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DINNER TIME – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Dinner time is usually called supper time in our house. 

When I was a kid, Mom and Dad both worked.  We would have dinner a couple of hours after they got home.  They would spend a few minutes talking with us and each other and then they would fix dinner together.  As we got older, we would help them with fixing the dinner. 

I became the main cook for dinner by the time I was a teenager.  Cleanup was a family affair from the time I can remember.  As teenagers, we were assigned chores to do around the house and one of us would have to do the dishes each night.

When dinner was ready, we would put the food in the middle of the table and everyone would fix their plates and we would sit and eat dinner together.  Sometimes, we would take our plates into the living room and we would eat dinner while we watched TV.  We wouldn’t just sit there and silently watch TV though.  In our family, it has always been common for us to talk about the topics raised in the TV show.  Dinner was the time when everyone would talk about everything that had went on that day at school or work. 

We have always been a family that spent a lot of time talking about everything that goes on in the world.  We would watch the news and then spend the rest of the evening discussing what we heard about on the news or the events of the day.

Dinner time is now very similar to then.  Dinner is the time when we catch up on the days news – whether it is the personal news of a family member or news from the world we have heard about through the news.

Week #32 – Dinner Time

Week 32: Dinner Time. On a typical childhood evening, who was around the dinner table? Was the meal served by one person, or was it a free-for-all? What is dinner time like in your family today?

This challenge runs from Saturday, August 6, 2011 through Friday, August 12, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

WATER – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

 

 

Northwest Arkansas where I live is an area with many lakes, rivers, and streams.  My family spent a lot of time fishing and swimming when I was a kid.  

The lake that I probably remember the most is Elmdale Lake in Springdale.  It is a smaller man-made lake but that is where my Dad’s parents spent a lot of time fishing and camping when I was a kid.  We would often go there with them!

We would also go to the Hickory Creek camping area on Beaver lake.  We spent many happy hours fishing and camping there.  When I was in grade school we went camping several times on Table Rock lake, too.

I never learned to really swim but I like to play and paddle around in the swimming areas.  The most fun that I would have though while we were camping was when it would start to get dark and we would sit around the campfire and roast marshmallows and talk for hours.  It was really a great time!

The time that I remember the most was when all of Dad’s extended family went fishing and camping at Beavertown.  Mom and my aunt, and sister and brother and my cousins all walked over this really tall bridge (I am afraid of heights and I hated this part!) and went to this little animal place.  I remember the peacocks with their beautiful feathers and the little gift shop where we all bought toys.  We had a really wonderful time that weekend swimming fishing and playing with all the cousins.

Week #29 – Water

Week 29: Water. Do you have any memories of the sea or another body of water? Did you live there or just visit? What did you do there? You can also describe a body of water by which you live or visit in the present day.

This challenge runs from Saturday, July 16, 2011 through Friday, July 22, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

TEACHERS – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

I don’t remember my early teachers very well.  But I do remember that my Kindergarten teacher had this little reading circle where we would all gather on this carpet and she would read us stories.  I remember liking that!  I have always loved to read and I could read before I went to Kindergarten but I liked to be read to as well.

In  junior high, I had a teacher for English who made us all give speeches to the class.  I hated it at the time and I really resented that part of my grade was based on this speech.  However, when I graduated from College I wrote her a thank you note.  That speech was the beginning of me overcoming my paralyzing shyness!  That speech was the beginning of the changes to my life that allowed me several years later to stand in front of a classroom and be a graduate assistant teaching a lab (without passing out from anxiety)!!

I had many professors in college who I respected and who made impacts on my life.  One of them I still see occasionally and is a man I respect to this day for many reasons!  The other was a man who made a great impact on my life by offering me a graduate assistant position and who helped me learn to reach for what I want.  He taught several of my college classes and I remember every one of them as being incredibly difficult!  However, I learned a lot from him!  Unfortunately, he died several years ago, but his memory lives on in every student he challenged as well as in the hearts of his family.

 

Week #41 – Teachers

Week 41. Teachers. Did you have a favorite teacher when you were growing up? What class(es) did this person teach and why did he/she make an impact on your life?

This challenge runs from Saturday, October 8, 2011 through Friday, October 14, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

WORST SCHOOL SUBJECT – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

My least favorite subject in school was PE. I hated it. It involved playing games with other kids and I was never the athletic type. Also, I was incredibly shy and hated to be the center of attention for even a few minutes!  I would do everything I could to avoid going to PE.

I also hated recess.  I know most other kids love it but I hated it!  I never made real friends until I was in high school so I just sort of wandered around and felt out of place most of the time.  I was much happier in the classroom learning to read and do math.

As I got older, I hated any class that made me give a speech or do a lot of class participation.  I would avoid those classes as much as possible!

 

Week #43 – Worst School Subject

Week 43. Worst School Subject. What was your worst or least favorite subject in school and why?

This challenge runs from Saturday, October 22, 2011 through Friday, October 28, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.

SUMMER – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

Summer in Arkansas is HOT!!!   It isn’t unusual for the temperatures to be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit for several days in a row.  When I was a kid, after I was about 10 years old, my sister, brother and I stayed at home during the day while both of my parents worked.  This wasn’t an unusual thing at that time.  We lived in a small town where we knew virtually everyone in town and we lived only a couple of blocks from my cousins home where my aunt was at home if we needed her for anything.  We would sleep late and then have fun for most of the day.  We would ride our bikes all over town or walk to the library.  I have always spent a lot of time reading!  Sometimes we would go to my cousins and spend time with them. 

My sister and I spent many, many hours playing with our “Barbie” dolls, although I don’t think we ever had a real Barbie doll.  But we didn’t seem to care about that!  We would be fashion designers and make them clothes and we would play with them like they were the Sims in the computer games of today.  We would imagine their whole lives and use my little brother’s cars to move them from place to place. 

We had a swing set and we would spend time swinging.  We would watch our favorite tv shows and when I was older we would play video games (ATARI and Nintendo).  I was the family Pac-man champion! 

On the weekends, we would have barbeques or go camping or fishing.    We also spent many hot afternoons on the weekends driving in the family car.  Often with no particular destination  in mind, we would just get in the car and go for a DRIVE! 

Summer was the time when we didn’t have to go to School!  It was wonderful!

Week #28 – Summer Week 28: Summer. What was summer like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.

This challenge runs from Saturday, July 9, 2011 through Friday, July 15, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History by Amy Coffin is a series of weekly blogging prompts (one for each week of 2011) that invite genealogists and others to record memories and insights about their own lives for future descendants. You do not have to be a blogger to participate. If you do not have a genealogy blog, write down your memories on your computer, or simply record them on paper and keep them with your files.