watching Saturday Night Fever. I never went out with a boy from school again. I’ve dated a musician, race boat driver, racehorse jockey, millionaire, and married a truck driver who is the very definition of gold. I’ve been an Indian princess, an elf in a school play, and a recipient of racial prejudice. My favorite cars are the Jaguar XJ6 and the Trans Am Bandit. The theme song from “Phantom of the Opera” penetrates my soul and jazz soothes my heart. I met Chuck Mangione at Norman’s 2007 Jazz in June and he autographed my 45 record “Feels So Good.” My daughter considers me dead; my son makes me proud to be his mother, and my two grandsons hold my heart. Clyde is my Shih Tzu and more valuable than diamonds. I won the battle with breast cancer, fight depression every day, but almost died losing someone to suicide. Being separated from my grandsons still brings tears to my eyes but reading a text from them makes me smile. I adore thunderstorms, being near water, and 72-degree days. I hate mean people and humidity, but love being around people who make me laugh. If I ever see the ocean, I will probably stay there forever. I love creating and making things and would probably fade away without Hobby Lobby. I’m a super organizer, a list-maker, and hate doing laundry. I almost sunk a ski boat with my sister and once wore two different shoes to my English Literature class in college. If I had one wish I would want my family to never have to struggle due to money. My second wish is to be slim while eating anything I want. I believe that kindness to others is the secret of life.