Name: Gail A. Hanson
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Occupation: I evaluate training / motivation materials.
Where did you come from? Born and raised in Southern California.
A Fear: Never accomplishing something of significance. Leaving my boys without a legacy they can be proud of and not being remembered.
A Goal: Write a book. I’ve started more than once. If only I could finish.
A Memory: One of my favorite memories of childhood is riding my lavender bike with the white basket to the library. Filling that basket with books for the week and then riding to the grocery store for ice cream or candy. This is what summer looks like. Even though every trip was a little different I remember them all as one collective snapshot. And, I’m always smiling and happy with the sun beating down.
A Mistake: I will always regret not finishing college.
A Hero: My older sister for making the raising of children look easy even when it was hard. Single mothers never get enough credit for what they do.
A Fault: I think I know everything and therefore I am always right. I do not and I am not. (Don’t tell my husband I admitted that.)
A Talent: I can crochet.
A Prized Possession: An old broken manual typewriter that belonged to my father. Once it was my dream to use it to write my novel. It reminds me of how he believed I could do anything. I still long to have it repaired.
A Need: Patience.
I want more: Time and energy to enjoy life with my family and friends. The introvert in me is always searching for quiet places but I also want the boisterous moments with those I love.
I want less: Stress and worry.
What would you change about the world? I would change the prevalence of prejudice; eliminate the hate crimes that accompany racism. Bring about justice for the marginalized. Recent years have shown too many instances of injustice. I worry for my boys and what the next generation faces.
What do you love about yourself? Such a tough question … I love my sense of humor. The moments when I can feel light in laughter. It doesn’t happen nearly as much as I would like but still I feel my best at those times.