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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #37 – Earliest Memory

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.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #36 – Road Trips

Road Trips were a big part of my childhood memories.

We would often pile in the car and go “driving around” on a Saturday or Sunday when I was a kid. There were three kids in the back and Mom and Dad in the front. There was usually a stop or two along the way for some drinks and snacks. Sometimes the drive would be for an hour or so and sometimes we would drive for most of the day. Usually these drives didn’t even have a specific destination. We would just drive out of town and get on a country road and find out where it lead! Sometimes we would drive to area lakes and look at the water for a while. Sometimes we would drive to places my parents had been when they were children. There would be fights for the he’s touching me or whatever, there would be singing along with the radio, and there would be long in-depth discussions about what was going on in our lives. These were times when there was nothing else to do but talk to each other! There weren’t any electronics to take in the car then! We just had each other! I think kids today are missing something by not spending that kind of time with their families (but then again who could afford to go driving around today with gas being over $3 a gallon!).

Another road trip that occurred fairly regularly for us was the drive from Green Forest to Springdale/Rogers. When I was in fourth grade, we moved to Green Forest. We would make regular trips from Green Forest back to NWA to visit my grandparents. Both my mom and dad’s parents living in NWA. The trip would take about an hour to an hour and 1/2 and was pretty much like our “driving around” trips except that we could usually get our parents to stop at “Jim’s Drive-in” on the edge of town for lunch before we left town! Love their burrito supremes and hamburgers! They had wonderful food!


 

Week #36 – Road Trips

Week 36: Road Trips. Describe a family road trip from your childhood. Where did you go and why? Who was in the car? How did you pass the time?

This challenge runs from Saturday, September 3, 2011 through Friday, September 9, 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.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #35 – Wedding

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.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #34 – Smells

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 & 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.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #33 – Nicknames

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.