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A meme from Jana
1. What was your favorite childhood family vacation?

One summer we went to a river. Mum, my sister and I slept in the tent while Dad slept in the trailer that was attached to the car. We roughed it. We had no electricity. One night there was a storm and we all ended up in the trailer with Dad. Us girls, played in the river during the day. Once our buckets floated away down stream we were most upset. Dad waded down stream to get them. My sister and I cried even more. We thought we were going to get in trouble with Dad. When he came back with our buckets Mum told him we were upset enough already. He helped my sister and I build a dam with the river rocks so we wouldnt lose our buckets again.

2. If you knew your grandparents, what do you remember most about them as a child? If you didn’t know them, what stories do you remember being told about them?
We didnt have a lot to do with our grandparents. I remember my paternal grandparents house. Their kitchen/dining room that had a pew for us kids to sit on at the table, their lounge, where grandpa would sit in his chair. Their hallway that had huge family portraits hanging on the wall. I remember going out into their back yard and looking at their vegetable garden. When they came to stay at our house Grandpa would give me big hugs on the sofa in our lounge. They would nearly squeeze everything I had within me out. They were GREAT BIG bear hugs. But I didnt seem to mind too much.

With my maternal grandparents my Nana died when I was 5. After that time Pop use to sometimes come and stay at our house. He had been in the war and had a bad leg. His last horse before he died was a one room cottage. I had never seen such a small house as his. He lived on some land and I think there were horses. My sister cut her finger badly on his barbed wire fence.

3. Do you have siblings or not? What do you remember about growing up with or without them?

We use to fight like cat and dog my sister and I. We love each other dearly these days.

We use to play houses in our bedrooms and visit each other in our houses. During the course of growing up we shared a room at times and had our own rooms sometimes too. When we shared our room we use to sing each other to sleep.

4. What did you like best about summer vacation from school?

Christmas. Going to the pools with my sister.

5. Did you like school or dislike school? What is your most memorable school moment?

I liked the lessons and learning. I didnt like lunchtimes because from about day 1 I was teased and bullied by the other children. I turned into a loner. I was happiest at lunchtime if the library was open because then I could get away from the teasers. Whom teased me as I hang around the trees just outside the classrooms. In the library I could write out poems.

I remember the first headmaster at primary school he would come into my class sometimes and say “Oh theres my happy smiling girl. Working hard” I love to be praised by him.

I was shy (little wonder with the treatment I got from the other students) and once there was a Christmas party (?) in the next classroom which we, my class, were invited to attend. I went as it was school-time and expected of me but I remember crying as I didnt really want to be there.

I liked playing in the junior part of the school as my sister was there. We werent really allowed, which I thought was a stupid rule. Sometimes my sister and I would walk from one side to the other side of the path that was outside the classrooms with another little girl called Josephine apparently it was good for her to practise to walking. She had one leg shorter than the other and possibly had cerebral palsy. My sister and I befriend this girl and use to spend lunchtimes walking with her.

I was excluded from games like jump rope and knuckle bones. It made me sad. At one point I got my own set and played by myself in the clock-rooms.

I had a crush on a guy at school. We held hands once in class and got told off by the teacher. After that he went right off me. There was a school dance and it was girls chance to ask a boy to dance. I asked this boy he accepted. It was a make up your own dance and he insisted we dance across the room as Egyptians. I didnt want to I was very embarrassed. I think I did it. It was also enough for me to leave him alone after that. Everyone at the dance had laughed at us.

By the time I went to high school I was well and truly a loner. I was timid and shy. Occasionally of the girls would befriend me but it never lasted. One girl in particular lost her mother and after she came back to school after the funeral it was like shed changed. She didnt want to be my friend anymore. She just use to hang around with the rough girls.

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