Herald-Whig

Your Turn/Judy Hays

Posted: Jan. 26, 2020 12:01 am

With JUDY HAYS

When I was a kid, I wanted to be ... a teacher. I enjoyed playing "school" and the idea of telling people what to do. (I realize now it's not that easy!)

What would you rather be doing right now? Working in the yard, planting and weeding flowers. (My grandma was right -- digging in the dirt is the best therapy.) I enjoy being outside, and although it sounds cliche, I really love nothing more than seeing a beautiful sunrise or sunset.

Shhhhhh! Don't tell anyone that ... I love riding my V-Rod. It's my favorite bike, but I haven't made the time to ride it for way too long.

Other than your wedding day and/or the birth of your children, what was your proudest moment? Earning my associate's degree, then bachelor's degree, then MBA. I'm a late bloomer, so I earned them as a working adult.

It really stinks when ... people refuse to listen to someone else's point of view -- even though they make others listen to their opinion.

What word in the dictionary would your face be next to? Joyful. (I hope.)

I always laugh when ... I'm around my great-nieces and nephews. They are so smart and entertaining. (Of course, my nieces and nephews are too!).

Invite any three people, living or dead, to dinner. Who are they? My mom and dad. Since they passed away, I have had so many questions I'd like to ask. And my sister, Jane, since she's a great note-taker and could document the discussion.

At the end of a really long day at work, I like to ... sit with a cat on my lap, debriefing the day with Bob.

People who knew me in high school thought I was ... most friendly. (That's what the yearbook says).

My most unforgettable brush with greatness was ... I met Chuck Norris and Tex Cobb when participating in a karate tournament in Akron, Ohio.

I would drop all my plans tonight if I had the chance to ... visit New York City again. And, actually, if any of my great-nieces or nephews called to do anything, I'd have a hard time turning them down.

If someone gave me a million dollars, there is STILL no way I would ... bungee jump. It hurts my back just thinking about it.

America should be more concerned about ... instilling morals. Our nation was founded as a republic. As our moral fiber deteriorates, so does our country.

I'm OK if there's ever a national shortage of ... hostas. I keep splitting them, and they keep spreading.

When I'm on the Internet, I always go to ... Facebook to see what nieces/nephews are doing and to check on my Emmaus group. If I have time, I scroll through and see what my friends have posted.

What is the most useful piece of advice you have ever received? You determine your attitude -- you can decide to have a good day or bad one. Whatever you decide is likely to transpire. (Back when it was common to say "have a good day," my dad always responded "if I don't, it's probably my own fault.")

When I'm cruising down the road, I'm likely listening to ... 88.5/the Mix, or simply enjoying some peace and quiet.

I always get sentimental when ... I think about family and friends who have passed away.

The older I get, the more I realize ... the importance of being intentional. Life goes fast. It's strange to look back and realize how much time has passed and how little time is actually left to make a positive impact.

If I had one "do-over," I would ... have trusted God more, listening for His direction. He's the only one who can always get it right.

My favorite item of clothing is ... pajamas. There is nothing better than a "jammie day" -- piddling around the house with no need to actually get dressed. I just don't get them often enough.

If I've learned anything at all ... life is about relationships. We all need a support system, and we, in turn, need to encourage others.

Judy Hays is director of business development and marketing for Denman Services Inc. -- working with Adaptive Mobility Systems, Denman's Biomedical Services, Denman Linen Service, Denman Medical Equipment and Supply, Hannibal Medical Supplies, Illini Health Services and Macomb Medical Equipment and Supply. Hays grew up on a farm in Ursa, Ill., and has lived her adult life in Quincy. She is married to Bob, a Realtor for Century 21 Broughton Team.