Meet Dorris Johnson

Posted on 04/23/2015

Addison Price & Doris JohnsonQ: Can you tell me a little about yourself?
A: Well, my husband was in the military for 23 ½ yrs. After a while, I retired in california before moving to Oklahoma in 2008. If there’s one thing I’ve noticed in Oklahoma its the crazy weather!  Coming from California I was also shocked experiencing the earthquakes here. They are small in comparison, but normally you wouldn’t think of them being that way in this part of the country! The last job I worked was a part time gig at Memorial Edmond high school. I was retired at the time also but just looking for something to fill my spare time.

Q: What is your favorite childhood memory?
A: I loved to play jax as a kid, we also play games here in the apartments and were just talking about this earlier! Other than that, I started reading pretty early at 9 years old. We had a teacher who actually lived next door to us growing up. I was sitting on the steps one day, and she started to talk to me about reading. Some of the first books I went through were Drum and Drum Major written by Kyle Onstott. The series follows a slave in the south and shows some of the tragedies of slavery at the time. Later on I got into the book The Learning Tree as well. Soon after I was shown some of these books, I joined a book club at school and have enjoyed reading ever since!

Q: Favorite place you’ve traveled?
A: Turkey, I really just loved the mix of the old and the new there. Some of the architecture was a sight to see. Also, to sit and watch the caravans and nomads moving by the roads in the afternoon was an experience! Traffic was crazy though! All the drivers seemed to blow their horns for no particular reason. You will probably get hit if you are in the street!
Some of their standards and customs would definitely stick out to westerners. One specific example is that if a shepherd were to be hit (by a car), they are to be left in place for three days to let other nomads pass by and identify them. This might sound odd but it is just a courtesy so the news of someone’s death could be passed on to loved ones.  Food was also one of the great things in Turkey, you could get a full meal with multiple courses for just $5.00-$7.00!

Q: What are some of your favorite meals?
A: I honestly love most of the dishes that Edmond Mobile Meals sends out. One thing that I think should be pointed out is the variety given to those who use the service. For some of the seniors, it could actually be one of the only meals they have that day. Mobile meals makes sure that they get veggies, protein, and you can’t forget the desserts!

Q: What advice would you give to young people?
A: I would say to stick to being yourself and keep your beliefs throughout life. God will lead the way in a lot of situations when you aren’t even aware of it!