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This photo contains one or more person(s) that I am currently unable to identify. If you can provide any informaion (even a guess is a starting place), please email me at Genealogy@ksthompson.com with your information!

The photos in my unknown photo collection could come from either my mother’s family (Treat, Lawrence, and related family lines) or my father’s family (Thompson, Stout, and related family lines).

Also, my Great-Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons was a school teacher in the Springdale schools for many years so some of the photos may be of her students.

Illness & Injury – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Illness and injuries have greatly affected my personal life unlike the previous week’s natural disasters.  Many of my readers will remember my ongoing saga with my knee last year which has really been my only significant injury.    I do have arthritis and some problems with my back but nothing that generally stops me from doing my daily activities – it interferes way more than I would like but so far hasn’t stopped any of them.

My brother broke his arm when he was about 5 (and broke the cast a couple of times after that but that story shall remain in the immediate family for a few more years anyway!).   He also had an injured knee when a drunk driver hit him one rainy night when he was in high school.  But so far, he has managed to not have too many injuries.

My sister had a few minor injuries and one set of stitches just over her eye when she was about 9 or 10 because she was watching a bird in the tree instead of my cousin hitting the baseball but again no serious injuries.

Illnesses haven’t been so kind to our family.  Both of our parents are now disabled (Dad due to a heart condition and mom due to several different conditions).

My grandparents also had their share of illnesses.  Mom’s mother had many diseases including diabetes and heart conditions and eventually died after an 11-months several trips to the hospital.  She spent the last several weeks of her life in the Springdale Hospital in 1990.    She had many illnesses that caused her problems throughout her life as I remember it.  Dad’s father also had diabetes and died at too young an age from Lung Cancer.  Dad’s mother died from liver cancer in 2006.  Mom’s father died in 2004 after several weeks of illness.

Among the various aunts, uncles, and great-aunts and uncles, there have been many cases of cancer, diabetes, and arthritis to name a few of the diseases.  Our family doesn’t seem to get to live easy lives but we do persevere and most of us find ways to enjoy our lives regardless of our set of illnesses.

Week #11 – Illness & Injury

Week 11: Illness and Injury. Describe your childhood illnesses or injuries. Who took care of you? Did you recuperate in your own bed, on the couch in front of the television, or somewhere else?

Originally Published March 13, 2011

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This photo contains one or more person(s) that I am currently unable to identify. If you can provide any informaion (even a guess is a starting place), please email me at Genealogy@ksthompson.com with your information!

The photos in my unknown photo collection could come from either my mother’s family (Treat, Lawrence, and related family lines) or my father’s family (Thompson, Stout, and related family lines).

Also, my Great-Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons was a school teacher in the Springdale schools for many years so some of the photos may be of her students.

EMPLOYMENT – 52 WEEKS OF PERSONAL GENEALOGY & HISTORY

My first job was babysitting!  I was in high school and I would get $10 or $15  for watching some neighbor kids for the evening.

The next jobs I remember having were fast-food jobs when I was in college.  I worked for Arby’s for one summer and part of the next year.  I was working at the Springdale Arby’s during the time that the store burned!  I wasn’t at work for the couple of days before that because my mother was in the hospital but I remember the stress I felt when I found out it had burned!  I then worked at the Fayetteville store for a few months after that.  I didn’t like working at the Fayetteville store and quit within a couple of months.

I also worked another summer and part of the school year at Harp’s Grocery store.  I made the donuts during the summer at the Springdale and then I worked in the bakery as a clerk for a few more months at the Harp’s store on Garland street in Fayetteville.

The first “real job” that I had was as a graduate assistant at the University of Arkansas.  I was a research assistant for a couple of years and for two semesters I was a graduate teaching assistant who taught the labs that accompanied the class the professor taught.

Week #30 – Employment

Week 30: Employment. Describe your first job. What did you do? Were you saving for something in particular, or just trying to make a living? Did that first job provide skills and make an impact on your life today?

This challenge runs from Saturday, July 23, 2011 through Friday, July 29, 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.

Originally Published October 24, 2011

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This photo contains one or more person(s) that I am currently unable to identify. If you can provide any informaion (even a guess is a starting place), please email me at Genealogy@ksthompson.com with your information!

The photos in my unknown photo collection could come from either my mother’s family (Treat, Lawrence, and related family lines) or my father’s family (Thompson, Stout, and related family lines).

Also, my Great-Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons was a school teacher in the Springdale schools for many years so some of the photos may be of her students.

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.

Originally Published October 24, 2011

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This photo contains one or more person(s) that I am currently unable to identify. If you can provide any informaion (even a guess is a starting place), please email me at Genealogy@ksthompson.com with your information!

The photos in my unknown photo collection could come from either my mother’s family (Treat, Lawrence, and related family lines) or my father’s family (Thompson, Stout, and related family lines).

Also, my Great-Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons was a school teacher in the Springdale schools for many years so some of the photos may be of her students.

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.

Originally Published October 25, 2011

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This photo contains one or more person(s) that I am currently unable to identify. If you can provide any informaion (even a guess is a starting place), please email me at Genealogy@ksthompson.com with your information!

The photos in my unknown photo collection could come from either my mother’s family (Treat, Lawrence, and related family lines) or my father’s family (Thompson, Stout, and related family lines).

Also, my Great-Aunt Mabel (Stout) Parsons was a school teacher in the Springdale schools for many years so some of the photos may be of her students.

Commercials – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

I remember only a couple of commercials from my childhood:  The Oscar Mayer commercials, The Coca Cola commercials with the teach the world to sing song and the Where’s the Beef commercials!  As I grew older my favorite commercials were the Beer company commercials with the talking lizards and frogs!  I also used to love the Coke commercials with the cute little polar bears.  My favorites now are the Cox Cable company commercials with the little blue and white digital guys! 

However, in the last few years there have been some pretty stupid commercials!  A few of them within the last few years I am not even sure what the commercials were for!  I don’t understand if they were for a service, a product, for me to do something or not to do something?  I just don’t know!!

Then there are the current crop of commercials that just seem to think the American public is composed of people too stupid to come in out of the rain!  For instance, the commercial for the dishwasher pacs that displays a disclaimer that the commercial is a dramatization when it shows a construction crew in the dishwasher cleaning the dishes!  Really!! A dramatization!!  Who would think that!!

Week #21 – Commercials

Week 21. Commercials. Do you remember any commercial jingles from your childhood? Share them here.

Originally published June 4, 2011