Tina Louise Harris

Published 6:06 pm Friday, November 21, 2008

Name: Tina Louise Harris

Age: 38 (but I feel like 21!)

Occupation and title: Assistant account manager at Manry Rawls Insurance

Children’s names: Angel, Kierstin and Katie

Church affiliation: Franklin Congregational Christian Church

What’s the best part of your day? The end of the day; We are in jammies and we watch TV or read. We just stop moving.

If you could select another profession, what would you do? High school teacher

Why do you choose to live in Franklin? Family was here and we needed a small-town atmosphere to raise children (came from California)

If you had two weeks’ vacation and money were no object, how would you spend your time? I would take my family to Italy, Africa and Australia. I would also like to visit a convent. I respect them for spending 24/7 worshipping God.

Favorite food: Salads, pasta and different types of bread

Favorite weekend destination: Catalina Island off of the coast of San Diego, California; It is like a mini Hawaii.

Favorite college sports team: San Francisco State Gators basketball team

Favorite pro sports team: San Francisco 49ers

Favorite color: Green

What’s the best life lesson you’ve learned, and who taught you? “Just tell me the truth, good or bad. That way I can defend you.” From my late father, Walter Louis Cummings

Favorite Bible verse: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16

What’s the best decision you’ve made in life? Moving to Virginia from California

Which local charitable or non-profit organization do you wish more people would support? United Way

Tell us something about yourself that most people don’t know: I love to write. When I pass on, people will find notebooks, papers, songs and journals in every nook and cranny of my home.

What’s your hobby? Writing, reading, gardening, crocheting, and listening to music

If you could re-live one day of your life, which would it be and why? When I was 16 (knowing what I know today), I would not have left my father’s house to move in with my aunt. I would have stayed in my dad’s house and helped him through his addictions.

What gives you the blues? Missing my father … and it’s been eight years since his death.

What’s the most Southern thing you’ve ever done? I cut my jeans when I didn’t have enough cash for shorts (and they were crooked), put on my ballcap and sweated like a summer rain shower while mowing the lawn.

What’s your best childhood memory? Going to Santa Cruz every weekend (near Carmel, central coastline in California), and going to the boardwalk with my turtlenecks, scarf, gloves, and boots and eating clam chowder on the wharf and just stare at the ocean. Those are some vivid memories.

Tell us one true thing: You only live once, so you better treat others as you would have them remember you.

What frightens you most? Dying and leaving my kids without a mother

If you could live anywhere else in the world, where would it be and why? Italy; that is where a good portion of my father’s side of the family is from. I would love to see where they walked.

Who’s your favorite ex-president? Abraham Lincoln

What last brought tears to your eyes? My oldest daughter lit the altar candles for the first time in her life (an acolyte) at our church altar.

If you could invite three guests — living or dead, from anytime in history — to dinner, who would they be? Jesus, Mother Theresa, and Paul (author of the Epistles)

What three objects would you take with you to a desert island? Bible, picture of my girls and a knife.

What kind of music do you like, and who’s your favorite performer? Classic Rock, Country, Classical. My favorite performers are Van Morrison (“Brown Eyed Girl”) and Elton John.

Tell us about a good movie you’ve seen lately and why you liked it: “P.S. I Love You.” Everybody wants to be in love that much.

Who’s a famous athlete or entertainer you admire? I admire Billy Graham. He is not an entertainer, but he is a religious politician for the party of the people!

What’s the last book you read? The Bible

To whom are you grateful and why? My fatherraised me to hold my own, work hard and not let anybody treat me different than they would want to be treated. When I was a kid, I used to think he was so mean. But now, as an adult, I truly believe every thing he did was preparing me for adulthood. I wish I could shake his hand, give him a hug and say “Thank you, Dad!”