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Here’s this week’s challenge: Bedroom
Week 19. Describe your childhood bedroom. What furniture did it contain? Were there curtains, wallpaper or paint? Was it messy or clean? Did you share a room with your siblings?
This week, Mesa resident, R. Shawn Murphy describes the bedroom in his childhood home. He shared a room with his older brother for as long as he could remember. The two twin beds were covered with bedspreads that were green and blue, and they coordinated with the blue painted walls. There were gathered curtains at the windows and a large closet with double doors. Chore lists were attached to the inside of the closet doors. At night, the bedspreads were folded back to the ends of the beds and pulled up when they were carefully made in the morning. A good quality brown dresser, night stands, and a desk and chair for doing homework were in the room. Although equipped with a TV, stereo and phone, no food or drink was allowed inside the room. Clothes were not allowed on the floor, yet Shawn was messy, and his brother kept the rules. Shawn’s bedroom was not a place to play. He remembers talking on the phone, listening to music and using the room as a retreat to shut out parts of life he didn’t like.
It’s interesting that simple questions about a place or “space” in one’s life can reveal traits (messy), enjoyments (music, talking on the phone) and concerns (a retreat to shut out parts of life he didn’t like). It also gives the reader an idea about the mother’s sense of order and organization (chore lists and other rules for the room). Thus, more than a description can be gleaned by reading one short paragraph about a bedroom. This memory took only fifteen minutes to record.
Family History Challenge: Take time to record and preserve your own personal history as well as taking care of your family’s genealogy. Use these prompts, as you see fit, to chip away at recording your memories as well as life’s lessons learned for the benefit of future generations. Use your computer or record your memories on paper. If you have a blog, post them there.
Thank you to Amy Coffin of the We Tree blog for putting together this wonderful series. These prompts are listed on www.geneabloggers.com– a valuable shared community resource. Posts from other GeneaBloggers will be found there, too.
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Note: Examiner Carolyn Murphy resides in Mesa, AZ.
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