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Your Turn/Penny Roberts

Posted: Feb. 3, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Feb. 3, 2018 11:50 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a teacher, but as I got older, I really wanted to be a "motivational speaker." How funny is that as a kid?

What would you rather be doing right now? Spending time with my whole family gathered in one place to marvel at how we have made it this far (without killing each other).

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I was born on Halloween, but I am a good witch. I promise.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Being able to be in the delivery room with many of my grandchildren when they were born. I didn't see much of my own. I was a little preoccupied, but with them, I was able to bask in the absolute miracle of life.

It really stinks when ... people are dishonest. Integrity is all we have in this world that someone cannot steal. Integrity and respect!

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Bubbly. I had a boss at Moorman's who couldn't understand how I could work and talk at the same time. Years later, he saw me and he said, "You were always so uh, uh, uh, bubbly." What can I say?

I always laugh when ... ever I can. Laughter and love are two of the most precious gifts we have. Even when you are having a bad day, a smile goes a long way.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Jesus, who is my savior and without Him, I am nothing. My mom, who died when she was 57. My niece Shelly. She was crazy, and we had so much fun. She died at 18, and if I could have one more, it would be my son Jeremy, who died as a baby.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... put my jammies on. It has to be jammie-thirty somewhere!

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... fun-loving but also chubby. Yep, gotta put chubby in there.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... definitely unforgettable. I worked at Quincy Newspapers Inc. and was asked to take the vice president of NBC to the airport. When he got in the car, lo and behold a bird had pooped (a lot) right in the middle of his window, which was quite obvious. Broke the ice for sure. We laughed all the way to the airport.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... be with my mom one more time.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... change who I am, at least I don't think so. It would be tough, but I think someone should give it to me and let me test out the theory.

America should be more concerned about ... the corrupt media. (Sorry, don't mean locally). I am devastated by the disrespect that is shown.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... fake fingernails. I can't go without them and would definitely store up on them if they were in a national shortage. I have told my kids when I die, I had better have pretty nails. Take heed Hansen-Spear.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... my work email. You never know when someone out there may need a membership. (I know how sad and unexciting is that).

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? My Dad told me once when I was at the very lowest part of my life, "Penny, who told you life was fair? You have to continue to be the best you can be and pull yourself up." Many times I have repeated to myself, nope, life is not fair, but it won't stop me.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... talk radio. I like music, but normally I am listening to talk radio (of course the right-winged hosts).

I always get sentimental when ... my grandbabies climb up on my lap and hold me when I am holding them.

The older I get, the more I realize ... life is so short and goes by so fast. Live, laugh and love is my mantra now, and do it quickly. I am not getting any younger.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... go back and enjoy my kids more instead of worrying all the time.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my work jackets because that is what I wear almost every day. It gives me advertising, and believe it or not, it works.

If I've learned anything at all ... Step back, do not judge others and be there for the ones you love. Whatever they are going through, just let them know my love is never-ending, and I will always be a safe place for them to land.

Penny Roberts, 66 (old but better than the alternative), is membership sales manager for AirMedCare Network. She has worked at Air Evac for almost 13 years, and it is truly a labor of love for her. She is the mother of three, grandmother of 10 and blessed beyond measure.