Jayna Watkins Photography

Five People I Would Want to Have Dinner With

“If you could have dinner with five people, living or dead, who would you choose?”

I had never really thought about that question before, but lately it has been something that has been running through my mind for some odd reason. There are some loved ones of mine that have passed away that I would love to see again, but I tried to think of people that I have never had the chance to meet. People that have inspired me or changed my life in someway, even indirectly. Of course, I don’t think I would have dinner with all five at the same time, because that would make for a pretty oddball dinner conversation.

1. Dr. Seuss (Theodor Seuss Geisel)

I haven’t picked up a Dr. Seuss book in years, but I can still remember my favorites from childhood. In fact, I even have them packed up in a box in the top of my mother’s garage. “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”, “The Cat in the Hat”, and even “The Foot Book.” I can remember my mother reading me that last one multiple times in my childhood. I would love to ask Dr. Seuss how he was able to be so creative and where his ideas came from.

2. Elizabeth Elliot

Some of you may have never heard of this woman, who passed away just last year. She is known as a Christian author and speaker, but the way many people have heard of her is through the story of her husband’s death. Her first husband, Jim, who was a missionary, was killed by warriors that he was trying to witness to in Ecuador. The amazing thing about Elizabeth is that after her husband’s gruesome death, she spent two years of her life as a missionary to the members of the tribe that murdered her husband. I’ve always been encouraged by her story.

3. C. S. Lewis

I grew up reading the Chronicles of Narnia and own all of the books, movies (even the BBC versions), and the audio dramas that were produced by Focus on the Family. These books taught me how to use my imagination, and I’ve always secretly wished that I could walk into a wardrobe and end up in a snowy forest like Lucy.

4. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis

I’ve always been fascinated by this woman. I can remember seeing the footage of JFK’s assassination in high school and being heartbroken by how the first lady looked so stunned and terrified as she climbed over the back of the car. I would want to ask her how she was able to make it through such a devastating time in her life and how she had the strength to move on.

5. Jasmine Star

If you’ve never heard of Jasmine Star, you should look her up, ESPECIALLY if you are a photographer or entrepreneur. She is the person that inspired me to become a photographer, and I’ve used her marketing and branding tips to slowly build my love of shooting into a business. Sometimes I feel like I already know her because of all of the online courses of hers that I have seen, but I think it would be so fun to meet her in person!

This blog post was probably the most random one that I have written, and is in no way photography related, but I’ve always found the topic fascinating and finally decided to sit down and write out my thoughts. I would love to hear what five people you would want to have dinner with!

Jayna

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