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On Tue, 15 Mar 16 19:54:33 UTC Elizabeth Diane Shaffer (0) answered the Proust Questionnaire (click on a question to read other answers):

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
To be separated from my parents and brothers
Where would you like to live?
On a farm like the one I would have grown up on
What is your idea of earthly happiness?
To live, to breathe, to dream, to be healthy and whole
To what faults do you feel most indulgent?
I feel insecure about my physical handicaps
Who are your favorite heroes of fiction?
I never had the chance to indulge in fiction.
Who are your favorite characters in history?
Einstein who did not read until age 3, Franklin Roosevelt who suffered from polio, & Helen Keller who was deaf, blind, and mute
Who are your favorite heroines in real life?
Any female who beats the odds and surmounts any physical/mental handicap
Who are your favorite heroines of fiction?
I never had the chance to indulge in fiction, but if I had, any heroine who clears obstacles and overcomes.
Your favorite painter?
Monet's paintings are quite soothing if I had viewed his paintings, but Picasso saw people in a way others did not.
Your favorite musician?
My mother singing me to sleep.
The quality you most admire in a man?
Quiet strength like my father possesses.
The quality you most admire in a woman?
Gentleness and one who wears her heart for the world to see like my mother does.
Your favorite virtue?
Humility and the ability to live and appreciate the present moment.
Your favorite occupation?
Readers, dreamers, and writers
Who would you have liked to be?
I would have liked to have been healthy and whole and lived a long life.
Your most marked characteristic?
I possessed an open spinal canal which created a hole on my back and sac of fluid which covered this hole, by legs were paralyzed, my hips were broken, and fluid collected in my head.
What do you most value in your friends?
Their sweet remembrances and love for me even though I am no longer alive.
What is your principle defect?
The bones of my spine did not form around my spinal chord, fluid leaked out a hole in my back, I was paralyzed, and hydrocephalus occurred.
What to your mind would be the greatest of misfortunes?
Never to have lived a productive life nor to have grown up with my brothers.
What would you like to be?
a whole, healthy, and vibrant woman
What is your favorite color?
Garnet...my birthstone.
What is your favorite flower?
Carnation--my birth flower, which is for remembrance, but also Snowdrops because they symbolize the hope of a new life.
What is your favorite bird?
The blue bird symbolizes happiness.
Who are your favorite prose writers?
I could only enjoy children's books; so, any children's author.
Who are your favorite poets?
Any children's poet--probably Shel Silverstein would be my favorite.
Who are your heroes in real life?
Doctors and researchers who have found ways to treat newborns with Spina Bifida--as well as physical therapists and occupational therapists who work with handicapped children.
Who are your favorite heroines of history?
Any female who beats the odds and surmounts any physical/mental handicap
What are your favorite names?
The names of my brothers.
What is it you most dislike?
Disease and doctors who won't treat sick patients.
What historical figures do you most despise?
Those world leaders who despised and exterminate handicapped individuals.
What natural gift would you most like to possess?
The ability to walk and talk.
How would you like to die?
I died suffering... I wouldn't wish that on anyone.
What is your present state of mind?
I am free from all pain and paralysis.
What is your motto?
“I look out onto this world I'm in and hope that one day all people will be accepted and valued as they are.” ― TinaJ. Richardson

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