Take time to record and preserve your own personal history as well as taking care of your family’s genealogy. Use these prompts, as you see fit, to chip away at recording your memories as well as life’s lessons learned for the benefit of future descendants. Use your computer or record your memories on paper. Amy Coffin of the We Tree Blog has authored this fine series of 52 prompts (one for each week of the year) to help you achieve your personal history goals. These make great prompts for interviewing relatives, too.
Here’s challenge #38: Hobbies
Week 38: Did you have any hobbies as a child? Which ones?
Linda Mackey, of Mesa, AZ remembers that she knit slippers, embroidered and crocheted rugs. “I remember I went to a ceramics class and made a vase for my mother (turquoise) and gave it to her for her birthday. She still has it in her China cabinet,” she said.
Lori Shumway, of Mesa, AZ answered this question by saying, “Anything crafty that I could get away with I would do. I’d put pictures on boards and smear glue over them. It looked shellacked when it dried. Grandma let us color, and she’d teach us how to make it look dimensional.” Lori also made sculptures of melted crayons. She’d melt wax and melt crayons and put in it to make the colors she wanted. Then she’d put ice in the containers with a wick to make candles.
Here’s Challenge #39: Least favorite foods
Week 39: 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?
Lori Shumway related a funny story when she said, “I hated chard. My aunt told me I had to eat it, so I stuffed it under my plate. When she cleared the plate, she found it and got really upset and gave me twice as much to eat. Then I got really sick one day, and all I wanted was chard, and I loved it. So I like chard a lot.”
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Note: Examiner Carolyn Murphy resides in Mesa, AZ.
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