If you have been following along with this adventure already, I thank you! If you are new to my blog or are not up to date with this series of posts, I suggest you go back and read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, and Part 5 before continuing on here with Part 6.
An actual phone call from Sweden! A call telling ME I made it through to the next round! Shock…total...amazement...did I say shock?
I have to admit that there isn't but a very few things that could or would distract me from my grandchildren. I also have to admit this phone call was one of those things. I didn't even remember setting my granddaughter down on the floor, I just knew I wasn't holding her any longer and I was in my own little world. I do remember staring into space in such total shock. Thank goodness nothing dangerous or hurtful happened to my grandchildren during this time because for a few minutes I would have denied that they were even in the same room with me.
Ok...so now...was I prepared for an oral interview? Of course not! I was totally caught off guard by this phone call but I certainly couldn't say no!
From what I actually remember (yes, I think I was in shock longer than I care to admit) the interview commenced more like a conversation with an old friend than an actual interview. I enjoyed speaking with this representative from Sweden. She asked me lots of questions that were very easy to answer and conversation just seemed to flow. It was incredible, if you know my personality at all, that I actually relaxed during our conversation.
Eventually, I was given details regarding the next step in this adventure, and then I was asked a few more questions. One of those questions in particular stands out in my mind.
"Is there anything you would not do on television?"
Without thinking at all I replied, "Well, I wouldn't eat spiders or anything like that and for sure I wouldn't take my clothes off!" There was full laughter at the other end of the phone. It was great to hear. As I said we had a great conversation.
I was told that there were over 900 people from the United States that sent applications in for this TV show. Wow, that is a heck of a lot of people! Odds certainly are against me here. Incredible! Me, against all of those people, and I have made it this far! WOW!
Now, I was again being asked several more questions ~
Could I be available for an "in person interview" in the next few weeks if I made it to the next level?
Would I be able to travel to somewhere in the United States, if asked, for that interview?
The TV show could last anywhere from 8 to 30 days, could I be away from home for 30 days if it came down to that?
At the end of our conversation, this gal was laughing and she told me that she really liked me. She said she had to be honest with me though, there were other people making phone calls also. After all of the calls were made, they would get together and choose 40 people from those who were called! SO, in other words, it was not up to her to make the final decision if I were to move on or not. But, she told me ~
"I really like you and I am going to pull for you!"
An absolutely amazing end to this phone interview. I was floating on cloud nine!
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