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Your Turn/Gretchen Forsythe

Posted: Jul. 7, 2019 12:01 am


When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a nutritionist. I have always been fascinated by food's interaction with our bodies. Mom always said shortly after birth I asked what was for lunch.

What would you rather be doing right now? Reading a book.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I am financially very conservative.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Helping to save Jensen Woods Camp for the children and families of our communities.

It really stinks when ... I see waste. Waste of time, energy, money, people's abilities/talents or natural resources.

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

I always laugh when ... I watch "Big Bang."

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My parents, Ken and Lea Freeman, and my maternal grandfather, Warren Ellsworth Whites. These are the loving, hardworking, caring and generous people who shaped my life.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... curl up with a good book.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... friendly.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... Lyle and I were once walking by an elevator at a Las Vegas hotel when Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and two of their daughters walked off.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... travel anywhere with my husband.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... stop talking. The joke at our office was, when I wrote reports, I never used two words when 400 would do as well.

America should be more concerned about ... untreated mental health. All disease deserves professional care, and mental health issues should carry no stigma attached to seeking or receiving treatment. America loses when our citizens are not healthy and productive.

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

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... Google. Instant information saves time and energy.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Mom always taught my sister Keatra and I to handle difficult people by "killing them with kindness."

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... the news or country music.

I always get sentimental when ... I look at pictures of how the grandchildren have grown, much too fast.

The older I get, the more I realize ... every day is a precious gift.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... become a lawyer who represents the best interest of children.

My favorite item of clothing is ... a warm, snuggly bathrobe my Mom gave me.

If I've learned anything at all ... it is that the grace of God is showered on all, "red and yellow, black and white."

Gretchen Forsythe, 73, is a retired social worker who was raised on a dairy farm in Schuyler County near Rushville, Ill. She and her husband Lyle raised their children, Joe and Crystal, and have called Camp Point home since 1967.