The sign…


Now and then, a writing prompt jumps off my screen and starts pushing my buttons for a response.  Possibly, that’s in line with my zodiac sign, even a personality flaw which pushes my need to elaborate beyond all reasonable boundaries.  Ah, yes, that’s a Virgo, feet planted firmly in some ideal that our immediate world has for us and the intense pressure on how we feel we should view ourselves.  My goal always tends to be perfect in all I do and boy, do I get frustrated when that isn’t possible.  I’d venture a guess that, for most of us, these life goals are essentially every damn thing you want to accomplish in life before passing on, the important stuff others remember you by when you are no longer around.  And, goals give you purpose and direction in guiding your life.


It’s said that Virgos have one of the best memories of all zodiac signs.  That…is a biggie, at least for me, having a mother who suffered with Alzheimer’s disease.  The fear of basically losing my mind to the warfare of dementia may be a guiding factor of my birth sign, a daily quest in not forgetting everything and everyone important in my life.  Often, at work, someone will make a snarky criticism on something they felt I should have remembered and pushes that above mentioned button.  Most of my positive personality traits immediately turn negative and I launch into an overly-analytical response in defense.  Any criticism brings forth frustration and my very short temper.  And, yes, I am an extreme nit-picker!  Don’t judge.


I do try to be supportive of the people in my life and will, at times, give all benefit of the doubt, always maintaining some critical reserve.  Just in case.  I can be very passive-aggressive if I’m not sure of someone rather than making it clear that I don’t care for them.   Do I go to an occasional extreme with attention to detail?  Hell, yes.  Way more than just occasional.  The thought of not doing something well, or under-performing, often stops me from doing that task at all, just to avoid being challenged…or corrected.  Sometimes, being needed too often causes me to not have enough time and I’m like the White Rabbit, running from here to there saying “Oh dear!  Oh dear! I shall be too late!”  Under all this zodiac madness is the drive to stay busy, focused and give everything I do great attention to detail and perfection. 

workshop-button-1From Mama Kat’s Writers Workshop…What does your birth sign say about you? Is it correct?  All in all, I’d say my birth sign is pretty much on-target.  I enjoy being somewhat of a master planner with attention to detail and pretty much have a reputation for taking responsibility and picking up slack in certain situations.  Mostly, I try to think of everything…because I’m so fearful of forgetting.



  1. Diane says:

    Aquarius here (but I’ve no idea what my birth sign says, so I don’t know if it’s on target). I lost my mom to dementia, too, and my memory sucks. Not gonna lie, it’s a worry!

    • Patty says:

      It\’s very much a worry, Diane. Maybe, in some way, a learning process for those of us who have lived with, and lost, someone with dementia. In my situation, it was all too easy to just pass off my mother\’s behaviors as a part of her \”getting old\” and the decline that\’s sadly part of the aging process. Studies and research give false hope to something, I feel, might be controlled better in the future but..a cure? Doubtful.

  2. John Holton says:

    My stepfather had a banner that said, “I’m a Virgo, I’m fussy.”

    I think anyone who’s known a person with Alzheimer’s is deathly scared of contracting it themselves. My brother’s father-in-law had it, and just hearing what they went through shook me up pretty badly. You have my sympathy…

    • Patty says:

      Thanks, John. Not everyone deals with the same issues when they have a loved one suffering with Alzheimer\’s. Always a heartbreaking process for all, even when the person afflicted just quietly fades away. My mother did not and personified words from Dylan Thomas\’s poem…\”Do not go gentle into that good night.
      Rage, rage against the dying of the light.\”

  3. Kat says:

    I’m that person who drives people like you crazy because “good enough” is just fine with me. I don’t perfect anything…wouldn’t even attempt it. But man oh man do I appreciate working with people like you! Thank you for picking up my slack. 😉 I’m a Capricorn, but weirdly I don’t think I’m much of a match for my sign. I think I’m supposed to be career driven and I’m definitely not. Virgo has you pegged though!

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