When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a beautician.
What would you rather be doing right now? Taking a vacation.
Don't tell anyone that ... my sister-in-law and I share the same birthday (4 years apart), we were married the same day (seven years apart), our first sons were born the same day (3 years apart), and I had the same room and bed as she did when our sons were born.
Other than your wedding day and the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? When our 4-H youth presented and won awards, and when my second daughter was awarded the title of Illinois Pork Queen.
It really stinks when ... people say they are going to do something and don't follow through.
What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Volunteer.
I always laugh when ... our children presented themselves in peculiar situations.
Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My husband and my parents, if they were still with us.
At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... get me a cold beverage, usually iced tea, and relax in the recliner.
People who knew me in high school thought I was ... you'd have to ask them.
I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go back in time and bring my loved ones back.
If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... jump out of an airplane.
America should be more concerned about ... returning to the morals we were taught, believing in Jesus and treating everyone as you want to be treated.
I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... shoes.
When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... my email. I love catching up on what's going on with family and friends.
What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? If you're going to do something, do it right or don't do it at all. I learned that from my dear mother.
When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... country or religious music.
I always get sentimental when ... someone cries or if someone wins an award or gets something special that they deserve.
The older I get, the more I realize ... I could get along without a lot of the "stuff" I have.
If I had one "do-over," I would ... I don't know. I know I've made plenty mistakes in life, but one has to forget about them and go on.
My favorite item of clothing is ... probably my wedding dress, because my mother made it.
If I've learned anything at all ... life is too short to remain mad and not forgive someone who has wronged you.
Joan Tenhouse, 79, is a widow of 25 years and a retiree from John Wood Community College. She has four children and seven grandchildren, and she is looking forward to being a great-grandmother in January. The Golden area has always been her home. She graduated from Golden High School and attended Gem City Business College in Quincy. She married Glen Tenhouse in 1954.