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Your Turn/Mellissa Douglas

Posted: Jan. 5, 2020 12:10 am

With MELLISSA DOUGLAS

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a lot of things. As a kid, I was always told I could do anything with a little hard work and determination.

What would you rather be doing right now? Shopping, of course.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I am body-paralyzing scared of mice.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Graduating college. I was a first generation in my family to attend and graduate.

It really stinks when ... people are judgmental -- the cover of the book does not give you the full story. When people are inconsiderate. "Thank you" takes less than one second to say. When people are tardy -- it's better to be early than to be late. And last one, I promise, when people are chewing loudly. I am sure the food is good, but I don't need to hear it.

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

I always laugh when ... my son plays "Just Dance." Watching his moves and his face gets me laughing which gets him laughing. There is nothing better than a kid's genuine laugh.

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My mother, because we have never met. My Granny, because there are so many stories she told me as a kid I would truly appreciate now as an adult. My son, so he could meet them both.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... go home, put on my comfy clothes and watch Food Network or HGTV.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... athletic.

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... While I was in college, the Rams had just moved back to St. Louis. I was approached and asked on a date by Jerome Bettis. Little did I know who he was at the time. I quickly became a Rams fan.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... spend one-on-one quality time with my dad. He is such a huge part of my life, and I don't get much 1:1 time with him.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... become a Cubs fan.

America should be more concerned about ... being kind to one another. It does not cost anything to be kind. We should be concerned about our teachers, our schools and the education of our youth.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... shoes. I love shopping, and I love shoes.

When I'm on the internet, I always go to ... recipes and meal planning. With a busy schedule, it is important for me and my son to sit at the table and eat our meals together. In order for this to happen, we must plan.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? My aunt always told me the sun will always rise and set tomorrow. No matter how bad your day is, you get up and try again tomorrow. And also that prayer changes things.

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... an energetic 8-year-old telling me about his day or asking a million questions.

I always get sentimental when ... I am volunteering in our community. One of my favorite quotes is "the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in serving others" from Gandhi.

The older I get, the more I realize ... how blessed I have been.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... not "do over" anything. I believe you go through things in your life to learn and grow from them.

My favorite item of clothing is ... any of my St. Louis Cardinal T-shirts. As a Cardinal fan, you can never have too much Cardinal gear.

If I've learned anything at all ... Do the best you can until you know better, then when you know better, do better. Count your blessings, and use your time wisely. Life goes by so fast.

Mellissa Douglas, 44, is pricing manager at Phibro Animal Health. She grew up in Quincy, moved to St. Louis for college and stayed for 16 years before returning home to Quincy in 2009. She serves on the United Way of Adams County Board of Directors. Douglas is the proud mother of one son, Parker.