Your Turn with ... Karen Eaton

Posted: Nov. 23, 2012 11:36 am Updated: Dec. 14, 2012 12:15 pm


When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a teacher. I had some good teachers and wanted to be like them.

What would you rather be doing right now? Traveling.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I have never driven any of my husband's street rods.

Other than your wedding day or the birth of your child, what was your proudest moment? When I received the "Those Who Excel" award as a principal from the State Board of Education.

It really stinks when ... people walk down the center of the traffic lane in parking lots and don't move.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Pleasant.

I always laugh when ... I listen to Jeff Foxworthy or watch a Tim Conway skit.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My dad, Lawrence Leenerts, to just hear his voice and introduce our son and grandchildren to him; Jesus, just to be in his presence; and Thomas Jefferson, to learn what they meant the U.S. Constitution to be.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... go out with my husband to eat.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... determined.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was with ... Lauren Bacall in an elevator in New York City.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go and see our grandchildren participate in sports and activities.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is still no way I would ... spend carelessly.

America should be more concerned about ... political correctness and religion in the schools. We should all be Americans, not two-word Americans. When religion was taken out of the schools, that's when discipline, etc., turned down.

I'm OK if there‘s ever a shortage of ... pens. I am always picking up or asking for free pens. The teacher in me.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... check my email to catch up on DIY, recipes, news and friends' jokes.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? My Grandpa Leenerts told me to trust in the Lord and give thanks.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... talk radio -- Rush or Fox News -- and NASCAR on Sirius.

I always get sentimental when ... our grandchildren do something special or when they say "I love you."

The older I get, the more I realize ... how blessed I am.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... change the design of my kitchen and family room.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my angel sweatshirt that my son, Brad, and his wife, Lori, gave me 15 years ago. I still get compliments when I wear it.

If I've learned anything at all ... treat people like you want them to treat you and forgive.


Karen Eaton, 72, is a retired educator and farm wife who grew up in the Golden area, lived on a farm near Augusta,v then moved to Quincy to retire. She has been married to her husband, Gary, for 51 years. They have one son, Brad, and three grandchildren -- Drew, Erika and Annie.


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