Your Turn

Your Turn/Wendy Harrington

Posted: Feb. 10, 2018 9:40 pm Updated: Feb. 10, 2018 10:52 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a veterinarian. Growing up showing horses, I always thought that I wanted to "work" on them. Then I decided I would rather just enjoy them and have another career.

What would you rather be doing right now? Enjoying the sun and relaxing in a tropical location.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I have a little OCD issue that I can't stand odd numbers. So the temperature in the car, the volume, home thermostat all have to be on even numbers. I know ... weird, but hey, it's me.

Other than the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Watching my children excel in their hobbies -- Taylor showing horses and Jared playing basketball. They make me proud!

It really stinks when ... I have to wait. I may be the most impatient person in the world.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Outgoing. I really have never met a stranger, and I absolutely love getting to know people.

I always laugh when ... I am with my family and friends. My two children are my world, and they can be very entertaining.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Ronald Reagan, George Strait (because he is the king) and my dad.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... take a long run in the country. Nothing clears the mind more than God's country.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... a country girl and horse crazy.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Sean Penn. We bonded as we went through airport security together -- with our shoes off.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... spend time with my kiddos.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is still no way I would ... stop eating ramen noodles. College kid for life.

America should be more concerned about ... the Golden Rule. If this was applied everywhere, what a different country we would have.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... horses. My daughter and I have a little horse problem.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Facebook and the news. I like to stay "educated."

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "It'll be all right," from my dad, my hero.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... everything. I listen to all music. I love to drive, and I love all types of music.

I always get sentimental when ... attending our annual church Christmas program. So many beautiful memories of my family and the reason for the season -- makes me cry every time!

The older I get, the more I realize ... every day is a gift. Spend it with the ones you love and doing something that makes a difference.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... realize there isn't a need for "do-over," because everything happens for a reason and is in God's will. We might not understand, but we have to trust.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my favorite pair of jeans, because a day in them means I am spending time with my family and friends doing what I love.

If I've learned anything at all ... love life, love others and trust God.


Wendy Harrington works at Hannibal Regional Hospital, where she is the CEO of the foundation and vice president of development. She loves her job and her team. Harrington has two children, Taylor and Jared, who always make her smile and laugh.

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