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Your Turn/Monica Hinkamper

Posted: Apr. 7, 2019 12:20 am

With Monica Hinkamper

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a professional tennis player. I love the game and all it represents -- and that it is a "game for a lifetime!"

What would you rather be doing right now? Vacationing with family, beachside, and having access to a terrific fitness facility, bikes, mini golf courses and fresh seafood.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I received both Academic All-American, as well as Athletic All-American honors, as a collegiate student and tennis player at SIU-E.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Attending our daughter and son-in-law's medical school graduation and our son's MBA graduation.

It really stinks when ... people do not take responsibility for their actions.

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

I always laugh when ... family gets together and the reminiscing commences. No matter how often some stories are told, they become more animated and hilarious.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My dad (a good listener), my Grandpa Bernie Kemner (a terrific carpenter and my favorite tennis supporter) and brother-in-law John Renaud, who had an awesome sense of humor (all deceased). I miss them, and it would be great to catch up and share laughter again.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... be at home enjoying a meal and time with my husband.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... friendly, nonjudgmental, yet quiet and a good athlete.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Fred Stolle and Tracy Austin (former professional tennis players). I had the pleasure of instructing a tennis clinic with them at a professional tennis tournament in Indianapolis.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... hop a flight with family anywhere warm, sunny, peaceful and fun!

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... spend it frivolously. I'd share a good portion of it with family and others that may need a "nudge forward."

America should be more concerned about ... the dishonesty, deception and lack of direction from our political leaders (many are self-serving) and the absolute disrespect for others, especially regarding the sanctity of life.

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

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Dynamic Catholic, Daily Word and Guideposts. The prayers, articles and message for the day are always uplifting and timely.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "Listen much and speak little, as you will appreciate and learn more from others." (from my deceased uncle, Fr. Greg Kemner, OFM) "Stay true to yourself, and listen to the still, small voice within ... that is the Holy Spirit guiding you." (from my deceased uncle, Fr. Kieran Kemner, OFM)

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... WGCA, the Highway (country), '70s or '80s music.

I always get sentimental when ... I witness someone in need of help -- physically, spiritually and/or financially.

The older I get, the more I realize ... life is short, to hold fast to my relationships with family and friends and to always remain grateful.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... No do-overs. I strive to do the best of my ability, to live in the moment and to fulfill my God-given blessings.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my athletic/comfortable clothing.

If I've learned anything at all ... Cherish relationships, and don't put off until tomorrow what can be accomplished today.

Monica (Briddle) Hinkamper, 54, is manager/director of tennis and pickleball for the Quincy Racquet Club. She is married to Ric, and they have two adult children, Dr. Ashley and her husband, Dr. Peter Dietrich, and Ian. She was born and raised in Quincy, and a few years after college, she moved back to Quincy.