Your Turn

Your Turn/Beth Forbes

Posted: Jul. 15, 2017 10:40 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a teacher, and I'm not sure why.

What would you rather be doing right now? Shopping for items to decorate our home and patio.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I sometimes get mad and yell at Pat Robertson while he is giving out his biblical opinion on the 700 Club.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? The birth of my child is and will always be my proudest moment. Maddie Maas is the very best miracle.

It really stinks when ... children have not had an opportunity to properly learn how to respect themselves, their peers and adults.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Friendly.

I always laugh when ... I think about some of the crazy things we did in high school and at college.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Connie Schroeder, Pam Shaffer and Barbara Hutmacher. These three incredible female leaders were amazing to work for and with. Every day I strive to be more like each of them.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... I don't really do anything special.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... I hope my classmates thought I was kind. Kindness is what matters. Popularity is overrated.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... meeting Mother Teresa during a school trip to Mexico. We crowded around her and had no idea how special this moment in our lives actually was. The photos have disappeared, so it is truly only a memory.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... head back to Sanibel Island with Kevin and our sweet Maddie. (Minus the no-see-um bugs. They were terrible.)

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... Wait a minute, I would do a lot for $1,000,000. Realistically, I bet most people would, too.

America should be more concerned about ... A conversation regarding politics is something I try to strongly avoid.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... green decorative balls. I love them, and they go with everything. Moss is my favorite.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... Facebook or Pinterest.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? "It's not our job to toughen our children up to face a cruel and heartless world. It's our job to raise children who will make the world a little less cruel and heartless." -- L.R. Knost.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Bob and Sherry in the morning.

I always get sentimental when ... I am shown photographs of forgotten childhood memories.

The older I get, the more I realize ... nothing is forever. We are in constant motion, and nothing stays the same. Time is a gift not to be taken for granted.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... not take it. Every struggle has made me who I am today, the beautiful and the terribly ugly. I do, however, wish I would have handled a few situations with more mature eyes.

My favorite item of clothing is ... I don't have one.

If I've learned anything at all ... There is a God, and the universe has a plan waiting for each of us. We can't control the plan. However, we can make wise and positive decisions to help ourselves and our loved ones along the way.

Elizabeth Irene Forbes, called Beth by everyone, 43, is Kevin Maas' wife and Maddie Maas' mom. She was born and raised in Quincy within three blocks of all her extended family, but she has had adventures all over the country.