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Getting Personal is an email Q with a local personality. Getting Personal appears first in print., in Sunday editions of The News Gazette. In the Jan. 15 newspaper, we’ll have a chat with LaDonna Wilson, a teacher and the drama director at Central High School. I am a night owl, however, and combine a little TV watching with my hubby and some laptop work until at least midnight.
What do you do the first hour of the morning?
Eat breakfast while watching the national news with my husband. Then it’s a trip to the hot tub to keep my flexible frame working.
What did you have for lunch today? Where? With whom?
A fresh lettuce and veggie salad with chicken teriyaki strips. On our glorious four season glass sun porch built with loving hands by my husband, with a great view of our backyard and all the leaves yet to be gathered ‘ere the winter storms begin. My husband of nearly 16 years, a retired building contractor. He’s the reason we have seven additions on our house since we moved here in 1996.
“Best” of anything is always difficult. But my dad was the music instructor at our high school, so I have many wonderful musical memories marching band, choral and solo contests, learning to play a snare drum cadence (when the drummers didn’t show for a parade) so the band could march on Memorial Day. Because our high school burned down three weeks before graduation, the senior class used several venues in our town of Savanna as classrooms. It was a little preview of what it would be like in college. We graduated on our athletic field, and I played for my own graduation, having recorded “Pomp and Circumstance” on the church’s pipe organ.
Tell me about your favorite pair of shoes.
Being prone to go barefoot when I can, I’ll rifle through my closet and tell you there are three pairs my Ugg bedroom slippers, my Saucony shoes (for walking my country road, where many Chorale ideas are generated) and my black satin 4 inch heels with a rhinestone clip, which are fun to wear at performance events for very short periods of time.
What does a perfect Sunday afternoon include?
There’s that “perfect,” “best of” question again. Sunday evenings are rehearsal times for The Chorale, so there is usually some prep work going on. But on a balmy, sunny day, a quick drive through a favorite restaurant and a picnic at Lake of the Woods is always a welcome Sunday afternoon activity.
Was there one book you read as a child that you still cherish? Own? Read?
I think my mother introduced every baby she ever knew, including her own two children, to the Peter Rabbit series, and I have tried to continue that tradition. I certainly own many of the Peter Rabbit series. McGregor’s garden in the yard, set up just exactly as you see it in the book, tipped over pot and all. At each point in her home, which was a site of one of her drawings, was a copy of the book opened to the exact page where the picture occurs in the story a very nice touch.
Where on earth are you dying to go? Why?
I’d love to walk the Milford Trek in New Zealand to see the countryside and to prove I could do it.
Tell me about your favorite pet.
All of my adult life, I’ve owned Shetland sheep dogs Shelties for short. My idea of a good time in Ireland was visiting a working sheep farm and watching those animals have their way with the sheep. Such bright dogs and easy to train.
Have you discovered as you matured that you are becoming like one of your parents? Which one and how?
Yikes! Another difficult question. I suppose matured is the operative word here. I’ve always been more like my dad in coloring, temperament and interest in music. Some might say I’ve “mellowed” over time and become a bit more like my mother. She was gracious and not fault finding. I think my mom thought I was a bit too curious and perhaps too ready to speak in a straightforward manner. I’d like to think I have some of the best qualities of each of them. Maybe that’s a question those who know me best should answer.
What would you order for your last meal?
I think I wouldn’t be too hungry knowing what was coming. But I am a pizza lover.
What can you not live without?
Another trick question! What do I think I can’t live without? My computer, my telephone, television, communication of all kinds.
Whom do you have on your iPod?
What’s the happiest memory of your life?
It’s hard to beat giving birth to three healthy children who are well and prosperous and contributing to society according to their special gifts.