May 16, 2010

Sharing Memories (Week 24): Hobbies, Lessons

This is Week 24 of our 52 weeks of Sharing Memories - A Genealogy Journey Journal. I hope you'll join us with your memories! Write them down - you don't have to share them. Your memories can be private - write them in a journal at home, or they can be shared publicly here on OliveTreeGenealogy Blog or on your own Blog.

This week I want to share my memories of childhood lessons and hobbies. As a young girl I wanted desperately to take piano lessons and ballet lessons. But we were poor and my parents couldn't afford them. So that never materialized for me. My sister wanted to take figure skating and she had to save her pennies to pay for her lessons herself.

I felt anger about my lack of lessons for a long time, then one day I thought "why am I whining about this?" so I signed up for guitar lessons - classical and folk. It was great fun and I loved doing it.

Then at the age of 41 I decided to take jazz dance lessons. I loved it! I took the lessons for a few years until my knee gave out. It was a dream come true for me. So sometimes we don't get our wishes or childhood dreams but we can make them happen later when we are adults.

What lessons did you take as a child? Did you enjoy them or hate every minute?


Mary said...

This was a good memory jogger for me, I also wanted piano lessons as a kid and wasn't able to have them. When I ws in my late 20's I started lessons and used my basic piano skills to teach the first book of piano lessons to the kids on my mission in Boliva and my companions who were more accomplished did the more advance students. It worked very well. I took more lessons when I came home. But when I married a fellow with 3 kids that was the end of my piano time. Some day I might pick it up again.

Ruth said...

I loved history as a child. I still do and it was this love that set me on the path to researching my family history.
I did ballet classes but unfortunately I didn't grow tall enough to make it into the corp de ballet, I did love the classes though.