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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #32 – Dinner Time

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.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #31 – Grandparents’ House

The house I remember from my Mom’s parents (Grandma and Grandpa Treat) was their house on the Don 1 Tyson Farm in Springdale, Arkansas. They lived in that house from around the time they moved to the Springdale area from Big Flat, Arkansas until the mid 1980s. The house was an ordinary house that sat in the corner of a chicken farm. They had a few chickens in the yard much of the time, dogs, a milk cow, and some pigs. I loved visiting them.

The house is no longer there. It was torn down in the early to mid 1980s and they were forced to move to other homes as they continued to work for Tyson’s until my grandfather retired a few years later. The farm was removed when the Tyson Sports Complex was built in that area.

The house I remember from my Dad’s parents was the house at 205 Old Wire Road. It later became 316 Old Wire Road (Same house just a different address when Springdale was renumbered due to the installation of the 911 system in the area. The house was a few houses from the corner of Brogdon street where my Great-Grandpa Stout and his sister, my Great-Aunt, Mabel Stout Parsons lived. So, when we went to visit my grandparents we could walk up and visit them as well. In the late 1970s or early 1980s, Grandpa Thompson built a porch on the front of the house and then later closed in part of the carport and added another room to their house. Grandma lived in the house until her death in 2006.


 

Week 31: Grandparents’ House. Describe your grandparents’ house. Was it big or small? How long did they live there? If you do not know this information, feel free to describe the house of another family member you remember from your childhood.

This challenge runs from Saturday, July 30, 2011 through Friday, August 5, 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 #30 – Employment

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.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #29 – Water

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.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #28 – Summer

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.