Your Turn

Your Turn/Greg Gilmore

Posted: Dec. 15, 2018 12:01 am Updated: Dec. 15, 2018 11:25 pm

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a professional basketball player -- laughable since I'm not even 5'11" and wasn't very good.

What would you rather be doing right now? Golfing (in a warmer climate).

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I constantly swing an imaginary golf club. Sometimes I don't even know I'm doing it. The thing I do know is it drives my wife insane.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Graduating pharmacy school.

It really stinks when ... (there's) inefficiency. I sometimes obsess over efficiency and being on time, even though most times it's not as big of a deal as I make it.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? GREGarious. It's true. I love people.

I always laugh when ... I get together with my parents, my siblings and their families at my parents' home in Paris. Oftentimes we laugh to tears. We still love getting together and can't do it often enough.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? Jesus, my mom and my dad. Jesus because I have so many questions for him. I feel like He could really clear a lot of things up for me. My parents because I feel like I never get to spend enough time with them. All three because there's probably a long list of things that I need to ask for forgiveness.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... sit down at the table and have supper and conversation with my family.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... maybe over-confident but ambitious and goal-oriented.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... not really a brush, but I got to see Michael Jordan play in real life. Even at a young age, I knew I was in the presence of greatness.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... vacation with my wife. We got to go away together recently without kids. It was like seeing each other again after a long time. It's hard to not always be in parent mode.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... live in a large city. I love small town life and the feel of a small community.

America should be more concerned about ... our health. (I'm not the best example myself, but I try from time to time.) I feel that, both individually and as a nation, we could achieve more if we lead healthier lifestyles. However, that might decrease the need for pharmacists, so ...

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... golf tees. They're everywhere except when I run out. They I buy more. Then they reappear.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... unfortunately, it's my email. I need to change that.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? Life is short. It flies by. Especially the time when your kids are little. Enjoy every day. I hear it all the time from my patients at the pharmacy. I try to tell myself that constantly, but that doesn't mix well with my answer to the question "it really stinks when" above.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... country music in the summer, talk radio in the winter or whatever my kids want to listen to when they're in the car.

I always get sentimental when ... I see my kids excel at something I taught them or have worked with them to improve.

The older I get, the more I realize ... everyone should sincerely apologize for their mistakes. People are very understanding as long as they know it wasn't intentional.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... do over the first year of college. It took me a while to realize that it wasn't going to be as easy as high school.

My favorite item of clothing is ... My grandmother gave me a tie of my grandfather's the first Christmas after he passed away. For a year I thought it was thrown away with the wrapping paper the day I got it. I couldn't find it anywhere. I was upset and embarrassed. Then over a year later, I opened a small pocket in my work bag, and there it was. I was overcome with emotion and relief. A few years ago, at my grandmother's funeral, all of the men in my family independently wore their "Raymond" ties. It was a small tribute, and I was very thankful to be a part of it.

If I've learned anything at all ... If we just take a moment and try to understand one another's reasonings for our actions, we usually can relate to where people are coming from. We're all just trying to find our way in the world. A little patience and empathy can go a long way with building relationships.

Gregory Yates Gilmore, 40, is a father, husband and pharmacist. Gilmore grew up in Paris, Mo., and graduated from St. Louis College of Pharmacy in 2001. He lives in Hannibal with his wife and two children, and he works at Grand Pharmacy in Hannibal. Gilmore loves to golf and hang out with family and friends.