15 Day Blogger Challenge – Getting to Know the Blogger - Day 2
2. Where did you grow up? Small town or Big City?
I think it's safe to say that I grew up all over the place! LOL MOST of my childhood was spent in the small town of Oak Hill, WV. My paternal grandparents had a house in the country and I spent a lot of time there, but like me, they moved around a lot.
I went to 11 different schools growing up and that doesn't count bouncing back and forth between the same schools. I even went to a private school for a while.
My first school was in Oak Hill. I went to East End Elementary. It was the same school that my mother went to. (I even had the same 2nd grade teacher she had!)
I went to 2 schools in Elkhart, IN but I have no idea what their names were. In between those 2 schools I went back to East End.
Then I went to an elementary school in Beckley, WV. I think it was Central Elementary?? And then right back to East End......
After that I went to Collins Middle School in Oak Hill.
Then it was on to Hampton, Virginia to Robert E. Lee Elementary.
After that was Margaret Allen Elementary in Nashville, TN.
Then back to Hampton, Virginia to Mary Atkins Christian School.
Then BACK to Nashville to Two Rivers Junior High.
After that I went back to Oak Hill and back to Collins Middle.... LOL Keeping up???
Then on to Oak Hill High School.
I left there and went BACK to Nashville to Glencliff High School.
After that I went BACK to Oak Hill School.
Yep. That's 11 different schools!
The first house I can remember was in Fayetteville, WV. We stayed there until my parents split up either right before or right after I turned 5. I can't remember exactly how old I was, just that I hadn't started school yet. I know we were living with my Grandma when I started school.
I moved around a lot as a kid and my Mother and I lived with my Grandmother quite often. She was our refuge. We always ended up back at her house.
I used to think that it would be nice to spend my life in ONE place, but now I don't think so. I like the adventure of new places and new things. Maybe there is a bit of gypsy in me somewhere.... None of it is scary for me since it is the way I grew up. New faces and new places. I remember all the old places and faces, though. So many have left their mark on my heart in ways they could never imagine. It is easier these days to keep up with friends in other places. I have friends and family all over the place. I wish it would have been this easy back when I was a kid! LOL
I lived with my paternal grandparents for a while growing up. I stayed with them in VA and in TN. I leaned so much on them and my maternal grandmother. They were what counted as my stability.
I guess West Virginia will always be my "home place", though. I miss those mountains so much. It's been about 13 yrs since I went back. My kids have never been. Well, I take that back. Jacob was 1 when my Mother passed away and we went to Oak Hill for her funereal. The other time we went we left the older 3 kids with a sitter, not having the younger 2 at the time. I remember as we crossed into WV from VA "Country Roads" came over the radio. It was perfect.
I hope that works.
My Mother used to tell me how she would ride her bike to watch the men build the bridge.
I have I painting of the grist mill from Babcock State Park hanging on my wall right now. ;)
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And a huge THANK YOU to A Little Unhinged for putting it all together.