Heroine Interview from Second Chance Dad by Roxanne Rustand

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This week I’m hosting Roxanne Rustand with Second Chance Dad, Margaret Brownley with A Vision of Lucy, and Carolyn Williford with Bridge to a Distant Star. If you want to enter the drawings, please leave a comment on one of the post during the week with your email address. I will not enter you without an email address (my way to contact you if you win). If you don’t want to leave an email address, another way you can enter is to email me at margaretdaley@gmail.com. The drawings end Sunday (June 12th) evening.

Heroine Interview from Second Chance Dad by Roxanne Rustand:

1. Sophie Alexander, tell me the most interesting thing about you.

I’m a widow, and I went back to school to earn a degree in physical therapy.  I just graduated this past spring. My young son and I live in a beautiful, scenic area, but there are few careers that pay well in such a small town, so I chose a medical field.  It was important to find a career that could help me stay in my hometown, because Eli has a stable life here with good teachers and grandparents nearby.

2.  What do you do for fun?

Now that I’m done with the long commutes and long study hours, my best times are those hours I can spend with Eli, just doing silly, crazy things that make him laugh.  There has been far too little fun in his young life, after losing his dad and my long hours of school.

3.  What do you put off doing because you dread it?

Yard work–because working out in the yard reminds me of all the dreams my late husband had.  He wanted to build a playground for Eli, and have pretty flower beds for me to enjoy.  He even wanted a pond with ducks, but none of that came to be.  His dreams were lost the day he died, because school, working and being a single parent has taken up every moment of my life.

4.  What are you afraid of most in life?

I’m afraid that I will fail to be the best mom I can be, and that Eli will miss out on reaching his greatest potential because I’ve failed him in some way.  Eli is extremely bright, but he also has Asperger’s, and I worry about his future.

5.  What do you want out of life?

I want to be a successful parent, and to be successful with my patients.  I want to be able to provide well for my son.

7.  Do you read books? If so, what is your favorite type of book?

I’ve been reading textbooks for the last few years.  I have a huge stack of  novels that I look forward to reading now that I don’t have to study into the wee hours every night!

8.  If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

I wish I could go back in time and be more understanding and patient in my relationships with my father and step-mother.  We’re all doing better now, but there were some rocky years after my mother passed away.

9.  Do you have a pet? If so, what is it and why that pet?

Just keeping a roof over our heads and food on the table has been a struggle during the past few years, but now that I’ve started my career and have a regular paycheck, I look forward to letting Eli have whatever pets he chooses–so long as he is responsible and able to take care of them!