Your Turn

Your Turn/Susan Berti

Posted: Oct. 14, 2017 8:50 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a teacher like my aunt. She was so inspirational, and I pursued that goal, teaching for 32 years.

What would you rather be doing right now? Right now I'd rather be traveling.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I would make a very good hermit, especially in winter.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? One of my proudest moments was being nominated and training to be a Hero of Hope for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life in 2013.

It really stinks when ... people don't treat others the way they want to be treated.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? I'm told that word would be energetic.

I always laugh when ... my 3-year-old granddaughter involves me in her pretend play with very specific instructions.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? John F. Kennedy because I always admired him as a leader, Amelia Earhart because she was such a strong woman pioneering in a man's field and Sheryl Sandberg because I'm so impressed by the way she handles herself, and I think I could learn a lot from her.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... have some quiet time, sometimes getting fresh air, sometimes reading and sometimes vegging in front of the TV.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... a geek.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I was in the gallery in Washington, D.C., in 1983 and got to see John Glenn on the floor of the Senate. I remember watching his epic journey in 1962 as he became the first American to orbit the Earth, circling it three times. It was a rush.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... try something I've always wanted to do but never had the opportunity.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... give up my family.

America should be more concerned about ... the disappearance of the middle class due to income inequality.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... reading material. I think it's a teacher thing.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Google to do my information searches and Facebook to see how family and friends are doing.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? My mother told me, "It's the little things in life that make a difference." I still live by that advice.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... music from the '60s and '70s.

I always get sentimental when ... I think of how many people I've lost in my lifetime and what an important role they played in making me the person I am.

The older I get, the more I realize ... how precious time spent with loved ones is.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... stop "to smell the roses" more frequently.

My favorite item of clothing is ... a baggy old "hand-me-up" (an item that belonged to my son) that I wear to be warm and comfy at home in the winter.

If I've learned anything at all ... make the most of what you have rather than always wishing for more.

Susan Berti, 65, is a retired educator now working for the Palmyra (Mo.) Chamber of Commerce. She has two children and three grandchildren.

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