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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #41 – Teachers

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.

 

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52 Weeks of Personal History & Genealogy: Week #40 – Trouble

If we got into trouble, there was swift and sure punishment. There were spankings for severe trouble but usually it would just be a talking-to from Mom and Dad!

My brother and sister and I got into the usual kid trouble but nothing very serious so I don’t have too many memories of being in trouble.


Week #40 – Trouble
Week 40: Trouble. What happened when you got into trouble as a child? What was punishment like in your home?

This challenge runs from Saturday, October 1, 2011 through Friday, October 7, 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 #39 – Least Favorite Foods

My least favorite foods are green vegetables! I still don’t like green veggies except for an occasional dish of green beans and lettuce. I also won’t eat any oriental food!

The thing I hate the most though is soggy things! Soggy bread or other squishy soggy foods literally make me gag!!

My least favorite foods have pretty much stayed the same since I was a child. I am not an adventurous eater. I like plain simple country-cooking.


 

Week #39 – Least Favorite Foods
Week 39: Least Favorite Foods. What was your least favorite food from your childhood? Did your parents make you eat it anyway? Do you still dislike the same food today? How have your tastes changed since your youth?

This challenge runs from Saturday, September 24, 2011 through Friday, September 30, 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 #38 – Hobbies

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!

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!

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.

 

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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.