Your Turn/Molly Stroot

Posted: Feb. 16, 2019 10:40 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... an interior designer. I always had a lot of fun "decorating" and thought that would be cool to do for my career.

What would you rather be doing right now? Absolutely, 100 percent, hands-down, being with all of our kids anywhere.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I saw the Beatles when I was in the eighth-grade in St. Louis (old Busch Stadium). I literally screamed the entire time.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? My proudest moment is daily -- our children thriving, growing, being happy, enjoying life and following their dreams.

It really stinks when ... people judge others.

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

I always laugh when ... my kids start group chats or group texts. They are absolutely hilarious.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? I would invite my Dad (Elmo "Mac" McClain), my brother (Pat McClain) and my Mom (Marge McClain). I miss them so much and would love to see them again, talk with them and give them all big hugs.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... watch "Real Housewives."

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... fun!

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... President Barack Obama. And I got to shake his hand.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... be with my kids.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... stop appreciating the little things in life.

America should be more concerned about ... following the Golden Rule. We need to treat others like we want to be treated.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... candles.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... Facebook because I love to see what my friends are doing or what my former students are doing. It's a fun way to "catch up."

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "You can only do what you can do." Best piece of advice I heard. I was a stay-at-home Mom for 10 years and then went back to teaching. At a faculty meeting, I was quite overwhelmed with all the expectations, and I also wanted being a mom to be my No. 1 focus. Another teacher, Claire Goerlich, gave me that advice. It has stuck with me ever since.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... a mix of modern country music.

I always get sentimental when ... I see animals, especially dogs.

The older I get, the more I realize ... my health is so important. And also to appreciate the tiniest of things.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have moved somewhere else for a while. We always told our kids that it's a big, wide world out there, and go experience it. I wish I had taken my own advice.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my University of Illinois sweatshirt. Three of our four kids went to Illinois, and I am to proud of that! ILL.......INI!!

If I've learned anything at all ... I have learned to appreciate every moment with our children and look forward to the next time we get to see them.

Molly McClain Stroot, 66, is married to Jeff Stroot. They have four children: Sam and his wife, Isabel; Allison; Garrett and his wife, Michelle; and Hannah. Stroot retired from Quincy Public Schools (Madison School) and now teaches first-grade at St. Dominic School. She was born in Breese, Ill., but has been a Quincy resident since first-grade.