The Father’s Heritage Journal Question of the Day:
What did you enjoy doing most as a child?
Did you enjoy doing it alone or with someone else?
Enjoy Most?? Its a toss up:
- Going to school
- Going to church with Grandma Smith (ages 5 – 10)
- Going to Aunt Harriet’s and Uncle Walter’s farm
- Building models of doll house funiture, ships, and rockets
- Reading SciFi novels
- Going to visit Grandma and Grandpa Booth
In school, I could be the teacher’s pet and often received praise for my accomplishments. The same held true for Sunday School.
Coming from “the city” (ages 5 – 12), Aunt Harriet’s and Uncle Walter’s farm was a great escape. When I visited, I would invariably wet the bed. I remember trying to hide it (just like home) by making the bed and putting my pj’s under the pillow. I remember being shocked when I discovered clean, dry sheets and clean dry pj’s folded and waiting on the bed in the evening. (This same bizarre behavior took place at Grandma and Grandpa Booth’s home.) I’d always cry in the backseat of the car leaving the farm (or grandma and grandpa’s).
I always enjoyed reading SciFi novels alone in my room. I also enjoyed, many hours building models in my room alone. My mother encouraged my reading and model building. My step-dad thought there was something wrong with me.
I never invited friends over. I never thought anything of this until much later in life.