okay, I was tagged a while ago and was thinking about not doing it, but then I figured what the hey. Here are 7 facts about me. They are supposed to be interesting and weird I think, but I make no promises.
1. I was born at home. Not only that, it wasn’t a mistake. My mom didn’t run out of time to get me to the hospital, she planned to have me at home with midwifes all along. My grandmother (my mom’s mom) actually came down for the birth and left town before I was born because she found out the plan. On a side note, nothing terrible happened and I found out years later that one of my best friends all through elementary and high school had the same midwifes present when she was born.
2. My name is Avis Wampler. I can’t think of a more weird and interesting fact about myself. And luckily, I have never been teased about either of them even though they called my grandmother (my dad’s mom) Wamp when she worked at a hospital as a nurse.
3. My mother is 100% Puerto Rican. She was born in New York, but immediately moved to Central America for the next 8 years and then moved to Virginia. The strange thing is that if you see me and the porcelain whiteness of my skin, you may never think we were related. We are pretty good at pretending to not be mother and daughter when we think it’s appropriate.
4. When I graduated from high school, my parents gave me the money to go on a trip with my best friend to Israel. We traveled for a month all around the country by ourselves. Her family is originally from the Golan Heights and we stayed with many of her family and friends. It was the first time I was really on my own and it was amazing.
5. I have a really loud laugh and I laugh a lot. I have been told by some that it is loud and obnoxious, but I have also been told that it is infectious and my signature.
6. I am a vegan and I hate grilled food. The two aren’t really related. I don’t hate grilled food just because I don’t eat meat, there are many wonderful vegetables that can be grilled, but I just don’t like them. I know, it sounds crazy, un-American even, but it’s true. I just can’t stand food cooked on a grill. With maybe the exception of corn.
7. And to speak to a more timely issue, I like paying taxes. There, I said it. In this recent election cycle, just like many before it, taxes has become this dirty word that you cannot be in favor of and still be a viable candidate for anything. I think that taxes are our civic duty and I enjoy the benefits that I receive from them and I would be willing to pay more to get more. Now I do understand that the tax system may be a little broken and we should continually work so make it fair for everyone, but I think the general concept of us all pitching in together is a great idea and I support it.