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Throwback Thursday #54 – Raindrops on Roses


Welcome back to Throwback Thursday. Lauren had us dressed to the nines last week, so I thought this week we could be a little more casual and relaxed. I thought it would be fun to remember our adolescence and just think about a few of our favorite things.

This week’s prompt is: Favorite Things

Pick any period of your adolescence and think back to all your favorite things. Feel free to elaborate as much as you want.


Who was your favorite relative? Not to play favorites, but who was the person you connected with more than others? Aunt, uncle, cousin, grandparent, or parent? Why were you closest to them?

What was your favorite TV show? Share a clip if you can find one.

What was your favorite book or favorite family story?

What was your favorite, song, record, or album. Feel free to share a YouTube video of it.

Who was your favorite teacher? What grade were you in and what subject did they teach?

What was your favorite subject (not teacher) in school?

Who was your favorite (aka best) friend? What things did you do together?

What was your favorite way to pass the time?

What was your favorite holiday? How did you celebrate?

What was your favorite toy or possession? Doll, camera, radio, bicycle?

Bonus: What was your favorite adventure? Family trip, amusement park, field trip, or vacation perhaps.


Who was your favorite relative? Not to play favorites, but who was the person you connected with more than others? Aunt, uncle, cousin, grandparent, or parent? Why were you closest to them?

I had a lot of cousins, but I was not terribly close to any of them. I attribute that to the fact that no one in my mother’s nuclear family were very emotional, bordering on being a little cold I think. I was the closest to my paternal grandfather. He was my best friend until he passed away. He was my ‘gentle giant’. I learned so much about life and how to treat people just being in his presence. I still miss him terribly.

What was your favorite TV show? Share a clip if you can find one.

I loved the show “Where the Action Is”. It made me dream of living near the beach in California where all the cool teens were.

What was your favorite book or favorite family story?

I was always enthralled with stories about my family. My maternal grandparents spent years teaching agriculture in the Philippines, my paternal grandfather built railroad bridges all over the southeastern US, my paternal grandmother lost her mother at a very young age and ended up raising her siblings. I thought their lives were so interesting – it was hard to beat those stories.

What was your favorite, song, record, or album. Feel free to share a YouTube video of it.

“Spirit in the Sky” by Norman Greenbaum was and still is one of my favorite songs.

Who was your favorite teacher? What grade were you in and what subject did they teach?

I had several great and favorite teachers. My first grade teacher was Miss B. She was kind and gentle. I kept in touch with her for years, and she was always so sweet to me. My seventh grade art teacher was Mrs. M. She was progressive and fun and drove a corvette for crying out loud! Then there was Mrs. M (a different Mrs. M) who was my high school English teacher. Another kind and intelligent woman who would help me visualize the kind of person I wanted to be.

What was your favorite subject (not teacher) in school?

Art, band, and English were always where I felt creative and felt I excelled. They were my safe places.

Who was your favorite (aka best) friend? What things did you do together?

My best friend in high school was Cindy. She lived down the street from me and we hung out all the time. We were in the same class and graduated together. We lost touch when I joined the Air Force. Through Classmates, I got back in touch with her a few years ago. We communicated for a while and then she dropped off the radar again.

What was your favorite way to pass the time?

I joined the band. It occupied most of my time. Concert band was in the winter, and marching band in football season and all summer long. In the marching band I was in the color guard, in the concert band I played flute. All my other spare time was spent attending Civil Air Patrol meetings and events.

What was your favorite holiday? How did you celebrate?

It was always Christmas and it is still Christmas. A big tree, family, lots to eat, and SO much love.

What was your favorite toy or possession? Doll, camera, radio, bicycle?

Wow. I struggled answering this. I am realizing I was not attached to any things – maybe because I did not have a lot possessions. Even now, the few things I treasure were things that belonged to my parents or grandparents.

Bonus: What was your favorite adventure? Family trip, amusement park, field trip, or vacation perhaps.

We never took family vacations. I think my favorite memories are all the summer band trips we took. Canada, Virginia Beach, and opening day at Cedar Point amusement park every summer.

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36 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday #54 – Raindrops on Roses”

  1. Here are my answers, Maggie.

    1) My mum’s younger brother, Brian. Although he was twice my age in my teens, (he was 16 when I was born) he always treated me as an equal. I was welcome at his house any time, and got on really well with his wife too.
    2) When I was young, my favourite TV show was a police drama called ‘Dixon of Dock Green’. It seems very tame now.

    3) My favourite book was The Atlas of The World.
    4) I loved ‘Cry Me A River’, by Julie London. (Still do.)

    5) When I started senior school at the age of 11, my favourite teacher was Mlle Diligence, a French teacher. She had been in the Resistance during the war, and i thought she was fascinating. (She was older than my parents.)
    6) History.
    7) My best friend was also called Pete, and we did everything together. In our early teens, we double-dated, had our first drink in a pub together, and slept over at each other’s houses. He got married young (18) and moved away from London. I have only seen him once since 1970, but we still exchange Christmas cards.
    8) Reading books.
    9) Trips to France organised by the school. I went four times between the ages of 11-15.
    10) A 1930s typewriter that my mum got for free from where she worked. I loved that old Adler.
    Bonus) We didn’t really have adventures, but we went on family trips to seaside towns a lot, and I loved those.

    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. I enjoyed your responses, Pete. The television clip was fun to watch. I know you and I have chatted about Julie London before. What a voice. My grandmother had an old portable Underwood typewriter in a carrying case. I don’t know what happened to it, but I remember it well. It is so nice you are still in touch with your friend, Pete. Old friendship are such a gift.

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  2. I forgot to add family stories. I think your grandparents stories would have been fascinating. I know I loved hearing mum talk about her childhood, living abroad and coming back to England. She used to tell us stories about WWII as well and could name every dog she ever owned.
    “Spirit in the Sky ” was one of my husband’s favourite songs too.

    Throwback Thursday #54

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    1. Family history is som8nterest8ng especially where it intertwines with the events of the time. I am taking a writing class and the instructor often says we should think like a future ancestor. Interesting thought.

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  3. Your experience with your adolescent BFF Cindy is similar to mine with adolescent BFF Ruth. We lost touch when we went to college, decades later found each other via FB & chatted for a few years, then she disappeared, ghosted on me [figuratively not literally]. Talk about mixed messages.

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    1. I was amazed talking to Cindy as an adult. I always felt she had a difficult life, but she seemed to take all the blame in the difficulty with her parents. I tried to find her again when I was considering going to our reunion, but to no avail.

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  4. I am not answering the questions but adding that having my granddaughter start this week at a new high school has brought a lot of that experience back. I am glad that I can support her in a way I didn’t receive similar support for that challenging transition.

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      1. Thanks. Her first day report was about all the unbelievably cute boys. She has been home schooled until now and is rather astonished by the variety of male beauty surrounding her. LOL

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