May 08, 2013

Hodgepodge Nostalgia

1. When the children of today grow up, what do you think they'll say about this period in time? What do you most hope they remember?
~ I am not at all sure what they will say or what I hope they will remember.  These are such turbulent and confusing times.  I guess I hope they overlook the bad and remember their childhoods the way we the very best of times.

2. National Teacher's Day is celebrated in the US of A on the first Tuesday in May, this year May 7th...share how a particular teacher positively impacted you. 
~ Mr. Giotto was my homeroom teacher all through high school.  He was also one of the boys' gym teachers and a coach for football and track.  Mr. G was a hottie back in the day....a real Italian stud muffin....but that's not why I feel lucky to have had him.  As a homeroom teacher, he didn't actually teach us a class.  His duties were to take attendance and once a month when we didn't have Wednesday morning activity period to talk to us, sort of as a guidance counselor.  Most of the homeroom teachers didn't do that.  Mr. G did, though.  He took the time to get to know us, find out what was happening in our lives, talk to us, and listen.  He wasn't a whole lot older than us so it was kind of like having a big brother.  Once in a while on those Wednesdays he'd get our homeroom together with the homeroom of another gym teacher and we'd play volleyball and we girls would make snacks and bring them in.  We were pretty much family in Mr. G's room.  I didn't stay in touch with him, but to this day when I run into him anywhere he remembers me and I get a big bear hug.  

3. What's a dish your mama made, that if set in front of you today would whisk you right back to childhood?                                                                         
~ Hungarian goulash.  Mom used a recipe from a set of cards given as premiums at a gas station (remember when gas stations gave you things for filling up the tank?).  It has a lot of spices and wine and was really quite the gourmet meal back in the 70s.  Mom used to make it when we lived in the wildlife preserve and had a crowd of research staff and students to feed after a hunt.  I found the same set of cards at a flea market not long after Tim and I were married and I continue to make the goulash a couple of times a year.

4. Mother May I was a game we played when I was growing pieces, parts, or plugs required. What games from childhood do you remember loving that were also pieces, parts, and plug-free?

~ Freeze-tag, Red Light-Green Light, Hide 'n' Seek, 

5. Besides your own mother, tell us about a woman who influenced you as a child?
~ That would be my grandmother, whom I called Nana.  I wrote about her (and my grandfather) here.

6. Mamma Mia! What's the best play or musical you've ever seen? 
~ It's got to be, hands down, Grease for me.  The movie with John Travolta and Olivia Newton John was HUGE my senior year of high school.  My class song was even "We Go Together" from the closing scene.

7. What are three smells that make you feel nostalgic?
~ Camay soap reminds me of my dad's mom's house.  There is a smell I can't describe, a combination of dampness, pine, and I'm not sure what else that smells like the log cabin up the road from my grandparents' house.  And fresh cut wood takes me back to hours spent in my grandfather's workshop.

8.  Insert your own random thought here.

~ Getting some more tests done electromyography and nerve conduction velocity on either my arms or legs (I'll have it done to which ever extremities they don't do today on Monday).  It's another step in trying to find out why I'm experiencing tingling in my hands and feet.  I've already had a ton of bloodwork.  I had upped the dosage on my prescription over the weekend, but stopped taking it yesterday and last night went back to the lower dosage.  I did that because while I really like the effects of the lower dose, the higher one made my body hurt so much I could barely make myself walk across the room and yesterday morning my mind felt....well, not right.  I don't know how to describe it.  Sure hoping this gets figured out soon.  This getting older business is not for sissies!


Jill said...

Hope your tests give you some answers soon! And freeze tag was always one of my favorites.

Laura Anne said...

Ahhh, another HodgePodger with a nana! My grandmother was known as 'Nana' too!

Hope your medical team find some answers for you.

Joyce said...

Grandmothers are special. I called mine Gigi and I miss her a lot. I hope you get some answers to your medical issues!

retired not tired said...

Hope your tests help find the answers you need. My grandmother was also my influence.

Rebecca Jo said...

Hope your tests give some answers... I had tingling in my hands & feet last year. They said it was peripheral neuropathy. Never could find a reason for it. I just kept exercising to try & get blood flow to the extremities - it worked for me. I refused medicine though - I felt like it would cause more problems. So I looked into herbal supplements.

let me know what you find out. I'd be interested in it.

Getting old just BITES!

Chatty Crone said...

That is cool about your grandma - I hope my grandson remembers me! lol

Hungarian goulash sounds delish.

I forgot about freeze tag - we played that all the time.


Nani said...

Grease is a fun musical. Camay was the soap my Grandma used. Dial makes me think of mu grandfather.

Sending good thoughts and prayers for your tests.

Faith Lohr said...

What a fun post! I loved learning a bit more about Mr. Giotto. I knew him from passing in the hallway but never had him for class. I had his late wife, Mrs. Giotto for health and gym and she was just as wonderful as you described him to be. Her story ended so sadly.

I remember Freeze Tag, Hide n Seek, Red Light Green Light...I also liked Ghost in the Graveyard and we played this game called "Troll" bridge down at the farm using the shadow of the volleyball net as our bridge. :-) Fun times!

Praying they get everything straightened out with your tingling sensations soon and you will be completely healed.

Teri said...

Growing old stinks. But the alternative stinks worse. Hope you can find some relief for your discomfort...Living on a wildlife preserve must have been awesome.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

I forgot about Red Light, Green Light and Freeze Tag. I still love watching Grease, such a fun movie. Praying you can find the answers to your tingling.

Beth Zimmerman said...

Sorry you're still battling health issues! Praying for answers and relief soon!

I love the smell of pine trees and salt water.

Veronica and Daniel said...

how could I forget freeze tag?!?1 Best game ever ;)

Stacy said...

Thanks everyone for the concern and well wishes on the tests. I didn't have any problems yesterday. Round two is Monday then I will have to wait until my appointment on June 13 to find anything out, I am sure.

Laura Anne...I'm carrying on the tradition. My granddaughter calls me Nanny.

Rebecca Jo...The doctor told me the most common cause of neuropathy is "unknown." Most likely a malfunction of the immune system. I will let you know what I find out when I find out.

Faith...I remember Mrs. G not being overly fond of us girls and our crushes on Mr. G. We all sent him carnations one Valentine's Day and she about had a fit. Lucky for us we sent them anonymously! lol Yes, it is so sad the way things ended, but I'm glad Mr. G is happy. Did you know he married a lady that used to work in the high school office?

Teri...the wildlife preserve was AWESOME!


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