Seven Things You Don’t Need To Know About Me

Answering A Meme

     I’ve been tagged both by S. Wyatt and Bookjewel to answer this meme!  Until now it has been a pretext to so many pleasant and even fascinating readings. I think it is worthwhile to know each other better in such an informal way, where we feel  totally free about the subjects we talk about, yet we choose them with the care that special readers deserve.

1.       My grand father was a Brazilian consul always moving from a country to another; thus my father – who is Portuguese –  found my mother living  in Spain;  as soon as they got married they emigrated to Rio de Janeiro, in Brazil, where I was born. While we lived on Bahía da Guanabara border, he used to take the plane, every Sunday night, to spend the whole week  working in S. Paulo. As soon as my mother would hear the plane roaring over the bay, she would quickly switch on and off the lights of the  living room and he could distinguish the twinkling spots of light as if she was waving at the terrace.

2.       My two favourite authors are: Hans Urs Von Balthasar, a Swiss theologian and Christian Bobin, a French Poet. I would recommend “Love alone is Believable” and “The Very Lowly“, respectively. My most unforgettable readings are those related to theology and poetry.

3.      As my next point is going to be long, I’ll make this one short: I’m very sorry, but I can’t ride a bike.

4.       Now I feel really embarrassed to explain this to my network: I created my class blog in September, so that my kids could participate in the blogging competition; then, I started talking with them, mainly in comments – as for the posts, the translations of Miss W.’s posts were perfect to keep them going – . However, I was confronted with the fact that I should sign my name with a previous “title”, and not just the “bare” name, as it is usual for students to address their adult teachers using a “title”.

But Portuguese students don’t say just “Miss Ines”; they use a slang word, a sort of nickname issued from the abbreviation of the “honorific title” we have been given after University. So, “stora” isn’t even a proper word in Portuguese, it literally means “Miss Doctor” which sounds totally silly and is never pronounced aloud. Me too, I have always called my teachers as “stor” and “stora”, it’s a very old “tradition”, I can’t figure out when it has started. Real doctors – I mean those people who have studied medicine – along with vets and some other professions are also called as “stores” even by grownups.

So, I started to sign “stora Ines” whenever I commented on young people’s blogs, and now both words represent my name on the Bringing Us Together front page. Thus I felt that I owned this explanation to our visitors and friends, as “stora” is not my name at all.

5.       Since my young days I deeply love the French language and I have been, as an amateur translator, to several youth international meetings in Fatima and in Paray-le-Monial, France, as well as to a youth world day in Paris. These are privileged moments where we always make new friends and nurture our common, invincible hope that all peoples, cultures and races will come together in peace.

6.        I’ll share three precious memories of travelling abroad: crossing the Holy Lake to reach the small town of Dunoon, in Scotland; watch the sun rise on the snowy peaks , at the French village of Saint Monêtier les Bains at the High Alps; sleeping under the stars in the fields of Umbria, near Assisi, in Italy.

7. I lived in South America, North America and Europe, in three countries and five different towns. But these were all by the sea, so my favourite walk remains to follow the coast line, in a calm or in a speedy pace. Unhapily, I can’t do it now, for I broke the external meniscus of my left knee. :(


I took so long to answer this meme, I’m afraid there is no one left to tag in all the blogosphere…but I’ll try:

 Mrs Cunningham, my young friends NadineMadalena, Cameron, my ex-students Duarte, Frederico, and Britt Watwood


9 thoughts on “Seven Things You Don’t Need To Know About Me

  1. they may be seven things that we don’t need to know, but they sure bring personality to a blog page. for the longest time i couldnt ride a bike, now i just cant rollerblade :)

    i love reading your unique posts, and ill be looking forward to the ones in the future.


  2. That must have been pretty cool experience living in three different countries. I have lived in the same country,state, and town for all my life. I think when I get older I might move to a different state, I don’t know about a new country though. Keep in touch.

  3. Thank you so much for the comment. It really made me feel good about all the blogging I’ve done lately. I guess when I blog I can really open up and write how I really feel. Sometimes there are things that you just can’t say but when you write them they seem to make more sense. I have been going deeper into my head to come up with these posts and I think I’m going to continue that because it seemsto be making the readers of my blog enjoy it more. Thanks again for the comment.

  4. 😀 thats really intresting…Especially how youve lived in so many places!

    But I have one question… You wrote a comment on my blog and wrote < swap? What does that mean?

  5. Wow Stora.
    I’M SURPRISED. It must be awesome in South America. I’d love to visit Chile, Mexico, and Argentina. Hope these memories are read by all.
    You created your class blog in the month of my birthday! 😀 YAY. It makes me feel glorious.
    Well. Thanks for the comment. I’ve missed commenting to everyone. Now I don’t much often because of High school. But I always send my love.

    Hugs from Australia,

  6. Wow! I find it amazing how you have lived in three different countries. It must be difficult to keep up with all three languages. I could never do it. 😉
    I hope moving wasn’t very hard. I can’t imagine moving, and leaving my friends behind. Also, living by the beach must me so peaceful. I would love to be able to walk up and down the coast every day.

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