My first big concert (age 7) was Willie Nelson; my second (age 12) was Bob Dylan, and I pride myself on my ability to make wicked mix CDs à la 1993. When I'm not aggressively Googling panda videos, I am asserting the inherent superiority of South Dakota over North Dakota (Naturally.)
For sure I was that kid who was STOKED for the first day of school every year. Ultimately, this explains a lot. I was raised by a single dad, who was also a teacher. This definitely instilled in me a profound respect for education/educators and shaped my view of who the "good guys" are.
I am idealistic and trusting, almost to a fault. Predictably, I have a huge soft spot for bleeding hearts. I'm a proud education activist and the quintessential Midwestern girl (except for my penchant for caffeinated everything and fast walking).
I will always be a student. And probably an underpaid public servant of some kind. Cheers to paying things forward.