Dear Friends & Family,
I reviewed my “About” page and decided that I sounded utterly boring. So, I revised it! Enjoy!
In 1952, my parents bestowed upon me the birth name, “Margo,” but decades later, I changed the spelling to “Margot:” For the complete story, read the entry, “Vision,” in the Archives of this blog.
I am a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, and friend. I am also a “breast cancer patient,” a fact that connects me to one out of every eight women. In June 2014, I received the designation, “breast cancer survivor.”
Stephen and I have been married since 1973. It has been 43 “wonderful” years – but please — do not bother to ask me, for I never speak about those other years.
My Professor, also known as Mr. Romance, does not conform to the “Hallmark” calendar — but he does bring me surprise gifts, compliments, and breakfast in bed.
I humor My Professor by pretending to play the role of “Eliza Doolittle” to his “Henry Higgins.” However, in truth, he performs “Rumpole” to my “Hilda” [“She Who Must Be Obeyed”].
Our two greatest gifts have been our children: A son, Garrett [born 1979] and a daughter, Haley [born 1985]. In spite of our best efforts to “shake them off,” including moving away from their childhood home, they still managed to find our “empty nest.”
Haley, Daniel, and Benjamin: Christmas Day 2010
Haley married Daniel in 2006 and they are parents to Benjamin [born in 2009], Lucy [born in 2011], and Gwen [born in 2013]. I assure you that My Professor and I are not like those other “annoying grandparents.” We are, in fact, quite worse. From time to time, I will annoy my readers, by posting photographs and quotes about my grandchildren.
“Marmeee” with Benjamin [one-week old]
“Marmee” with Lucy [on her Baptismal Day, November 2011]
“Marmee” with Benjamin and Lucy: Thanksgiving Day 2011
“Marmee” with Lucy: Thanksgiving 2011
I have never successfully constructed a garment, created a prize-winning recipe, or designed a room in our home. However, I do construct, create, and design with words. I speak and write the Queen’s English but I am quite willing to employ the King’s, if necessary.
I enjoy all things classical, ancient, and sacred: spaces, gardens, architecture, music, books, art, and liturgy. “Dr. Adventure” and I relish the challenge of staying awake until nine o’clock every evening, while we read the works of British authors: among these are C. S. Lewis, J. R. R. Tolkien, Charles Dickens, Charlotte Bronte, and Jane Austen. We are collecting a library of British authors and BBC “Masterpiece Theatre” films.
You might say that My Professor and I are true Anglophiles: We even went so far as to join an Anglican Church, St. Peter’s in Tallahassee, Florida!
For fitness, my Professor & I enjoy Taoist Tai Chi, strength training, walking, and swimming laps. I swim faster than my husband to ensure that he will, after all these years, continue to chase after me. Someday, I hope to return to Ballet and Pilates.
My indoor interests include calligraphy, reading, writing memoirs, and recording family histories. However, I complete my domestic chores before pursuing other more stimulating hobbies. Always. Of course.