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If I Were…

Thank the universe for bloggers and blogging. I’d gotten a scary test result the day I discovered this entertaining blog post. I told myself there was nothing to be worried about until there was something to be worried about. It turns out there was nothing to be worried about.

But I came across Ally’s blog post, which felt like a gift from the universe in the form of a distraction.

Thank the universe for bloggers and blogging.

If I were a month I’d be April

If I were a day I’d be Friday

If I were a time of day I’d be early morning

If I were a font I’d be News Gothic

If I were a sea animal I’d be an octopus

If I were a direction I’d be north

If I were a piece of furniture I’d be a porch swing

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If I were a liquid I’d be coffee

If I were a gemstone I’d be turquoise

If I were a tree I’d be a Japanese maple

If I were a tool I’d be glue

If I were a flower I’d be zinnias

If I were an element of weather I’d be thunder snow

If I were a musical instrument I’d be an acoustic guitar

If I were a color I’d be green

If I were an emotion I’d be misunderstood

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If I were a fruit I’d be an apple

If I were a sound I’d be a cardinal’s song

If I were an element I’d be neon

If I were a car I’d be compact and environmentally friendly

If I were a food I’d be chocolate

If I were a place I’d be a greenhouse

If I were a material I’d be a patchwork quilt

If I were a taste I’d be sweet

If I were a scent I’d be woodsy

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If I were a body part I’d be eyes

If I were a song I’d be anything sung by Valerie June

If I were a bird I’d be a chickadee

If I were a gift I’d be whatever you’d love to get

If I were a city I’d be Chicago

If I were a door I’d be a bright color, sturdy, and welcoming

If I were a pair of shoes I’d be worn-in sandals

If I were a poem I’d be “You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.” – Mary Oliver

I hope this can be a distraction for any of you who are going through a difficult time.

What would your responses be?

41 thoughts on “If I Were…”

    1. I LIKE YOU.

      I chose chickadees since they are the birds that live in my yard all year. They’ve essentially become my outside pets. That kind of devotion speaks to me.

      I chose Chicago because it is a beautiful city with a terrible reputation among those who have never visited. On many levels, I can relate to that.

      Thank you for asking for the backstory. ❤️


  1. What a fun series of prompts! I don’t think I have come across these before… some I’d really have to think about but if I were a drink I’d be iced tea, if I were shoes I’d be flip flops, if I were a color I’d be blue.

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  2. Ugh on the test results. I’ve lost more sleep over false positives and random blood work showing borderline health problems from routine testing. I’m glad you are A-OK!

    I’m a Friday in May, looking forward to the hope of Summer. I’m an acoustic guitar, too! Can I be a purple pansy, despite the negative connotation to that word? They have such cheerful faces.

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  3. FUN post, Kari!

    Here are some of my “If I were” answers…..

    Month: October

    Time of day: Evening

    Liquid: Red, Dry Wine

    Element of weather: thunder snow as well (I love winter)

    Color: Various shades of green

    Food (s): Pasta, Bread, and Cheese.

    Scent: Woodsy/Earthy

    City: New York

    And thanks to blogging, I met YOU! X

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  4. I’m getting too hung up on whether I’m supposed to choose things that represent qualities I have (so, metaphors) or the kinds of things I’d like to be. So, if I were a city I’d LIKE to be a small, coastal town full of artists, but what I probably AM is a mid-sized town that houses a small, not very prestigious liberal arts college.

    (Yes, I was that kid in class, I’m sure.)

    I am glad that you are OK, sorry you had to endure such worry, and grateful that blogging gave you a healthy coping strategy. xoxox

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    1. I first felt the same way and was confused as to how I was meant to approach these questions. So I followed my intuition and used the first thing that came to me. I’m not sure whether that was the intention, but that’s how I did it. 😂

      Ooh, that’s exactly what I’m looking for, with a dash of Stars Hollow tossed in for good measure.

      I am truly grateful for blogging and this community. 💕

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  5. I’m sorry you had a scary test result but happy to hear it was nothing to worry about. I’ve had that twice with mammograms…which reminds me, I’m overdue.

    Element of weather…thunder snow…I love that.


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  6. Distractions from our worries are a comfort. I’m glad you found this and I’m very glad that your results helped you put your worries aside.

    When I saw the title, I started humming IF I WERE A RICH MAN, DA TA DA TA DAH TO DAH.

    I chuckled at ‘feeling: misunderstood.’ Right?

    I enjoyed Rita’s comment. Well said, Rita, well said.

    I’ve been decoupaging for a few hours over here, so I’m not sure what my response would be – oh, I guess if I was going to be a place I’d be a house on a lake not in the midwest, so warm all year please.

    If’ I were a fruit, I’d be pinapple. I love pineapple. Tank calls it spicy and I don’t think pineapple is spicy, but I can be spicy – so it fits.

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    1. Now I’m humming if I were a rich man….

      I was also unsure how I was supposed to approach these questions, so I went with my gut instinct and chose the first answer that came to mind. Nothing more to it than that. 😂

      A fun fact about pineapple: many people are allergic to it. That is something I learned from a bartender.


  7. I am SO glad there is nothing to worry about. I try to do that too, not to worry until there is something to worry about – but I am not always successful.

    This was very fun to read! I think I’d be an apple too, but very specifically a Macintosh apple. I think perhaps I’d be a Gerber daisy.

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  8. I’m so thankful everything was fine!

    Omg I am total crap at answering these types of questions bc I can never choose just one answer 😅

    Like – if I were a flower? Oh my dear Aunt Sally! Could we do it by subcategories? Like If I were an Herbaceous Perennial… errr wait no… I still couldn’t choose just one. What about sub sub sub categories… like If I were an Herbaceous Perennial Tolerant of Heavy Soils, Attracting Hummingbirds & with a Long Flowering Period? Might be able to name *one* (Salvia guaranitica)…

    In short (long?)
    If I were an answer:
    I’d exceed the space provided 😊

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    1. Me too!

      I’m a sucker for subcategories, especially when it comes to flowers. I could hear you having this discussion despite having never heard your voice. ❤️

      THIS IS AMAZING. Always exceed the space provided. That sounds like solid life advice to me.


  9. LOVE this. Octopus! Thundersnow! Porch swing! Cardinal’s song! I was surprised by many of these, and by how evocative of person/personality they turned out to be. And your “If I were a poem” answer is just perfection.

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  10. I love, love, love your responses. Some of them for me would be the same as yours.

    I understand entirely the octopuses need to punch.

    I’m so glad that whatever scared you was nothing to worry about. I had this happen a few months ago and whew…it can take some years off your life. XO

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  11. I’m glad you did this. It’s fun to see how people answer the same questions. I love that you’d be a woodsy scent. I want to change my answer now. I also like the idea of being a porch swing. Thanks for the shoutout, too. Carry on, Kari

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  12. So glad to hear there was nothing to worry about but sorry you had to go through the worry all the same!!

    Thunder snow is my absolutely favorite thing EVER. If I have time I might have to play along this week! I have so very little to write about but I miss the blogosphere!

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