NICKNAMES – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

I didn’t have a nickname when I was a child.  My Dad, however, was known as Buster.  We don’t really know why!  But that is what he was called.  The story behind his nickname is one of our family mysteries!

Week #33 – Nicknames

Week 33: Nicknames. What was your childhood nickname, and what was the meaning behind it? You can also discuss the nicknames of other family members, both past and present.

This challenge runs from Saturday, August 13, 2011 through Friday, August 19, 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.

EARLIEST MEMORY – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

I don’t really have very clear memories of my early childhood.  I have vague memories of playing with my sister and of seeing my grandparents but I don’t really know which memory was the earliest.

However, I do have a good family story from the first night that I was home after I was born.  Apparently my Great-Grandma Venna Thompson came to stay with my Dad and Mom to help take care of me for my first few days.  Mom put me to bed the first night I was home and then she and Dad went to bed. 

The next morning my Great-Grandma came in and woke up my Dad because she was worried that I was dead! Apparently, I hadn’t woken up during the night so she thought I was dead!! 

I, of course, wasn’t dead as I am here writing this blog post!  Who me?  I had just slept through the night!  I have always liked sleeping!

Week #37 – Earliest Memory

Week 37: Earliest Memory. What is your earliest memory?

This challenge runs from Saturday, September 10, 2011 through Friday, September 16, 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.

HOBBIES – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

My main hobby as a child was playing with Barbies. 

I would spend a lot of time being her hairdresser.   However, women around the world can be thankful that I didn’t go into that as a job because my Barbies usually ended up bald!  I would cut a little from one side and then go to the other side and cut some there.  But the second side would be shorter than the first and so I would go back and cut more from the first side.  Then, it would be shorter so I would have to cut more from the other side!  This would be repeated until the doll was bald!Rolling on the floor laughing

When I wasn’t being her hairdresser, I would be a clothes designer!  I had bags of scrap material from my grandmothers that I would use to design clothes for Barbie.  I was better at this than I was at being a hairdresser!  Laughing out loud 

This eventually led to me sewing some of own clothes when I was older. 

Week #38 – Hobbies

Week 38: Hobbies. Did you have any hobbies as a child? Which ones?

This challenge runs from Saturday, September 17, 2011 through Friday, September 23, 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.

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.