“When I Was Young” Geneameme, Part 5

Here is the last part, Part 5, of Randy Seaver’s Genea-Musings  Saturday Night Genealogy Fun challenge with Alona Tester’s geneameme on LoneTesterHQ.

21. Is there any particular music that when you hear it, sparks a childhood memory?

I always think of my dad when I hear Roaring 20’s music and Al Jolson. He loved those songs and when I was very little, we used to “dance” to the music all the time. “Dancing” meant I stood on his feet while he moved to the music.

22. What is something that an older family member taught you to do?

Aunt Carole is a fabulous seamstress. One year during Easter vacation, I think I was about ten, she taught me how to sew a simple skirt. After that, I was hooked on sewing and began sewing some of my own clothes. My mother didn’t like to sew so as I got older, during summer vacations or on holidays, Aunt Carole would teach me to sew more sophisticated clothing.

23. What are brands that you remember from when you were a kid?

Maypo oatmeal, Ovaltine, Frosty Tiger and frosted flakes cereal, Good Humor ice cream, all of which are still around today.

24. Did you used to collect anything? (ie., rocks, shells, stickers. . .etc.)

My dad started me with “My First Stamp Album.” I collected and mounted hundreds of stamps over five years or so, but eventually, gave it up.

25. Share your favorite childhood memory.

My grandparents had a cottage on Little Sebago Lake in Maine and my aunt and uncle had a cottage on Lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. My parents would drive from New Jersey to New England every summer and we would spend a week at each cottage. When I was twelve, my friends on Winnipesaukee were all learning to waterski. I tried and tried, but just couldn’t get up out of the water on the skis. The following week, we headed over to Maine and my grandfather must have had the patience of a saint. He spent every afternoon in his putt-putt motor boat, pulling me through the water until I finally made it up on waterskis. Eventually, we all got pretty good and even learned to slalom ski. I can still feel the sensation of balancing myself in the water, feeling the boat start to pull me and then popping out of the water up on the skis. I wasn’t too fond of sports, but I loved to waterski.

This geneameme was a lot of fun, as it was a stroll down Memory Lane! Thank you, Alona and Randy.


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