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Week 49: Historical Events
January 31, 2012, 9:51 am
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 49. Historical Events. Describe a memorable national historical event from your childhood. How old were you and how did you process this event? How did it affect your family?

Over the years there are many events that have that will be remembered, but here I want to share 2 of them.

First the Assassination of John F. Kennedy.  I was sophmore in high on that day.  For some reason I had been out of the classroom, when I returned the class was very quiet, and over the intercom I heard the radio.  I then heard that President Kennedy had been shot.  We sat in stunned silence for the remainder of that class, and just as the bell rang, it was announced that the President is dead.

The rest of the day is a blank, and we did have school the next day.  School was dismissed the day of the funeral, I remember watching the funeral on TV that day.  This is was major historical event in my memory.

I also remember where I was when I heard about the Challenger explosion, the shooting of Bobby Kennedy, and various other events.

In more recent days, September 11, 2001 along with the days that follow, is one of memory, and not just for the events in the New York and Washington, D.C. , but for events that affected my personal life.

That day started as many others, I was at work in the library at our Middle School.  My friend and pastor called to tell me to watch the TV, to see what was happening in New York.  I switched on the TV, and quickly realized that this was something to bring to the attention of my administration. Because of state meetings most of the adminstration were in Topeka.  It happened the administrator in charge was in our building and I shared this with her.  We became aware that we were in a National Crisis, but we also had our own local crisis to deal with as well.  That day we informed that there was a prison escape, and our building was put under lock down, to be sure he did not come to the school.

That day was spent trying to keep an eye on the news, keep students calm, and as normal as possible.  I was also helping to plan and prepare for a community prayer service that evening.

At the end of that school day, as I am leaving the building I was overwhelmed with the feeling that as I walked through the doors of the building my world was completely changed.  It was the same feeling I had when I was leaving the hospital after my husband’s death.  I was in a safe haven and what was outside those doors would never be the same.  I had to move forward as I could not stay in one place forever.

That evening the community service was held.  The next morning I went out to get my car to drive to work and I had no car.  As I looked in the garage, I thought “Did I walk home last night, leaving my car at the church?”  It took a few minutes to comprehend that my car had been stolen.  I called work and told them I would be delayed, as I was waiting for the police to report my stolen car.  My car had been stolen by the escaped prisoner. My experiences dealing with this are another story.

Not only had the World changed at a National Level, but it also changed for me at a personal level.


Week 48: Thanksgiving
January 30, 2012, 10:19 am
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 48. Thanksgiving. What was on your family’s Thanksgiving table? Do you serve the same dishes now as your family served in the past?

Most of the time we ate the tradition Thanksgiving Dinner.  We would have a huge turkey with stuffing and dressing, green beans with bacon (not the casserole), candied yams, mashed potatoes and gravy, a waldorf salad, something made with cranberries, a relish plate and to top off the meal pumpkin pie with whipped cream.

We would have family dinners, although there were times when we would join friends to celebrate the day.

After our marriage in 1975, our Thanksgiving was at Grandma’s house, and so I did not have the opportunity to prepare the turkey.  She would let us bring some side dishes, but she fixed the turkey and dressing.  Over the years, it took on the job of dishwasher that was my contribution to the dinner. As the years passed and she was unable to prepare the meal, it purchased, and we still had Thanksgiving at her house until her death in 2001.

Several years ago I was going to have my family and a few others in for the Thanksgiving Dinner.  It was quite an experience.  My oven had been on the fritz from some time and I decided if I was going to have Thanksgiving I need it repaired.  The first effort didn’t get it fixed and so the part to repair the oven was to arrive after Thanksgiving.  So how do you fix a Thanksgiving Dinner with out an oven.  A roaster was purchased and the stove top and numerous crockpots were used to fix the dinner.  I discovered the roaster could be used for baking and it heated rolls and cooked other items for the dinner. Even with all of the hurdles a Thanksgiving feast was put in front of the family.  A couple of new things were added a potato casserole, and some appetizers, otherwise it was my traditional Thanksgiving Dinner.

Just remember that Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, the food is not as important as the time spent together with the family.

Week 47: Fall
January 30, 2012, 9:58 am
Filed under: 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History

Week 47. Fall. What was fall like where and when you grew up? Describe not only the climate, but how the season influenced your activities, food choices, etc.

For many people fall is the time of changing colors of the leaves.  Living in the state of Kansas much of the state does not have plentiful stands of trees, so our changing colors comes in other forms.

Fall for me was the time for a new school year, a time to buy new clothes, get the new books for school and the fall school activities to begin.  On the farm it was time for the fall harvest of corn and milo.  The fields of corn were drying up as the corn matured, and the milo was turning the fields to the bright red color.  The garden was giving up it final produce and extras were being canned.

Week 46: Politics
January 30, 2012, 9:50 am
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Week #46 – Politics

Week 46. Politics. What are your childhood memories of politics? Were your parents active in politics? What political events and elections do you remember from your youth?

Politics is a difficult topic for me.

As I was growing up, my father kept up with the world and state and local news.  He read about it and listened on radio and TV.  He always encouraged us to participate in voting but was not involved with political activities.

I was in college when I reached voting age. I remember listening to debates on campus about the various candidates.

One of my problems is I will not declare a party, because of this I cannot participate in the primary elections only general elections.

I do want to make my voice heard on local, state and national issues.  No matter the out come I will support the winning candidate or issues.

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