SNGF: When I Was Young Part 1

SNGF: When I Was Young Part 1

I’m playing a bit of catch up here.  Randy Seaver’s Saturday Night Genealogy Fun from a couple of weeks ago used Alona’s meme “Where I was Young”.  This is the first part of that meme.

1) Do you (or your parents) have any memorabilia from when you were a baby? (ie. baby book, lock of hair, first shoes etc.)
I have my baby book. It is only partially filled. I was the last of 5. My Mom didn’t have much time to fill it in.

I also have my birth announcement card with my photo from the hospital.

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2) Do you know if you were named after anyone?
My middle name Ann was after both my grandmothers.

3) And do you know of any other names your parents might have named you?
My Mom’s first choice was Angel. UGH! I can’t imagine going through life being called Angel. I am glad she settled on Melody.

4) What is your earliest memory?
One of my earliest memories is going to see the Jungle Book with my Grandma Shellabarger. Our whole family went. It was shown at the Grand Theatre in Oakland, CA and I remember swivel chairs which I thought were so cool. The movie came out in October of 1967, so I was 3 years old.


5) Did your parent/s (or older siblings) read, sing or tell stories to you? Do you remember any of these?
My Mom must have read to me, but I don’t recall it. Our house was filled with books. They were a part of my life from early on. We have a multi-volume collection of children’s stories with all the classic. I went through those books many times long before I could read.  I wrote my name on the page that began the story Heidi.

As for music, both my parents loved music. My siblings were into it as well. The record player and AM radio were always on. My parents were not into singing or playing instruments, but my older siblings were. We were always breaking out to song. Campfire songs, school songs, folks songs, the songs from the soundtrack to Woodstock, TV show theme songs.

We still sing together. If one starts a song, another will surely join in. Soon you have 4 Lassalle’s (my oldest brother never sang) singing off key.

Thanks for this challenge, Alona and Randy!

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