Throwback Thursday – Skills


Throwback Thursday – Skills


Today’s questions to think about is about our early skill learning experiences. Thanks, Lauren!



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 can’t remember actually learning to ride a bike, but I remember having training wheels on for a time. Eventually they were removed and I was riding. I do remember my first bike (I think), and for some reason it was a boy’s bike. Then I got a girl’s bike that was way too big. I tried riding it around in the kitchen, but that didn’t work. Then I got another one which was a better fit. I only remember one injury when I fell off, and I cut my knee. I still have the scar.

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 think I tried to play the plastic recorder horn, but no lessons. In 6th grade I got a violin and we did have lessons at school. I took orchestra classes from then on through high school. I played in concerts, and also competitions. I still have my violin, and can still play it. Every once in awhile I do take it out of the case. Both my girls play band instruments, and were in school music classes. Plus later on they learned to play guitar on their own.

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 was never in choir at school or anywhere else. I can’t carry a tune for anything – it’s bad. But I sing around the house on occasion along with songs on the radio.

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 took French classes at school for a couple of years, and can remember a few words. I know a bit of Spanish, just by hearing it a lot where we live. I picked up a few words and phrases in Germany and Japan, too. I remember some of that.

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?

I don’t do sports. I never liked sports. I failed in PE class. My girls tried a couple of sports I think, like gymnastics, soccer, or something for a little while. They weren’t too into them much. My oldest did like and become a cheerleader, which is actually a very demanding sport. She did this from kindergarten, through elementary, junior and senior high school and was very good at it.

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?

The only out of school lessons I took along these lines was baton twirling. I liked it and can still do a little of it. I just took it for fun when I was a kid. My girls both did the same with baton, also dance, tap, and ballet for a little while.

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 first used those clamp on our shoes type roller skates with a key to tighten them. I imagine I just skated around in the kitchen, or out in the street, as we didn’t have sidewalks. Later I got my own shoe skates and go to the roller rink every Friday with my friends. I was pretty good, and had lots of fun. Both my girls did the same, and they liked it a lot, too. They did have a regular Saturday morning skating class they went to.

*** Here’s me on my first bike (a boy’s!) when I was 7. The bike was okay but embarrassing because it was a boy’s and also I hated those ugly shoes I had to wear.

Thanks for visiting! Peace

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12 responses »

  1. Nice to learn more about you. That is a cute photo. I am such a bad singer that in college, the choir director told me to mouth the words. 🙂 XO


    • Thanks, Ellen! It’s always fun to answer questions and to read others answers, too. Oh sorry you had to just mouth the words. That’s no fun. Here in the house it doesn’t matter how bad I sound! haha 🙂


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