Friday, October 24, 2014

Quiz Me

As a kid, the word


filled my belly with
butterflies, even though
I worked hard in school
and was a good student.

The term quiz, on the
other hand, felt less serious ~
a bit lighter.  Generally, a
quiz was meant to identify
what you already knew and
discover what you needed to 
work on for the test.

Quizzes, as opposed to
tests, could even be fun.

Some of my favorite types
of quizzes were the ones that
I used to find in my mom's
copies of Woman's Day or 
Family Circle, or later, in my
own copies of Seventeen and

These quizzes covered a wide
variety of topics, from astrology
(which sign is your ideal mate?)
to careers, fashion (what color
season are you?), health and

Rarely were new revelations
uncovered.  When the trues 
and falses were tallied and
compared to the key, I was
generally shaking my head
in agreement.

But once in a while, the results
weren't what I'd predicted.  They 
made me stop, think and consider.

One quiz I took my last year of
college suggested that a career
as a flight attendant might be on
my horizon; a suggestion that I
seriously contemplated.

{I sent applications off to a few
airlines, but apparently they didn't
arrive at the same conclusion as
the quiz!}

It's those once-in-a-while-surprise-
me results that still make quizzes
entertaining to take.  

Can they really figure me out?

Maybe the results will point me
in a direction I hadn't expected.

How well do I know myself?

There are scores of short quizzes
on Facebook, and I've taken my
share in the last couple of years.

What style of house should
you live in? (Farmhouse)

What color is your aura?

What U.S. city should you live in?

What's your real age?
(I liked it.)

Which I Love Lucy character
are you? (Ethel)

Can we guess your job?
(Author....loved reading that!)

Who is your guardian angel?
(My great-grandmother)

Some head nods.
Some surprises.
Some things to ponder : )

Life's tests still give me 
butterflies, just like the ones
in the classroom did long ago.
Not just the kind on paper, but
the hard stuff.  The rubber
meets the road stuff.  The
what am I made of stuff.

But life's quizzes still delight,
spotlighting the things that I
now know for certain about this
journey, while challenging me to
think about the things that I do not ~
new ideas, filled with possibilities.

I hope there will always be

So I'll keep taking those
quizzes, expecting to nod
my head, but secretly hoping

to be astounded : )


all photos P&H