Saturday, April 11, 2015

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun!

I'm participating in Randy Seaver's Saturday Night Genealogy Fun at   This is the second week in a genea-meme that we're doing, answering "When I Was Young" questions.  Would love to hear answers from other family out there.  I'll go first.  Leave your memories in the comments section at the end.  Here goes: 
It's Saturday Night,
time for more Genealogy Fun!!

Q6:   When you were young, do you remember what it was that you wanted to grow up to be?
I don't remember wanting to follow any certain path when I was very young. When I got into high school I somehow decided I should take shorthand and typing in order to get a job in the secretarial field. I did do that. And that led to studying business and into my career in non-profit management. 
Q7. Did you have a favourite teacher at school?
My favorite teacher in elementary school was Mrs. Gottemiller in 7th grade at St. Roch's. She was nice to everyone and encouraging.  I remember fondly several of the nuns at Chartrand High School. Sister Ann Margaret taught us shorthand, always smiling and giving special help if we got stuck.

Q8. How did you get to school?
In elementary school I walked to school with my sisters and brothers and everyone else in our neighborhood.  It was about a mile to St. Roch School, south side of Indianapolis, IN. We had crossing guards at each intersection and were instructed how to walk carefully.
In high school we rode a city bus that was chartered for the kids in our area. I went to Chartrand High School in Indianapolis, about five miles from home.
Q9 What games did playtime involve?
The games we played at recess in elementary school were kickball and dodge ball.
The kids in our neighborhood played baseball and football at the vacant lot at the end of our street. Mostly I remember watching those games.
On summer breaks I remember our neighborhood friends organizing plays or shows, hanging a sheet on the clothes line as the stage. Choosing who would sing or dance.  Don't remember much about the final product of these shows though.
And one of my best friends and I had imaginary horses that we groomed and rode.  We named them and had stables and performed.
The summers always involved catching lightning bugs in jars with blades of grass inside and punched holes in the lid for air.  We hoped they would be pets I guess.  I think we let them go in the morning, if they made it that is.  Also summer evenings we played hide and seek in the neighborhood.  
Canasta and Rummy and Monopoly and a marble board game that my Dad made out of spare pieces of Formica countertops were family games that occupied hours inside the house.

Q10 Did you have a cubby house?
My brother had a tree house that was at the furthest back line behind our yard, somewhat hidden. Sometimes I'd try to sneak up there when he wasn't around. And, for a time before my Dad finished the second floor, there were “secret” areas in our attic where one could hide.

Q11.  What was something you remember from an early family holiday?
I remember taking a family vacation to Wyandotte Caves in southern Indiana when I was about ten. The stalactites and stalagmites impressed me. I remember the coldness and drips on my head as we walked through the rooms in the caves. Maybe this one sticks with me because closed spaces are not my favorite experiences, or just that those formations were cool!

Q12.  What is a memory from one of your childhood birthday’s or Christmas?
For Christmas I remember the collection of Story Book Dolls that my Mom added to for several years for each of us three sisters. I also have great memories of gathering together at my Grandma Weber's house with all my cousins to see Santa (actually our Uncle Shad).
One Christmas when I was about eight years old I was chosen to be one of four children to escort the Baby Jesus to the manger on Christmas Eve at St. Roch Catholic Church, Indianapolis.

Q13. What childhood injuries do you remember?
The only injury I recall as a child was when I broke my arm in 4th grade. I was running into home playing kickball and the ground went down hill. I tripped and fell. I remember being in the hospital waiting room with my dad. It seemed like an eternity until they came to get me and put me on the table to cast my arm.  I remember the itching under the cast as the time went on.

Q14. What was your first pet?
We had cats that roamed outside and came home to eat or to show us their catch. You didn't know when you'd find a dead mouse or bird at the back doorstep.

Q15.  Did your grandparents, or older relatives tell you stories of “when I was young ..?”
No, I didn't hear stories of how my grandparents grew up. I sure wish I had. 
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