Beyond the Background Check

9 Sep

As a person who has had my fair share of background checks in my day, (no fun back story here… just an ex-public school teacher) I wonder what these random pieces of information gathered by different police or public agencies say about me in the dusty drawers of several Board of Education offices in the State of Georgia. I give them my date of birth and my social security number and they tell someone how I have spent my time … or rather how I have not spent my time.

I would like to think that I have more to offer the world than a background history deemed clean by the GBI.

So what is my back story? If I met you today what you would find out about me over time? Or maybe, for those of you who have walked life’s path with me for many years, did you know that

  • the Atlanta Braves is my favorite baseball team.
  • I have knocked myself unconscious.
  • I have been in 27 states.
  • I have visited 11 countries.
  • I would rather drink good sweet tea than any other drink.
  • I would rather have an arid thirst instead of drinking unsweetened or ‘bad’ sweet tea.
  • I was an English major at Wofford College.
  • I read Moby Dick for fun.
  • I lived in a dorm for four years.
  • I have been to Disney World over 20 times.
  • Blue is my favorite color.
  • Currently I have had seven knee surgeries and counting…
  • my first concert was Cyndi Lauper at the Omni… my second was the Indigo Girls at the Fox.
  • I started playing soccer when I was eight.
  • I have witnessed three people faint in operating rooms while I was under the knife (my father, a nurse, and a med student observing the procedure).
  • I wore braces for 5 years and I only got them off because my orthodontist died.
  • My first car was named ‘The Silver Bullet’, the next ‘Nessy’; then ‘Minnie Pearl’; until finally ‘Wilma the Family Truckster’.
  • I have blue eyes.
  • I love the beach… or any place with water.
  • I had my first child at 29…
  • I knew Kevin for four years before we started dating.
  • We were engaged for four months.
  • I have made clothing and fixed car accessories with duct tape.
  • My sleeping bag is named Charlie.
  • We had two cats but the thought of living in Kentucky made them run away.
  • I can’t decide if I like carrot cake or cheese cake better.
  • My favorite place to eat is Inoko’s in Athens, Ga.
  • I had to change two flat tires in one day.
  • I can’t spell at all.
  • I was a high school English teacher for seven years.
  • I wore 9 when I played soccer–before Mia was born.
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3 Responses to “Beyond the Background Check”

  1. ...Kevin September 10, 2008 at 7:44 pm #

    …Moby Dick and War and Peace for fun.

  2. KellyLawson22 September 10, 2008 at 9:37 pm #

    I love this. I also love that Cyndi Lauper was your first concert. And the correct answer? Carrot cake i best.

  3. Dan September 11, 2008 at 10:53 am #

    “I read Moby Dick for fun.” Me too – hated every moment of it.”I have knocked myself unconscious.” Please share that story on your blog. That’s one I can’t wait to hear. OK, gotta go meet your husband for prayer and accountability.

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