Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Six Memories

It’s that time again!

Yes, it’s Saturday night and time for Randy Seaver’s weekly challenge on Genea-Musings.

Judy G. Russell, The Legal Genealogist, was a keynote speaker at RootsTech 2014. During her talk, she posed six questions for us to answer, but instead of sharing our ancestors, we were each to answer in terms of our own lives so that some of our own stories get told.

Randy’s challenge is for us to answer those six questions today:

1. What was your first illness as a child?

I am sure I had the usual fevers, colds, etc. when I was little, but the first illness that I remember that impacted me happened when I was seven years old. I had asked Santa for a big girl’s two-wheeler bike and I was both hopeful that he would bring me one AND that there would be no snow on Christmas so I could ride it.

Well, I got up Christmas morning and there was this beautiful pink and white Schwinn two-wheeler with pretty pink streamers hanging on the handle bars. I looked outside and the ground was clear – no snow!

I was set to go play almost immediately (we hadn’t even opened presents or had breakfast so that wasn’t going to happen) when my mother asked to look closely at my face as there were a couple of spots. She took a closer look at me, determined that I had chicken pox (it seems to me some friends had had it about that time) and, not only could I not go out to ride my bike on Christmas, I had to stay in for the whole winter vacation!

I promised to stay away from everyone, to no avail, and my beautiful new bicycle didn’t get taken on its first ride until January.

2. What was the first funeral you attended?

Nana was very religious and when friends passed away, she always attended the wakes and funerals. I don’t remember exactly how old I was, likely 7 or 8, when she took me with her to the wake and the funeral a day or two later. I have no idea who had died, but remember it was a man who looked very old to me.

Nana would have been in her 60s at that time and it seemed the man looked a lot older than her.

I remember little about the funeral except for the prayers and music. We didn’t go to the cemetery, but I would bet anything that the man was buried at St. Michael’s because most of her social circle all attended that church.

3. What was your favorite book as a child?

I absolutely loved to read, whether it was my school reader or one of my own books. A seasonal favorite was The Night Before Christmas. During the rest of the year, it was probably the book I was currently reading.

However, I did inherit the Nancy Drew mysteries, which my aunts and mother had all read when they were young, from my grandparents and I loved those stories.

4. What was your favorite class in elementary school?

I loved reading and gym, but my favorite class was probably Spanish. Miss Meyers came around once or twice a month and we were taught conversational Spanish. We were well trained to greet her with “Buenos dias, Senorita Meyers.”

I remembered enough when I began Spanish in high school that the first semester of freshman year was pretty much a review.

5. What was your favorite toy as a child?

I don’t think I ever had one, long term favorite toy. I loved my Patty Playpal doll when I was about six years old. I enjoyed riding my bike all over the neighborhood and when I was maybe ten years old, the rage became stilts.

We  all could walk around an entire city block on stilts without falling.

6. Did you learn how to swim and where did you learn?

I was introduced to swimming when I was a couple of years old. Between summers on Little Sebago Lake in Maine and taking swim lessons at the YWCA throughout my elementary school years, I became a proficient swimmer.

If we hadn’t moved from Passaic when I was in the middle of sixth grade, I would have been in the lifesaving class. However, there was no Y in Wayne, where we moved, so my swim lessons ended.

That’s it for this week’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun. Thank you, Randy, for another fun topic.


2 thoughts on “Saturday Night Genealogy Fun – Six Memories”

  1. Great memories! I always wanted to try stilts, pogo stick, and a unicycle, but alas, never did. I do remember now the roller skates we fitted on our shoes and that magic key that was so easy to lose.

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