Randy Seaver of Genea-Musings asks us to answer five questions this week:
1) Do you (or your parents) have any memorabilia from when you were a baby? (ie. baby book, lock of hair, first shoes etc.)
2) Do you know if you were named after anyone?
3) And do you know of any other names your parents might have named you?
4) What is your earliest memory?
5) Did your parent/s (or older siblings) read, sing or tell stories to you? Do you remember any of these?
1) I have pictures (quite a few), some teeth (yuck) and a pony tail that was chopped off. Tied with a blue ribbon.
2) I was named after Miss Rheingold (beer) of 1949. Her name was Elise Gammon, and my mother thought she was so pretty and her name was so pretty. What interests me is that she had never heard the name before, but when I go back through my ancestry, I do find women named Elise.
3) If I had been a boy, they would have named me Alan. That seems so weird to me now.
4) It's hard to know what one actually remembers and what one has heard from stories told in the family. I think I do remember when my mother came out of the hospital with my baby sister -- I moved over next to my dad on the front seat of the car and put my arm around him, as if to say, the lines are drawn between me and this stranger. I remember my grandmother putting little pieces of cheese on the edge of the table, and I would pretend to be a mousie and sneak them off.
5) There was always singing in my house. I remember "I'm a little teapot," and "Jesus loves me," and many other songs. There was a little German game called "Hoppe, hoppe Reiter." I remember books about Rootie Kazootie and Polka Dottie, and other kinds of Golden Books. The first books I can remember reading myself were the Nancy Drew books. I loved them so much.
Can't wait until the next five questions --