A List of People, Living or Dead, I’d Like to Meet

Thank you to La Duchesse D’erat for her prompt for a list this week.


1. My Grandpa Eifert – My Grandpa died on my fourteenth Birthday. He had been in hospital quite a few weeks and they were preparing to move him into a senior’s home for assisted living. He smoked a lot when he was younger and didn’t stop until his fifties. By then, it was almost too late. On the Eifert side of the family, there are ‘bad lungs’ so it’s especially stupid to smoke but when my Grandpa started most everyone smoked. 

He had emphysema from smoking and that early July 16th morning he died, the nurses said Grandpa’s heart had been working at a pace of someone running for twenty-years.

I miss Grandpa a lot. I talk to him sometimes. I don’t know if he hears me. But I wish we could play a game of chess or I could share with him a good book I’ve read. I would like to be with him for even an hour, and we wouldn’t have to say anything. Only, being with him again would be enough.


2. John Donne – He is simply one of the greatest and best poets whoever lived. Maybe, that’s debatable but his poetry is so vivid, full of imagery, and he seems like he was a genuine person. I liked his poetry, how in his youth his poems are about his lady friends and he grows up and eventually becomes a Cleric in the Anglican Church. I would love to discuss his poetry with him and his thoughts on the time. He was a Renaissance man, and the relationship he has with his wife, is one I would like to have with a guy someday. Check-out some of his poems I love below:

– A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning

Love’s Alchemy

– Song: Go And Catch A Falling Star


3. William Shakespeare – How could you not want to meet Shakespeare? The author of so many wonderful plays that even today we still have performed, laugh and cry over. We love his comedies, his tragedies, and even if we must his historical plays. One of my favourite activities to do in June and July is to go to Hawerlack Park with my friends and see Shakespeare’s plays performed. You can grab an ice cream or some of our famous Alley Kat local beer and watch the show from the amphitheatre outside. I would have so many questions about Shakespeare’s plays, why he did this and that. What was his most prized work? And yes, you can read Shakespeare, it only takes practice. Rearrange his lines as you read them, they often make more sense. Here are a couple of my favourite plays below: 

– Anthony and Cleopatra
– A Mid Summer Night’s Dream


4. My Mom on her Wedding Day – Yes, Mom is fine. Nothing happened. But I have always wondered what she was like before she had kids. She sewed her own wedding dress, and she was so pretty in it. She was so young and skinny. I would have liked to know her then. To know what her dreams and aspirations were. I would like to know what made her choose to marry my Dad ( he’s a great guy, I’m just curious). I would like to know how she felt at thirty with three young children and how she did it. It would be educational I think and interesting.


5. I would like to meet a whole bunch of actors, to know what they dream of, what they value, to understand why they work how they work, before they are huger stars then they already are. Or, if they are big stars, I’d like to hear their stories about their lives. I would like to meet Jennifer Lawrence, Jamie Dornan, Dakota Johnson, Theo James, Orlando Bloom, Nina Dobrev, Kerry Washington, Patrick Dempsey, Kiera Knightley, George Clooney, Ian Somerhaulder, Hugh Jackmen, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Meryl Streep. 


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15 thoughts on “A List of People, Living or Dead, I’d Like to Meet

  1. summerstommy2 March 17, 2016 / 11:48 pm

    Its interesting isn’t it to consider who we might like to know better or even meet.
    I like Shakespeare too. A MSND is such an important play as it shows us the way Shakespeare’s plays were performed in his day as well as being such a good story as well. I used to love teaching it. My other favourite Shakespeare among many is Macbeth.
    Thanks for sharing that Mandi and I’m sure your grandfather would like to spend an hour with you too.

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    • mandibelle16 March 18, 2016 / 1:28 am

      Thanks so much for reading Michael and your comments. Especially for your comment about my Grandpa. Shakespeare Classes were always my favourite!

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      • summerstommy2 March 18, 2016 / 1:34 am

        Well let me say performing Shakespeare was always a challenge but with good kids an exciting process. The plays are so open to all sorts of interpretation.

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  2. any1mark66 March 18, 2016 / 2:38 am

    Interesting thought of whom to meet. I think the past relatives, or relatives at younger ages would be amazing. I can only imagine what some of them were like, from the stories that others share.

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    • mandibelle16 March 18, 2016 / 3:12 am

      Yeah, it would definitely be neat someone passed on or when they were younger. Thanks for your comments Mark.

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  3. oneta hayes March 18, 2016 / 3:06 am

    Interesting selections – intellectual and sentimental choices. Your choices speak well of you.

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  4. maria March 18, 2016 / 4:57 am

    Shakespeare! Yes, please!!! And my grandparents, too. 😀
    Love your list, Mandi!

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  5. luckyjc007 March 20, 2016 / 12:59 am

    I enjoyed reading this. I would love to have the opportunity to meet my grandfather who passed away shortly before I was born. I’ve been told that I am a lot like he was.

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    • mandibelle16 March 20, 2016 / 1:00 am

      Yeah, that would be cool. I remember you said something about hi before. You’re named for him I think you said? No wonder you feel such a connection and would like to meet him. Thanks for reading 🙂


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