Lavinia Beltana is charmingly unconventional. She thinks the typical About Me outline lacks anything to do with who the author is as a person. Instead of listing off her resume and marital status, she has chosen to answer 20 questions to make you fall in love, brought to you by Thought Catalog.
- If you could speak to anyone in heaven, who would it be?
My grandparents. I’d like to apologize for being a stupid kid and tell them I love them. I don’t know that I ever told them.
- What memory do you replay the most in your mind?
That hug. I recently went to a friends funeral and that hug was the most sincere, soul bearing, depressing emotion I’ve ever felt.
- Do you have any reoccurring dreams or nightmares?
Yes, but not so much anymore. As a kid I used to have this dream about a camp for children where we all killed the counselors then stuffed their bodies into the furnace. It was in black and white and I’m not sure when I stopped having this dream, but it started before I can remember and it continued through my teen years.
- At what age did you learn the most about yourself?
I’d say about 19.
- When was the last time you were disappointed in yourself?
Tomorrow, I’m sure.
- Is there someone that you’ll never forgive?
Yes, as much as I hate to admit it.
- Which time period do you like the best, aesthetically speaking?
Victorian-Gothic. That’s a thing, right??
- In what ways have you grown over the course of your life?
Mentally, emotionally, and physically.
- Do you think your parents are proud of where you are in life?
- Is there a teacher that you wish you could call up and thank?
My second grade teacher. She didn’t do anything in particular, I just really liked her.
- What’s the worst physical pain that you’ve ever suffered through?
The migraine I had that sent me into the ER. I’ve had babies, surgeries, and spinal injections, but nothing comes close to that migraine.
- What couple (that you personally know) do you look up to?
My other grandparents who are still living.
- What scent reminds you of childhood?
Any kind of baking, or fried pork. That, or drool.
- What don’t you regret that you probably should?
I gave this girl the worst graduation card of all time, explaining to her how much I disliked her and how excited I was to never see her again. It’s the meanest thing I’ve ever done and I’m pretty sure she cried, but I gave her a card expressing my emotions one time. She gave me an entire years worth of bullying. She needed to know.
- What’s the most intimate thing a couple could do together?
Answer these questions together in greater detail, for sure.
- Which song lyric had the biggest impact on you?
It’s not so much one lyric, but it’s the entire song, “Yearbook” by Hanson. I was a seven year old kid who’s parents were obsessed with true crime. The first time I ever heard that song, it was the first time that it had struck me that I could be that kid that goes out and never reaches my destination, leaving everyone at school and at home wondering where I went. It made me look at the kids at school differently when they didn’t show up for class.
- Do you believe in ghosts, aliens, or any mythical creatures?
Absolutely, I do!
- When do you feel the most attractive?
When I’m happy.
- What’s the nicest thing you’ve ever done for someone else?
Girl stuff, I suppose.
- What unanswerable question bothers you the most?
It was daylight savings time. My cellular was my alarm and everyone knows your phone automatically adjusts to the time. I woke up late for school that day and arrived just as the first bell was supposed to ring, but when I got to school (I was a walker) the parking lot was empty and all the lights in the school were off. I checked the door, but it was locked. The sun still hadn’t come up, so I went home, relieved to have time for a shower. I turned the new fan dial to 30 minutes and stepped into the shower thinking I had about 40 minutes before I had to leave the house. While I was in the shower, it felt like I had blacked out. I was standing there. When I opened my eyes I had this feeling that I had been standing there much longer. I checked the fan timer, but no time had passed, besides the three minuets it took to get warm and rinse. When I left the bathroom, 30 minutes later, my brother was like, “Why are you still here?” According to the clock I was an hour late. I ran to school, the sun was up, and by the time I got to school, I had 10 minutes left in first period. Wtf happened to me in that shower and how did time warp? There are more than 1,000 students that attend that school, and with 0 hour before school even starts, there’s no explanation for an empty parking lot and a locked down school less than an hour before class. I can’t explain it.