Mrs. Blessing, the Fairy Gardener

Interview by America Cass

What is the craziest thing you’ve ever done?
Catch an alligator with my bare hands. Really? Oh yea, I’ve caught a couple, and played with them. Like duct tape their mouth shut and have them as a pet for a day. Why? Because I like reptiles and I am on the St. Johns River a lot and we have a boat and we’ll go out and sometimes we’ll see alligators, like under four foot, and I catch them and duct tape their mouth shut and then set them free the next day. My parents used to do that too. What do you do when you have them as a pet? Hold them, pet their sweet little adorable baby heads and walk around holding it in my hands like a lizard.

When do you feel the most positive?
When I am around people that I’m close to like friends, family, and we’re talking and hanging out and having fun and I’m able to talk about work and the fun things going on at work and my house. Fun things like that.

If you could live anywhere in the world where would you live?
I would maybe live in North Carolina, Tennessee, or somewhere in the woods. I love Tennessee! Have you been to Dollywood? I love it! I actually still have two stuffed animals that I bought from there, one of them I loved on so much that its hair all fell off.

What’s your favorite food?
That’s tough… I love all foods except for plain tomatoes. I love sushi, I love Mexican food. Sushi and Mexican food are my two favorites and good old southern home cooking by mama. Those are about it. When I say about it, I really mean I eat everything. It’s a struggle. But I hate tomatoes! Just plain tomatoes, I could eat salsa and I love ketchup but if you put a tomato on my sandwich or chop up tomatoes and say “here do you want one” I’m gonna like, projectile vomit. Fun!

“My mom and my dad… those are my real life heroes. I hope I can be 1/10 as good of a parent for my children as they were for their children.”

If you could switch lives with anyone for a day, who would you switch with?
Faith Hill. She’s married to Tim Mcgraw and they’re like an iconic country hot couple. They’ve been that way for like, forever. And, she’s gorgeous, and he’s hot and they’re rich and they’re famous. Do you want to be famous? No. It would be nice to be rich, but I don’t want to be famous.

Where do you see yourself in five years?
In five years, I am hoping to be a stay-at-home mom raising my brood of small, annoying, I mean, lovable, children. And maybe fairy gardening and selling them at the local markets and such because I make fairy gardens. Wait, I just realized that your kids’ rooms are going to be so cool! Of course.

Who are your heroes in real life?
My mom and my dad. I have seen them go through many trials and tribulations dealing with things ranging from addiction to cancer to Hepatitis C and for them to still be together, still love each other, and be the parents they could have been throughout my whole entire life, those are my real live heroes. I hope I can be 1/10 as good of a parent for my children as they were for their children.

What are your most/least favorite trends over the years?
Oh gosh. I don’t know. There’s so many. I mean, I’ve been a teacher for seven years now, seeing all the things that trend and don’t trend. You have to give me some examples. There’s scrunchies. Scrunchies are wonderful, for the reason that they don’t rip out your hair like every other hair tie but they do make me look like I’m a homeless woman. There’s the wavy brows. I don’t know, they’re weird but anything that’s negative I don’t like.

There’s a lot of trends where people will say things, and it’s trendy to say things that are mean to people like “go kill yourself.” I hate that. That’s an awful thing to say and I think it’s a super trendy thing to say within the last couple years. Anything that’s hurtful to others that is trending is bad. I do love the new trend is the way everybody dances. The new dance trends are so much better than when I was going to school because when I was going to school it was… not that. There was no individual dancing, it was, together dancing. Like swing dancing? No. I love swing dancing! Don’t get me wrong I took classes, but I’m not talking about that type of dancing. I’m talking about club dancing. And that was what was in when I was in school versus now. It’s still kind of in, but you guys are all into the cool like… things.

Jimmy Kimmel or Jimmy Fallon?
Jimmy Fallon. He’s the young, funny one. I don’t really watch either of them, but the one I see more is Jimmy Fallon.

What is something exciting that recently happened?
What was exciting was when I went for my husband’s birthday party a week ago and we went to the hard rock, we saw Joey Fatone! Who is that? NSYNC! ♪Bye, Bye, Bye♪ Oh! He was there and I was like, “OH MY GOD! OH, UH, LET ME TAKE A PICTURE! I got a picture and he was like right here and I was like “AH!”

What made you want to become a teacher?
I have worked with kids my entire life in my church and I really enjoy being around youth because they’re energetic, and they tell you how things are, and they make me feel young still. My main reason, though, was because I wanted to help kids. I wanted to be there, I wanted to be a voice that they could listen to and I could try and guide people to make better choices. I wanted to make a difference in the lives of students forever. Now that end part right there. THAT’S WHAT YOU USE!

Well that’s all I have. Was that thirteen minutes? Lord!

Ms. Blessing left me this sweet voicemail on my phone after our interview was over… enjoy!

Hey, if you can hear this, I want you to know, calamari is sometimes made from pig butts. EWW. What did you just say? (Evil laughter) Good luck hearing that!

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