New Things

Throwback Thursday, this week is from New things like riding a bike, learning a language, or learning a musical instrument.

1. When did you learn to ride a bike? Were you self-taught or did someone teach you? Any major injuries on the way? Did you master the skill? Do you still ride? If applicable, did you teach your kids? I think it was my dad who taught me to ride a bike, but I can’t really remember. I was a postwoman for eighteen years, and part of that job was riding a bike on my round. Although nowadays postmen and women use vans to get around their route.

2. Did you learn to play a musical instrument? At what age? Who taught you? How often did you practice?   Were you in band at school? How good were you? Do you still play? If applicable, did you encourage your kids to play? I played the recorder badly, but I was part of a group, who performed at my local entertainment centre. If I remember rightly, I was right at the back, hoping I didn’t play a wrong note.

3. Did you sing in a choir in church or at school? At what age? How often did you practice? Did you enjoy it? How good were you? Do you still sing with others? I sang in a choir for the elderly. Let’s put it this way, it’s a good job most of them were deaf. I cannot sing, my tone is too high, and I sound like a squeaky mouse. I enjoyed it. My children don’t sing either, but they aren’t tone deaf like me.

4. Did you have formal instructions on speaking a second language? Were you fortunate enough to be raised in a house with two or more languages? Did you learn a second language in school? Are you fluent in more than one language? I learnt French at school. I could write in French and speak, but I have forgotten all I learnt.

5. Did you to play on a sports team or learn martial arts? At what age did you start? Did a parent become a coach? Did you practice at home? Do you still play sports? If applicable, did you encourage your children to play on a team? No, I hated sports and so do my children.

6. Did you ever take dance, tap, ballet, baton, cheerleading, etc. lessons? When did you start? How long did you take lessons? Did you practice on your own in addition to the lessons? How skilled did you become? Did you encourage your children to do the same? I learnt to ballroom dance when I was about seven years old. I did win a silver medal in the Rhumba, but quit when I was asked to dance with a five year old. I loved watching movies with dancing in, especially Gene Kelly.

7. Did you learn to roller skate or ice skate? Did someone teach you or did you take lessons? At what age did you learn? Did you become skilled  quickly? Can you still skate? Did you teach your children. I learnt to ice-skate, but spent most of the time on my bottom than skating. I held on to the side mostly. My children have gone ice-skating, but not in a while.

Published by writerravenclaw

I am a fifty something mother of two grown up children, and one beautiful grandchild. I have been married for nearly thirty-four years. My first book was published ten years ago. I wrote my book Sticks and Stones because of my experience of being bullied at school.

One thought on “New Things

  1. My mom was a mail carrier. She had a foot route. I cannot imagine handling those mail bags on a bike! I, like you, love movies with dancing – especially Gene Kelly movies. What a delight he was! I always dreamed of becoming a ballroom dancer but never took any lessons. I am content to watch now.

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