Cee and I thought we’d share our answers to the Memoir section with you, just to get the ball rolling. I’m up first. Here I am at about 18 months. Wasn’t I adorable?
Here is a link to this week’s Week 1 – Reigniting a sense of wonder post.
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Where did you live? In northwestern Pennsylvania, in the same little town until I was a senior in high school.
Who took care of you? My parents, grandfather
Did you have any pets? Grandpa had a Scottie named Snookie.
What is your earliest memory? Walking through the woods to school and touching the larch tree branches because they were so soft. I loved picking tea berries and beech nuts and eating them.
What was your favorite book? I read so many but I don’t think I had a favorite. I learned to read almost before I could walk. I don’t remember learning to read. It was always just a part of me.
What was your favorite toy? I don’t remember. American Bricks, maybe. I liked to make houses.
Describe a smell you remember from this stage of your life. Cinnamon toast and my dad’s Old Spice after shave.
What was your favorite food? I don’t remember. I know we always ate a lot of sauerkraut on New Years and my mother made a special danish pastry for Christmas. My Grandmother liked to make an apple filled coffee cake that was super good. I don’t know if I had a favorite food, though.
Describe a sound from this period of your life (a voice, a song, a train whistle, a dog’s bark, etc. . . .) The choir at church. The sound floated down from the choir loft and was magical.
Describe a location where you remember spending time. My grandfather’s house and the woods around it. He felled the trees and built his own log house that was anchored on a big boulder. It was part of the root cellar and really kept things cold.
What other memories occur to you from this period? Did you discover anything in your Memoir that you’d like to explore in an Artist Date?
I didn’t really get a lot of detail or memories from this early in life. I did get sick with polio, so lot of what I remember centered around physical therapy at the local hospital. Although I must admit to a hankering for some cinnamon toast.
How is your memoir coming along? Have you started it yet?