Signature Q&A: Meg Paul

Meg Paul was born in 1961 at the naval hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia. The family moved to the Hub City in 1965 when her father joined Hattiesburg Clinic. She started kindergarten at Monte Vista Kindergarten (corner of Arlington Loop and South 31st). She attended Hattiesburg Public Schools, graduating from HHS in 1979. She later earned a B.S. in Special Education from Mississippi State and returned to Hattiesburg and taught in the HPSD. Paul has been married to the ultimate Golden Eagle, Joe Paul, since 1987. They have a daughter and son-in-law, Hallie and Daniel Krebs, and a son, Daniel Paul. She is a member of Trinity Episcopal Church. Paul decided to enter nursing school at age 40. and earned an associate’s degree in nursing from PRCC. She worked as an RN at Forrest General Hospital prior to landing her dream job at Forrest General Hospice in early 2004. She is a member of the 2017 Signature Class of Dapper Dozen.

What is your idea of happiness?

Having the privilege of meaningful work and the flexibility to travel and spend time with family and friends.

What is your greatest fear?

That I will wake up with a compulsion to skydive to prove that I can….. and I REALLY don’t want to do that.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

Being judgmental or jealous.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?

Thinking their beliefs or opinions are the only truth.

What is your most prized possession?

Hmmm…can I say my home? Especially the porches in the springtime.

Which talent would you most like to have?

I would love to be able to sing. Who wouldn’t?

What is your idea of misery?

Being cold without means to get warm. Or no AC in August in South Mississippi.

What is your favorite quality in a woman?

The ability to be effortlessly hospitable.

What is your favorite quality in a man?

Compassion.

What do you most value in your friends? 

Being able to pick up where we left off, no matter how long it has been.

Who is your favorite fictional hero?

Mary Poppins.

Who is your hero in real life?

People who are able to find joy amidst their problems.

Who are your favorite authors?

If they hook me within the first few pages, they are my favorites. I am partial to nonfiction and some recent favorites are Being Mortal by Atul Gawande and Tattoos on the Heart by Gregory Boyle.

What was the worst day of your life?

The day my mother died. I was two weeks into nursing school and it was on 9/14/2001, three days after 9/11.

What is one thing most people don’t know about you?

How liberal my politics are.

How would you like to die?

Suddenly and unexpectedly.

What do you hate the most?

The current state of politics in the U.S. and seemingly insurmountable conflicts abroad.

What was the happiest day of your life?

That is hard to say; however, marrying Joe and becoming a mother to Hallie and Daniel have brought me many of my best days.

What is your greatest regret?

Everything in my life has led to this place and I don’t regret any of it. Mistakes are what make us compassionate towards others.

What words would people use to describe you?

I hope they would say I am kind and would be very flattered if they said I was witty.

What is your motto?

Be still and know.

If you could have dinner with anyone - dead or alive - who would it be?

I would love to repeat a family meal from my childhood with my parents and three siblings.

Besides the Pine Belt, where is your favorite place to be?

Somewhere I’ve never been before, watching the sunset.

What would you eat for your last meal?

Possibly a box of Froot Loops and milk. Yum.

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