ELEMENTARY SCHOOL – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

I went to four different elementary schools as a child.

I went to Jones Elementary for kindergarten.  I don’t remember a lot about that year except for the reading circles that I loved.

Then, I went to Tyson Elementary for 1st grade.  I mostly remember sitting on the hill at recess and watching the other kids play.  I was extremely shy and just wanted to disappear into the background when I was a little kid.

For second and third grades, I went to Washington Elementary school.  When I went to this school, I was in a split class for third grade (third and fourth grades were in the same room).   I was still really, really shy and didn’t make friends easily but my sister and I made friends with some girls down the street and we would go to their house and play or they would come to ours and play.  We also would walk home from school with them most days.

In the summer between third and fourth grades, we moved to Green Forest.  So I went to Green Forest Elementary school from 4th through 6th grades.  I had a few more friends there and our cousins lived down the street.

 

Week #44 – Elementary School

Week 44. Elementary School. Describe your grammar/elementary school (or schools). Were they big or small? Are any of these schools still in existence today? If so, how have they changed since you went there?

This challenge runs from Saturday, October 29, 2011 through Friday, Novemebr 4, 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.

THANKSGIVING – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

The foods we have now for Thanksgiving are pretty much the same as they have been since I was a small child.  We have a turkey, dressing, ham, potato salad, mashed potatoes, gravy, deviled eggs, pumpkin pie, cornbread dressing, baked beans, and rolls.  The deserts have varied a lot over the years but are the same kinds of desert.  Chocolate is a big feature.

My mom’s mother used to make homemade chocolate and lemon pies.  These pies were the best things about any holiday dinner at their house!  My dad’s dad would make this wonderful rocky road fudge!

Thanksgiving when I was a kid was a day of traveling.  We would visit both sets of grandparents and there would be all (or at least almost all) of the aunts, uncles and cousins at the dinners.  We would have lunch at one and supper (or dinner for those from the north) at the other grandparents.

At mom’s family dinner there was usually about 30 people!  At dad’s family there was usually about 20 people.  We would have a great time at both families and would eat all day!

 

Week #48 – Thanksgiving

Week 48. Thanksgiving. What was on your family’s Thanksgiving table? Do you serve the same dishes now as your family served in the past?

This challenge runs from Saturday, November 26, 2011 through Friday, December 2, 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.

SMELLS – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

The smells of different foods often take me back to one of Grandmothers’ kitchen as they were cooking a holiday dinner.

But the smell that most triggers memories for me is the smell of a farm.  Still today, I can smell “fertilizer” spread on a field and I am back on the chicken farm of my Mom’s parents.  I am playing in the yard and the wind is blowing from the chicken houses.  To this day it makes me think of Grandma and smile.

Week #34 – Smells

Week 34: Smells. Describe any smells that take you back to childhood. These could be from meals, fragrant gardens, musty basements, or something entirely different.

This challenge runs from Saturday, August 20, 2011 through Friday, August 26, 2011.

52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & Historyby Amy Coffinis 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.

WEDDINGS – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

I am not married so I don’t have a wedding of my own to describe.  So I will talk about some of the family weddings.

Mom and Dad were married in the hallway of her parents home.  They were married exactly three weeks after their first meeting!  I guess it worked out ok since they have three children, five grandchildren and have been married for over 44 years! 

My sister was married in the living room of Grandma Thompson’s home with only a few close friends and family in attendance.  Their wedding cake was a beautiful cake with their engagement photo spray-painted (or whatever the bakery people call that process) on the top.  They have over 11 years of marriage and three children.

My brother was married in our family church with a few more people attending!  They had a reception after their wedding and my niece was their flower girl!  They have two children and over 9 years of marriage.

My Dad’s parents were married for almost 50 years when Grandpa Thompson died.  My Mom’s parents were married for over 50 years when she died.

Week #35 – Wedding

Week 35: Weddings. Tell us about your wedding. You may also talk about your future wedding, the wedding of a relative or shape this question to fit your own life experience.

This challenge runs from Saturday, August 27, 2011 through Friday, September 2, 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.

FAVORITE SCHOOL SUBJECT – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

I have always loved learning.  I like learning new things!  I don’t really know that any one was my favorite subject.  My two favorites were probably math classes and English classes. 

I like to read!  This is something that my parents started when I was a little kid.  They gave me books when I was a really little kid.  I could read before I started Kindergarten!  When I was a kid, I would read books about animals mostly.  Later, I read the Laura Ingalls Wilder series.  After that phase, I started reading mysteries especially Agatha Christie novels.  Now, I read romance novels especially Nora Roberts and Lynnsay Sands.

The other favorite subject was math.  I have always loved numbers.  I like that they always function the same way.  1 plus 1 always equals two and it always will!  This is somehow comforting to me.  I like that math is something that you can COUNT on!

I was always good in school.  I never had problems with my grades and I have always been one of those people who just got the answers in school.  Maybe math and reading are my two favorites because I seem to be equally good at the two sides of my brain.  When I took the SAT, I scored equally well on both the verbal and the math sections.   Apparently this isn’t usual but it stayed the same for me even when I re-took the test!

Week #42 – Favorite School Subject

Week 42. Favorite School Subject. What was your favorite subject in school and why? Was it also your best subject?

This challenge runs from Saturday, October 15, 2011 through Friday, October 21, 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.