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Your Turn/Sarah Grawe

Posted: Jan. 21, 2018 12:01 am

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a teacher or a nurse. I soon realized I couldn't handle some smells, so nursing was out!

What would you rather be doing right now? Sitting somewhere with a breathtaking view -- ocean or mountains -- and a glass of wine (or margarita depending on location).

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I am terrified of the dentist to the point where I usually ask for laughing gas even to fill a cavity.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? The day my son graduated from boot camp in Fort Jackson, S.C, in May 2017. He went in as my little boy and graduated a man. So incredibly proud of him.

It really stinks when ... people disrespect the national anthem or American flag.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Social. I can walk into any place in Quincy, and I know at least one person there. (Generally I know a handful of people wherever I go.)

I always laugh when ... I watch Melissa McCarthy. She is a comedy genius.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My Aunt ML (just to have one more conversation with her; She passed in January 2007); Garth Brooks (because I adore him, and he could sing to me) and my son, Jake (he is stationed in Colorado, and I really miss him!). And I think all four of us would have an amazing time at dinner!

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... get in my comfy clothes and cuddle with Lucy and my dog Gus.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... fun, social. I never met a party I didn't like.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... David Lee Roth. I stayed at the same hotel as him when I was a kid and almost got on his elevator until his bodyguard blocked my brother and I.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... see my son Jake, who is stationed in Fort Carson, Colo.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... Is that before or after taxes? Because a million dollars is a lot of money.

America should be more concerned about ... the way we treat our veterans. I have the utmost respect for those who have served this great nation. They have sacrificed so much, and we owe them all we have.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... QHS Blue Devil apparel or TJ Maxx tote bags.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Facebook. It's very addicting.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "Never argue with an idiot. They'll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience." I believe that was a quote from Mark Twain and very true.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... recently it's been "The Greatest Showman" soundtrack. So, so good.

I always get sentimental when ... my son leaves to go back to his duty station.

The older I get, the more I realize ... how important good shoes are.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... finish college.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my obnoxious shirt that says "Proud Army Mom of Pvt. Houston" (in gold foil lettering). He hated it, but I am a proud Army mom!

If I've learned anything at all ... it's to tell your kids you love them and that you are proud of them. They grow up so fast, and you don't get do-overs as they get older.

Sarah Grawe, 42, was born and Quincy and has lived in Quincy all of her life except for one year in Schaumburg. She's married to Tony and has two children -- Jake, 19, and Lucy, 7 -- and her dog, Gus. She's worked as a secretary for Quincy Public Schools for the last 14 years (except for a year at Payson Junior High/High School) and is the QPS music secretary at Quincy High School.