On Saturdays, he has a special meme called "Saturday Night Genealogy Fun" and today's question to write about is:
a) What was your first illness as a child?
b) What was the first funeral you attended?
c) What was your favorite book as a child?
d) What was your favorite class in elementary school?
e) What was your favorite toy as a child?
f) Did you learn how to swim, and where did you learn?
These were the questions asked by Judy G. Russell during her key-note speech at RootsTech last week. You can hear her presentation here.
I have decided to answer the questions here and challenge you to record your answers either in the comments below, in your genealogy database, or in a Word document. This way you'll have something for your future descendants to find about you!
Lisa Hork Gorrell's Memories
A. My first illness that I know about was having scarlet fever. Our house was quarantined and I remember the doctor making a house call. I hated the tongue depressor he used to look in my throat. I always thought I was going to choke.
B. The first funeral I attended was my grandfather, Tom J. Johnston's funeral in 1973. I was 19 years old and we rode from the funeral home after the service to the cemetery in a limousine. The coffin was open at the funeral home and my grandmother was not too happy about it. But he looked pretty good--just looked like he was happily asleep. My youngest sisters were not allowed to go to the funeral. I didn't agree about that and took my daughters to funerals at all ages.
C. My favorite book as a young child was Little Bear with the beautiful drawings of Maurice Sendak. Later my favorite books were the Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. I was also very fond of mysteries: Happy Hollisters, Trixie Beldon, and Nancy Drew.
D. My favorite class in elementary school was Spelling. I often got 100's by writing over and over the spelling words. I also liked making up stories using the spelling words.
E. My favorite toy was anything to do with cowboys. I had a cowboy hat, vest, and pistol in a holster.
F. I didn't learn how to swim until I was in the 6th grade. I could get around okay in the pool using some sort of dog paddle. My mother put me into real lessons one summer and I learned how to swim really fast--my class was full of six-year-olds. I quickly got moved up to a class with older kids (though none my age). Funny how embarrassment can help you learn something fast!So what are your memories!
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