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

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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.

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.

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.

Bedroom – 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

When I was a kid and until I went to college actually, I shared a room with my sister.  We had twin beds, chests and toys when we were little.  We had a little corner of our room devoted to our Barbie home!  We spent many many hours in our bedroom playing with those Barbie dolls!

For one memorable weekend, there were also stripes of black tape across the room when we were fighting!  Then we finally realized that one of us was able to get to our clothes  but the other was the only one who could get to the door!  We made up and then the room went back to normal!

I don’t really remember any special decorations.  We had the usual teenage posters of the teen actors and singers but I don’t really remember which ones.  Our beds did usually have matching bedspreads.

Our room was usually messy!  In fact one of my most memorable moments is one day when I was about 9 or 10 and my sister was about 7 or 8  and were sent to our room to clean it.  We had been in there for a while “cleaning” our room and my sister went to get Dad to check her side because she was finished.

Dad came in and took one look and told her she needed to finish cleaning her side that she wasn’t done.  She looked up at him with her puppy-dog brown eyes and said “What’s wrong with it, Daddy?” I could see the smoke coming out of his ears!  He just turned around and left the room!

Mom came in a few minutes later and explained that my sister should really remove the giant pile of clothes from the floor of the closet and hang them up if they were clean or take them to the dirty clothes!  Then, she should clean all the toys she had shoved under her bed and piled beside it and put them in the toy bins!

My sister got her payback last year though when her soon with the same puppy-dog eyes looked up at her with his room completely covered in toy and looked up at her and asked what was wrong with it when she told him to clean his room!  She just didn’t seem to see why Mom and Dad found that so funny!!

Week 19. Bedroom. Describe your childhood bedroom. What furniture did it contain? Were there curtains, wallpaper or paint? Was it messy or clean? Did you share a room with your siblings?

Originally Published June 4, 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.