Question of the day from SKL

Outside of your family, was there anyone special in your childhood who really influenced your life?

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11 Responses to Question of the day from SKL

  1. Sue says:

    I can’t think of anyone off the top of my head. I don’t remember idolizing anyone or saying “I want to be just like him/her” partly because I was to scared to say anything!

  2. Joy says:

    I’m trying to think too. My grandma for sure but she’s family. I’d also say Paul’s mom, but that’s really family too. I have to ponder this one a while.

  3. Ellen says:

    One teacher gave me confidence in myself. she told me I was smart, had nice hair, etc. My mom never said that to us. That would make you vain. And that is ……. you all know 🙂 So suddenly, when that teacher came into my life, I felt I am someone. I was 9 years old.

  4. Gary says:

    Outside of my family, no. When I was a kid my family was VERY VERY close and my dad and grandfather were my idols. They are both gone now and I sure miss them! 😀

  5. Nikki says:

    Yes, my moms best friend Cathi. She was my 2nd mom, I was with her more than my own mom. My mom worked a lot and Cathi was a stay at home mom. She helped me through a LOT! I’ve known here since I was probably 9 or so and I have never lost contact with her. Now we mainly talk through Facebook, and when I go back home I always see her and her family. They all were like my family and treated me better than my real family!

  6. Lucy says:

    I can’t think of anyone offf the top of my head….

  7. SKL says:

    When I was a kid, there were two older, childless people who spent a lot of time with the neighborhood kids, and they were really a blessing. One was a married lady who wasn’t able to have kids, but she would have been such a great mother. We would go over to her house almost every day after work or on the weekends. She was so patient, really took an interest in each of us, and gently taught us her core values. To this day, she still remembers and talks about each of us and even sends us Christmas cards.

    The other one was an unmarried older man, and he shared with us his love for all things intellectual. Chess and other cerebral games, puzzles, quizzes, etc. He got one of my brothers interested in magic shows, taught us to play ping-pong and darts, etc. He always kept a stock of my favorite potato chips and we could go over there any time and feel welcome. I considered him a great friend until he died when I was 16.

  8. Just a Mom says:

    Our next door neighbor when I was about 3-5, Mr. Green. He was an older man and I would spend almost everyday at his house. But I was never allowed inside the house unless my mom or his wife was there because that just wouldn’t look right! I would help him pull weeds all the time and we would help out other neighbors when they needed it. He went out and bought me a little trophy and had it engraved with #1 Helper. He taught me that the best thing you can do for people is to lend them a hand when they least expect it.

  9. Tessa says:

    Immediately I think of our neighbor growing up in NE Minneapolis. From about age 8 to 14 years old. It was a young couple who worked at the U of M, but they were just down to earth and kind people. They had no TV, only people I knew, no microwave or dishwasher-just old fashioned. They grew their own veggies and she had a beautiful garden all around her house. She taught me how living simple is fun, how to garden, how to bake bread, and she read us stories sometimes, took us camping in the middle of no where. Their roommate was artsy-had his own printer press-and I loved art. She was just a great mentor and a great inspiration in my life.

  10. Tessa says:

    She gave me an opal ring too that her grandmother gave her..I wonder if they couldn’t have kids and why they spent time with us and she gave me something so meaningful…I was so angry and upset that when I gave birth to Ben-they took all my jewlry and that was the ONE piece that went missing-I filed a complaint-but they didn’t find it-had to be a nurse-this nurse I thought was rude anyways-that took it.

  11. joz1234 says:

    My husband’s family–we dated since I was 16. They had a tremendous effect on me as I was growing up.

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