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S: Childhood Stories

FC: Childhood Stories | Written by Kathy Dunkin

1: Galen Budd Family Stories

2: Mom and Dad

3: Mom worked at Hormel Meat Packing Co. She was on the "assembly line" or bacon packing line. At that time, Mom was one of the very few working women. It often made her feel inferior instead of proud of being a very hard worker. | Dad worked at Boeing as a model maker and later as a supervisor. He usually worked swing shift (3ish to midnight). Sometimes he would rotate to day shift and grave yard. Boeing would have family days and we would get to go see the wind tunnel from the inside out. | Mom and Dad sacrificed their time together so that the three of us wouldn't have a sitter. Dad would pick us up after school and drive us to Mom's work. Then they would trade cars and Dad would go to work.

4: Neighborhood

5: W | Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s was a lot different than the 1990s or the 21 century. Neighborhoods were safer and neighbors were friendly. Our doors never needed to be locked until I became a college student. We moved three times during my preschool through adult years. Each neighborhood had different memories. In the first neighborhood that I remember, our house had a broomstick fence. Karen and I played in the yard but also out in the dirt road. Our second home was where Kevin entered the family. We lived across the street from Highland Park. We had many friends in our neighborhood. Dad made a bar-b-q pit in the backyard and our very own sand box. Our friends would come over to play. When we went to their houses we would pretend it was a circus. "All of us would do tricks with our parents watching us. We also had parades on our bikes. We would decorate them with paper streamers. One night I will never forget was when the garage next to our house burned down. Dad went over to help before the firemen arrived. It was very scary! The next move was in fourth grade. Each of us got our own bedrooms. with Karen and myself upstairs and Kevin downstairs. Our favorite activities were roller skating, pogo stick, stilts, riding bikes, and go carts. Roller skates clipped to our shoes and were tightened with a key. Dad helped us build a go cart using old wagon wheels and plywood. We had guinea pigs: two to thirty-six. Neighborhood dogs killed one of them and we found Brownie's fur a block away. Mom had a garden alongside the garage and one on the rockery. One year she painted the garage door many colors...it was a fun neighborhood but a lot of our time was spent down at Red Shield Youth Club.

6: Getting My First Haircut

7: My hair was in ringlets until I was five years old. Then Mom and Dad took me to a beauty salon to get my hair cut. We have a movie showing the change.

8: Learning to Ride a Two Wheel Bike | Instead of calling a bike by the number of speeds, we called our bikes by the how tall they were. Karen handed down her 24" bike and she got a 26" bike.

9: When I was FIVE years old, we lived on a hill similar to the one in the picture except that we had sidewalks. Dad held the back of the bike at the top of the hill. Without me knowing, he let go of the bike and I was riding ALL BY MYSELF! It was so exciting but I don't remember how I stopped.

10: Singing on the Porch | You are my sunshine My only sunshine You make me happy When skies are grey You'll never know dear How much I love you Please don't take my sunshine away | Jesus loves me! This I know, For the Bible tells me so; Little ones to Him belong; They are weak, but He is strong. | Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree Merry, merry king of the bush is he Laugh, Kookaburra! Laugh, Kookaburra! Gay your life must be Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree Eating all the gum drops he can see Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra! Leave some there for me Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree Counting all the monkeys he can see Stop, Kookaburra! Stop, Kookaburra! That's not a monkey, that's me!

11: Ha ha ha ha!!! Mom and Dad would disagree and Mom had the habit of yelling when she was mad. When I was four, five, six, and maybe even older, I would sit on the porch and sing as loud as I could so that no one would hear Mom.

12: The May Pole

13: In Kindergarten I led the whole school out onto the playground for the May Pole Dance. | Each class or grade level had their own flag pole. | Karen was in third grade and her class did the Mexican Hat Dance around their p0le...(I think. | It was an exciting event where all 600+ students got to participate. Parents came to watch.

