Person of Interest
It is SSC's honor to introduce to you Christine Jessel Grider, who works in Business and Community Services. Christine has agreed to be our Person of Interest for October. Christine, thank you for sharing and helping us get to know you!
Q. What three items would you take with you on a deserted island?
A. A cruise ship, a private jet and a well-stocked bungalow.
Q. Who is your hero?
A. Strangers who practice random acts of kindness.
Q. What two radio stations do you listen to in the car the most?
A. I actually listen to my iTunes in the car because I like to sing along loudly and obnoxiously.
Q. Your favorite memory or childhood object you still have?
A. In the very first house I remember, in Parkersburg, Iowa, my dad planted four blue spruce trees in a row along a far fence line. The trees were small, maybe two and a half to three feet tall, and Dad nicknamed the first three in the line Huey, Dewey and Louie. There were four, though, so the last tree needed a name. That last tree’s top leader made a little corkscrew at the top, so dad called it “Screwy,” as much for rhyme as for its growth pattern. On summer evenings, dad would play a game with us: We would creep out to that tree line slowly, slowly, slowly, on the way to reach Huey, Dewey, Louie, or, when we were feeling brave, the furthest and most elusive, Screwy. At some random point in the game, dad would yell out “JABBERWOCK!,” and we would spin around and run back home, usually shrieking because hey, that’s really fun when you’re a little kid. There wasn’t really an objective (except to exhaust us, I’m sure), but it was one of my favorite games to play until we moved to Tennessee and left the blue spruces behind. Louie and Screwy are still standing, by the way, but Huey and Dewey didn’t make it. I check in every now and then on Google earth.
Q. Do you like or dislike surprises? Why or why not?
A. I love surprises, as long as they’re not the kind that jump out from behind a door (or climb out of the television screen, for that matter). Examples of the good kind of surprises: mail that comes in an envelope, wrapped presents, visits from friends, spur-of-the-moment trips. The not-so-good kind: Walking into a spider web – especially the ones with a giant spider in the middle, a curb or puddle where you didn’t expect it, ads for horror movies, and, of course, zombie apocalypse. No one wants a surprise zombie apocalypse. We’ve all seen what happens then.
Q. If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
A. My Mom's chicken soup.
Q. What is your favorite family holiday tradition?
A. The first year my husband and I were married we went to a Christmas party with a white elephant gift exchange and ended up with a cheap plastic toy Cadillac convertible with Santa and two reindeer wearing sunglasses wired on bobble springs inside. When you hit a button on the front, the car bounces up and down like it’s on hydraulics, green lights pulse on the running board, Santa and the reindeer shake back and forth and tiny speakers blast a tinny version of “LOW RIDER.” We aren’t sure how this started, but the rule in our house is that when the Cadillac is unpacked and on display for the holidays, if one of us hits the button, we both have to drop everything and dance like we mean it. It really helps with holiday stress management: You can’t be upset when you’re dancing.
Q. What you learned from a life changing lesson that had great impact on you and stays with you always?
A. Go easy on yourself. Tomorrow is tomorrow, the past is the past, and the best thing you can do with today is to learn from it. (I’m still working on this one).