Late to the game

January 8, 2009 | 14 comments

I’ve never been very good at tag.

At family reunions, I was the cousin who was usually “it.” At elementary-school recess, I found myself desperately “frozen” during games of Freeze Tag.

So, it’s no surprise that the slowpoke is just now participating in this game of virtual tag, where the one who is “it” lists seven random facts about herself then tags seven others.

I was first tagged by Sarah Lopez a few weeks ago. And in recent days, I’ve been tagged by Billy Coffey, Chris Godfredsen and Carol.

Now here I sit: Mrs. It.

The rules of the game go like this: Share seven random facts about yourself, and then tag seven other unsuspecting victims, er, I mean, friends.

Life has been pretty heavy lately, so I appreciated the invitation to join in this light-hearted game of tag.

Here are my Random Seven:

1 — Despite the fact that I’m not athletically inclined (you heard how I fared at childhood games of tag), I joined the boy’s baseball team in the sixth grade. Our little town didn’t have enough girls to fill a softball roster. So, to my little brother’s horror, I joined his baseball team. During one game, the opposing team’s pitcher (on whom I had a hopeless crush) left me in tears when his fastball slammed into my scrawny arm.

2 — I had the biggest ’80s hair in a tri-county area. Check out those bangs, girls. And remember the acid-wash jeans?

You fellas might not know this, but it’s true: Eighties hair is an art form. To complete the look, only two tools are required: a sturdy comb and an aerosol can of AquaNet. With this hairdo, I could could have deflected oncoming fastballs during my baseball days.

3 — I was a sorority girl. I have three greek letters on my right ankle to prove it. I know what you’re thinking. And the answer is NO. No, it was not a hazing ritual. And no, I was not intoxicated. This was a premeditated act.

4 — I’m left-handed and come from a family where four of the six of us are left-handed. I married a left-handed man and we have two left-handed girls.

5 — I can make great sushi rolls, but fail every time at homemade sugar cookies.

6 — I earned a minor in Portuguese in college. I find it the most romantic language in the world, but can hardly speak a lick of it today.

7 — I have lived in the depth of doubt. For most of my 20s, I would go weeks without giving God so much as a thought. My belief that my childhood faith was a farce frightened me. Ashamed of my doubts, I kept my disbelief a secret.

Now a believer, I still have lots of questions. When those questions come, I write them on slips of paper then tuck them in a folder marked “Mystery File,” which sits on my desk. When I show up in Heaven one day — the day my faith becomes sight — I plan to lay my Mystery File before God, and at last have all my questions answered.

But The Answer Man didn’t make me wait to find out the most important Truth. Today, God is my constant companion — as close as my heartbeat.

On a sidenote, I used to think my doubts were character flaws. But now I know that God uses our questions and our doubts to drive us deeper into our search for Truth. He reaches down to us in times of deepest doubt to strengthen our faith — even when our faith is as small as a mustard seed.

He did that for me. He still does….

I won’t tag any others at this point. A few of the friends I would have tagged have already played. Besides, I’m plumb worn out from this little game of tag.


by | January 8, 2009 | 14 comments


  1. Sherri Watt

    I remember the 80’s hair and AquaNet. My hair would be so stiff that my head would move without my hair. LOL

    Thanks for the chuckle!

    God Bless!

  2. Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi)

    Hey girl, I still love big hair!!! Better late than never, it added some funnies to my morning!

  3. Sara

    Great thoughts, Jennifer, and I love the senior pic. I can relate to the big hair phase. I actually torched my hair by accidentally leaning too far into a candle while sitting down at a table. Then the jukebox played “Ring of Fire.” I’m so thankful I was introduced to your blog! I will stay tuned.

  4. Rick D.

    Sheesh! I was going to tag you — glad I popped in first. Number 7 was no surprise, though 🙂

    With you in prayer…and in laughter!

  5. Carol

    Hey Girl, You are still as beautiful as the 80’s without the big bangs and all the hairspray. I graduated in the 70s….stick straight hair, then went the big hair route in the 80s and we are back to straighter times again! What will be the next trend? It was so nice to hug on you at school today. It is nice to get a chuckle in this heavy time you are going through. Keep smiling through the rain! Love you, Carol

  6. Living and Baking in Boise

    I love the hair! Somehow I missed that trend. My hair in highschool was the Farrah Fawcett style and I hated fussing with it. Still do, in fact. Just a simple girl, I guess. Blessings!

    (Really I should probably get one of those OpenIDs)

  7. Billy Coffey

    Wow. I once had a girlfriend who nearly put my eye out with hair like that. Prediction: those acid jeans will be back in style soon.

    Love the idea of a Mystery File. Mine is mental, but I really should write it down somewhere. It would be very, very thick.

    Prayers and blessings to you and your family.

  8. Lori

    Love the eighties hair. I still do a modified version for myself. This game is great. Who are you going to tag. I just Billy Coffey’s tagged list.
    I love the mystery file idea.
    Have a great day!

  9. Freedom in the Dance

    Oh, how you took me back to my eighties hair and Aqua-Net!!! Except that I got the Peter Frampton fro goin’!
    I had the cords, tho!
    Life was so different then…we thought we knew everything, but knew absolutely nothing~
    My husband married me, I think, cuz of the tight cords and big hair sooooo long ago!
    Good to see you lightening up and laughing…Praise Him for laughter!
    Have a marvelous Friday!!!

  10. Michelle

    Haha… my favorite part of all was your 80’s hair! Did you use a comb or a “pick” to do that? Oh, where would this world be without AquaNet…

    I love the idea of your “Mystery File”. And lawsie mercy… I LOVE sushi rolls.


  11. lynnrush

    LOVE the hair. Oh, and WOW on the many left handers….never heard anything like that before. That’s crazy.

    Great post.

  12. girlforgod

    You Are My Twin, LOL!!
    But I don’t eat Susi

  13. Darlene

    so glad to know! and… nice hair, girlfriend.

  14. Gina C

    Love the hair, but I could have been a contender! And love the mystery file!

    Welcome to Writer…Interrupted!


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