20 Questions with SCCT's Michelle Ward
Michelle Ward can often be found behind the scenes at the South Carolina Children’s Theatre, where she works as the marketing director, but she’s also a busy mom to twin sons, Weston and McIntrye, 7. A native of Orangeburg, she and her husband, Mack, now live in Greenville, where Michelle is active in community events.
1. What’s the funniest thing your twins have done?
One of the cutest things is when they were about 1 and they would pull down each other’s diapers and laugh at the other’s little bottom. It’s almost as if boys are born thinking that kind of stuff is funny.
2. What quality do you most admire in others?
3. What’s your favorite childhood memory?
It’s a toss-up between a three-week cross country road trip with my mom and dad when I was 11 and my grandpa taking me out into the ocean on one of those big yellow and black rafts every summer with my cousins. He had a bad hip but he still took us as far out as he could and we all felt so safe.
4. How do you juggle being a working parent with twins?
I am extremely fortunate that I am able to do something that I am passionate about while still being involved in all of their activities.
5. What advice would you give other working parents?
All moms are working parents. Their office space might look like a living room or kitchen, a car, or an actual office with a desk and chair. My advice is to embrace whatever your office looks like and make it fun!
6. Where’s the best place to take kids in the Upstate?
South Carolina Children’s Theatre, of course! Shows, camps and classes, fun events — entertainment with educational value is a great combination.
7. What’s your super power?
I can make up songs that include my children’s names or a current situation, off the cuff, to almost any tune.
8. What is your favorite TV show?
“The Golden Girls.” I’ve probably seen every episode 100 times and it never gets old.
9. When you were younger, what did you want to be?
A singer and an actress.
10. What are your hobbies?
I enjoy reading when I can stay awake. Barre3 and walking with my neighborhood girls are my fun ways to be active. I wish I could squeeze in a little more line dancing and karaoke.
11. What is something important life has taught you?
That we have no control over our circumstances and not everyone is going to treat you fairly, however, we do have a choice in how we respond to those circumstances and people.
12. What is your favorite family ritual?
Singing, praying and talking with the boys and Mack before bedtime and on our car rides together. It’s the only time they are still, so we take advantage of those moments.
13. What always makes you laugh?
My husband Mack’s laugh. It’s contagious! And www.awkwardfamilyphotos.com. Check it out if you need a good laugh.
14. What would surprise people about you?
I am very empathetic. I can hardly watch the news without getting upset.
15. What has surprised you most about being a parent?
How over-protective you can feel for another human being.
16. What is your favorite indulgence?
Scooting out of town for an overnight date night or an overnight girls getaway at a nearby mountain town with wine and a lot of cheese.
17. Whom do you most admire?
My mother. She’s feisty and convicted in her beliefs; however, she is also sweet and forgiving in nature. She loves her children, grandchildren and pets as fiercely as anyone that I know. We talk on the phone about five times a day.
18. Early bird or night owl?
I can’t believe I’m saying this, but early bird. It’s my dedicated “me time” these days.
19. If you could have dinner with anyone, whom would you choose?
Jesus. I guess I will get to one day.
20. What is the best gift parents can give their child?
The ability to have grace and forgiveness for themselves and for others. I also believe we can teach them love, compassion and awareness of others through our actions, whether that be thanking the waiter at the restaurant for doing such a great job, or hugging a stranger at the vet’s office who is crying because she just said goodbye to one of her best friends. Children tend to emulate the actions and habits of their parents, good and bad. I’m just praying that the good ones stick.