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WEEK 1: PROMPT # 1 

My bedroom was pretty sparse. Remember bean bag chairs and shag carpeting? Did you have a color scheme or posters on the walls? Did you share a room with a sibling? What stuffed animals adorned your bed? Or what did your parents prevent you from doing to your room that made you unhappy?

WEEK 1: PROMPT # 2 

My favorite radio show was “Let’s Pretend” at 11AM on Saturday mornings. I still remember eating breakfast and listening to that show on the radio that sat atop the kitchen refrigerator. And running home from school to watch “American Bandstand.” What was your TV or radio like? Where did you sit? Did you have a radio or TV in your room?

WEEK 2: PROMPT # 3 

As a child I always wanted to take piano lessons. I searched the newspaper every week for used pianos for sale, but my parents didn’t have money for a piano, let alone for the cost of lessons. What about you? Did you play an instrument in school? Did you take lessons? Did you love it or dread it? Who taught you?

WEEK 3: PROMPT # 5

Spanking was not uncommon when I was a child. It might be for doing something I was forbidden to do or for telling a lie, or just for extreme misbehavior. What did you get in trouble for? Any excuses that got you out of it? What kinds of punishments did you receive?

WEEK 3: PROMPT # 6

Did you wear a school uniform? Did your Mom choose your clothes for you? What did you wear after school when you went out to play? Whether it was something from when you were little or the hottest thing in high school—what was your favorite piece of clothing you never wanted to give up?

Stories from Session 2