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Journal Jar – Favourite Animal? Why?

What is your favourite animal?  Tell why.

Oh! This is another hard one.  I have a few favourite animals but I really don’t know why I like them.

I’ve always loved dolphins, I don’t know why but I always have.  More recently it’s been because of the evidence which shows that they interact very well with disabled people.  Certainly, Adam enjoyed it as much as we did and interacted really well.

I also like dogs, lions, elephants, giraffes …


Journal Jar – Worst Holiday Memory

What is your worst holiday memory?

When I first read this prompt, I thought it meant holiday as in Christmas, Easter, New Year etc. and maybe it does but then I wondered if it maybe meant holiday as in vacation.  As it is an American prompt, I was probably right the first time as otherwise it would say vacation, yes?

So, I’m going to take it to mean my worst Christmas, Easter, New Year, or whatever, memory.  I’ll be honest, I don’t have any really bad holiday memories and I’m probably really scraping the barrel here but my worst holidays are the ones when my husband isn’t here or when Adam has a migraine and ends up throwing up everywhere.  To be fair though, even those occasions aren’t all that bad.


Journal Jar – Special Skills

What special skills did you learn as a child? Who taught you?

Cooking and baking – they are special skills, right?  My mum and grandma taught me to cook and bake.  They also taught me to read recipes and adapt them if necessary.  Also, to value to the recipes which have been handed down through the generations and pass them on.

My mum also taught me to swim and ride a bike.

My family taught me the importance of listening to and not judging people when they are upset and need to vent.


Journal Jar – Best Subjects at School

What were  your best and worst subjects in elementary school? In middle school? In high school?

OK, this is what I get for getting my journal jar prompts from an American site.  Elementary, middle and high school?  We have infants, junior and senior or primary and senior.  Just need to do a quick bit of research…

According to Wikipedia – Education in the US, elementary school is the same as primary school in the UK, from 5-11 or 12, middle school (or junior high) is from 11-14 and high school is from 14-18.

So, here are my answers to today’s prompt:

My best subjects in primary school were Maths, English and Geography.  My worst subject was definitely History, I could never remember all the dates of the Kings and Queens of England!

My best subjects in what we now know as KS3, were still Maths, English and Geography but I also enjoyed German.  My worst subject was still history and I gave History up when I chose my subjects for GCSE.

So, on to the high school age group.  This is actually quite hard as in the UK we split high school into the GCSE part – up to age 16 – and then, if you wanted, you can leave and go to work or you can continue to A-Levels.  My best subjects at GCSE were English and German, I also enjoyed Maths and Geography.  My worst subject was Physics, in fact I took the GCSE exam twice!  For A-Level, I only took English Literature, Geography and German and didn’t do very well at any of them.  I loved Geography though and would have gone to do a degree in Geography if I’d got the grades I needed.

Which were your best and worst subjects at school?  Do you like them now?
I actually quite like history now that I can choose which parts I want to learn about.  I still don’t know the dates for the Kings and Queens of England though 😉


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Journal Jar: Bicycle

Did you have a bicycle as a child? What was it like?

I learnt to ride a bike when I was 6 or 7 when living in Malawi.  The bike was second hand, blue, too big for me and didn’t have stabilisers.  I  remember my mum running behind me holding on to the back of the seat while I got my balance before letting go.  Just as well it was too tall for me as mum didn’t have to bend down.

My second bike was a second hand purple Raleigh Chopper.


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Journal Jar: Cousins

I still have my journal jar prompts and will be posting more posts using them in 2016.

Do you have special childhood memories of playing with cousins? Talk about them.

Most of my memories of playing with cousins are from when we were all quite young.  As my family lived in various countries when I was growing up, we didn’t see our cousins very often.  We didn’t keep in touch very well either as we didn’t have all the internet technology to keep us together.

However, I had quite a close friendship with one of my cousins.  He is 8 months older than me.  When I went to boarding school my grandma was originally my guardian and I would go to her house every weekend.  My cousin would come over with his parents every Sunday for dinner and we would play in the garden.  He taught me how to throw and catch a ball – I was rubbish but as I was on the rounders team it was a useful skill to have.  I taught him how to roller skate and we’d go up to the park and roller skate through it.


Frightened? Me?

Journal Jar I haven’t posted a Journal Jar post for a while so I thought I’d post one this week.  The next prompt out of my jar is:

What can frighten you the most and why?

A lot of things can, and do, frighten me.

Drivers not paying attention and doing silly things;

My son growing up and walking to college on his own;

Leaving my son one day in the hands of, essentially, strangers and hoping that they will care for his welfare without taking advantage of him.  This one is probably the one which frightens me the most.  I know every parent worries about their children as they grow up and hope that they won’t be taken for a ride but, the difference is, most children will speak up and take action.  Those of us with children with disabilities know that they don’t always do that.  So, I’m sorry, I’m going to be holding on to the apron strings as long as possible, even if it is a very long apron string when Adam finally decides he is ready to move out of home.


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Journal Jar: 10 – Siblings

Journal JarIt’s been a while since I wrote a Journal Jar prompt so I thought I’d do another one to put out there.

Did you wish you had more brothers and sisters? Why?

They say you don’t miss what you never had but sometimes I wish I’d had a brother although I was very close to one of my male cousins growing up as we were born 7 months apart.  He taught me how to catch a ball and play cricket – I’ll forgive him for hitting the ball into my eye one day – and we used to go roller skating together in the local park.

I was supposed to have another younger sister but that wasn’t to be.  I was still quite young when my mum was pregnant and don’t actually remember it, probably because she wasn’t really showing when she lost the baby at around 5 or 6 months and the outstanding memory of that time is having a carving knife dropped on my leg by my uncle while he was sharpening it!


Journal Jar 9: High School

Journal JarThe next Journal Jar prompt which I picked out of my jar says:

Describe a typical day in high school

I was at boarding school from Year 5 of primary school so my high school days started at 7 am when the wake up bell went off.  We would then get up and dressed and walk up to the dining hall for breakfast.  At 8.30 am we would have either a house meeting (Tuesday and Thursday)  or chapel (Monday and Wednesday) and a whole school assembly on Friday.

Lessons started at 9 am.  We would have 2 lessons then a 15 minute break; 3 more lessons then lunch break followed by 4 lessons before finishing at 3.50 pm.  After school I often did after school clubs including trampolining and basketball.  We would then have prep time from 5.40 pm to 6.30 pm before having a break for tea and then back in for another hour from 7.15 pm.

School chapel

School chapel