Karen (estherchaya) wrote,

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I'm betting she thought I forgot about her

So life's been busy and I've not gotten around to answering the interviews that were given to me literally months ago. Oh well.

Anyway, here's an interview from cellio. Interview from jeannegrrl to follow as soon as I find it and have the time.

First the rules:

  1. Leave a comment, saying you want to be interviewed.

  2. I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.

  3. You'll update your journal with my five questions and your five answers.

  4. You'll include this explanation.

  5. You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.

And now for the interview!

1. What has been the biggest change so far as a result of getting married?

That's a difficult one to answer because not many tangible things have changed since we got married. There were a lot of changes that took place over the course of our engagement, but not so many drastic changes after the wedding. Mostly, I think my attitude changed; I feel more secure in a lot of ways, but I also feel more "legitimate" in others. There's some very special sort of comfort in being able to refer to "my husband" instead of "that guy that I live with." The security issue is a very strange thing. It's not like I ever questioned Seth's "loyalty" (for lack of a better word)... but something about having that piece of paper makes me feel like "wow! he really meant it!" It's weirdness of course, and it's a little thing, but it did affect my perspective to a degree.

2. You can transmit a message of no more than 50 words to the Karen of ten years ago. It's a one-way transmission; you don't get to interact. What do you send?

What was 10 years ago? 1993? Hrm. On this date ten years ago I was getting ready for college auditions. Little did I know that I was going to have an injury, leave music, and get a history degree. So I think, clearly, my message would have to revolve around college:

"Hey- stop stressing, you'll get into a good program. But don't put all your eggs in one basket; take a well-rounded program (you'll need it). Oh, and when you get to Stony Brook (because that's where you're going), avoid Mark. He's bad news. You'll meet him in Freshman English."

49 words.

3. What is the most rewarding aspect of Judaism for you?

As you may have already surmised, it's these "most" questions that are the "most" difficult for me. I'm not good at picking "favorites" or ranking things as good, better, best. So I guarantee that tomorrow, or the next day, I'll have changed my mind about what the "most" rewarding aspect is.

Disclaimer noted, I suppose I would say that I've really come to appreciate the way in which my relationship to HaShem has grown. My world within Judaism is limitless. I'll never be able to fully comprehend HaShem (nor would I want to) or His wonders. I'll never be able to read every book. I'll never be able to learn every law. I'll make mistakes, but I'll learn from everything I do, and every time I learn I'll move closer to G-d. It's that freedom to expand which I think is what I appreciate most about Judaism. Many people see Judaism as restrictive; I see it as limitless.

4. Name one interest or hobby that you'd like to pursue that you're not pursuing right now. What's stopping you?

Photography. What's stopping me? Well, a couple things. First, I can't really afford a nice camera. Second, most photography calsses seem to be on Saturdays, which is out for me. Third, who has the time?

Someday though.

As an aside, I'd also like to improve and pursue my piano skills. But the lack of a piano (and funds to buy one) are what's keeping me from that!

5. You have been granted a one-hour audience with any person of your choosing, living or dead. A translator will be provided if needed. Who is it and what do you talk about?

I don't really know, to be honest. I've been wracking my brain trying to come up with at least a BS answer, but I'm just not good at this type of question. I'd like to think I'd try to talk to someone seriously important to his or her era like Mozart or Churchill or Jefferson or Florence Nightingale. But really, I guess if I were pressed about it, I'd probably say my great-grandfather. He led an amazing life, but he died when I was three. I still remember my "great-papa", but I learned about the tremendous contributions he made in his lifetime from secondary sources.

No translator necessary. ;)

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