Your Turn

Your Turn/Rachel Hansen

Posted: Dec. 24, 2017 12:01 am Updated: Dec. 26, 2017 8:10 am

WITH RACHEL HANSEN

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a lawyer because I read a book about Sandra Day O'Connor being named the first female Supreme Court justice and I was very intrigued.

What would you rather be doing right now? Reading a book on the beach.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... my personal hero is Dolly Parton.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Passing the bar exam.

It really stinks when ... people drive slowly.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Caring (according to my kids).

I always laugh when ... I get to be with my extended family for holidays.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My three grandparents who have passed away -- Harlie and Ginny Price and Ruby Wilhelm. I miss them so much and would love to see them again.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... have a drink and watch Leah Remini destroy Scientology.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... fun and easygoing.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I met Gene Stallings, former Alabama football coach, at a book signing in St. Louis in 1996 and got to give him a hug.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... go on a trip to just about anywhere. I love to travel and have new experiences.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... root for the University of Kentucky or Auburn in any athletic event.

America should be more concerned about ... lack of manners. We need to teach our kids to hold doors open, say please and thank you and make eye contact and speak when spoken to.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... lip gloss.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... check my email accounts. I have one from each of my employers, so I get a lot of messages.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Write a thank you note whenever someone gives you a gift or extends a kindness. My mother always insisted we do that, and now I make my kids do it too.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... Prime Country on Sirius XM.

I always get sentimental when ... I look at baby pictures of my kids.

The older I get, the more I realize ... I'm getting old and time flies.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... I'm not sure I would change anything. I think everything happens for a reason, and I wouldn't be here without the choices of the past.

My favorite item of clothing is ... my "Have a Holly Dolly Christmas" sweatshirt, which I will be getting out for the holidays. (See earlier answer about my personal hero.)

If I've learned anything at all ... it's that not everyone deserves a trophy.

Rachel Hansen, 43, is married and has two kids -- Clay, 14, and Avery, 11. She was born in Huntsville, Ala., and grew up in Louisville, Ky. Hansen is an attorney and teaches business and criminal law courses to undergraduate and graduate-level students at Quincy University, John Wood Community College, University of Louisville and Oklahoma State University. She volunteers in the Quincy Public Schools and is president of the Quincy Public Schools Foundation.

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