14: Highland Park Elementary School | Our school was heated with radiators. In kindergarten or first grade I leaned on the radiator and imprinted the serial number on the calf of my leg. I was so embarrassed that I didn't tell anyone until I got home. | Elementary school was fun for me. We had the same kids in our classes from kindergarten through sixth grade. New students would transfer in but you never changed classes. In fourth grade our teacher ended up having a nervous breakdown. We had substitute teachers for two weeks each, the rest of the year. No one would stay on with us!

15: Metal Bars | Our school had an upper and lower black top playground. We also had a boys' side and a girls' side of the playground. It was different. Anyway, while playing in the fourth grade, I was being chased and fell on my face...the school nurse wasn't very good. By the time I got home from school, my lip was swollen and my face was skinned up so badly that Mom thought I had been hit by a car. That will teach me to run from the boys!!! | I loved math!

16: Neighborhood Park Highland Park

17: We lived across the street from the neighborhood park. There were swings, tether balls, a wading pool, a sandbox, a club house, a tennis court, and baseball/kickball diamonds. The swings were so much fun! They had flat wooden seats where we could stand up and "pump" or swing with two of us on a seat. One of us would stand up and one of us would sit down. I still love to swing!!! The clubhouse had a bottle cap game which was a wooden box with holes where you hit the bottle cap through. You tried to get your's to the opposite side of the box. Later, Dad made one for us. There were many contests at the park. One was a doll contest with one of the prizes going to the owner of the oldest doll. Karen won because Mom's doll was over 23 years.

18: Denny Jr. High | In junior high, I attended David T. Denny Junior High. Choir, orchestra, talent shows, and sports were the highlight of these years. Two historical events happened during this time: Seattle earthquake and JFK's assassination.

19: I lived through the first man on the moon, but the most memorable event was the assassination of President Kennedy. I was in English class with Mr. Ewing. He received a message and then turned on the TV. That was the topic for many, many days. It was horrible! | The physical disaster that happened and impacted me was the big earthquake in the 1960s, I was in the hallway and thought that I was getting dizzy. Then I realized that everyone was feeling it. Things fell off the ceiling in the lunchroom and various classrooms. A Seattle mill was destroyed and one person was killed. That was the first major earthquake in my lifetime.

20: In high school, I earned two awards: choir inspiration and Princess Sealth. The latter award was for service. Both were presented at our Senior Assembly. | Chief Sealth High School | Awards | Choir Inspiration

21: I received a feather with a note attached to it. It told me to arrive at school at a certain time. They told us we had been nominated for the award. We didn't find out who earned the award until during the assembly. It was embarrassing! | I was also Basketball Statistician at the home and away games. It was exciting!!!. | Princess Sealth Part of the responsibility was to represent the school and go to Chief Sealth's grave. We took a ferry to get there.


23: MUSIC | While growing up, music was important to me. The piano came into my life at the age of eight. The violin became a part of my life at the age of ten. In junior high and high school I sang in the school choir, the church choir, and a ladies trio. I loved the piano. I took piano lessons until my junior year in high school. Then at the University of Puget Sound I also took lessons for one year. During the younger years we had recitals at our teacher's home. It was always scary but it also was fun when the parents would clap. At UPS I remember having to play triplets with one hand and quarter notes with the other hand. I played the violin from fourth grade to ninth grade. At home, Dad was the only one who enjoyed my playing. At school, I was first or second chair. Our orchestra was quite good. Several of us made it into the Seattle Youth Symphony. It was quite an honor! In high school I quit the violin and joined the choir: Sealth Singers. I was honored to become Choir Inspiration. Three girls from church formed a trio and we sang in the school talent shows. As an adult I sang in a trio and we went around to various churches providing worship concerts. We also sang at the Seattle Center one afternoon. It was a great ministry! I love music!

24: Kathy | Kevin | Karen

25: Add other photos or stories that you have heard.

26: Swimming | At the Red Shield Youth Club, which was down the hill from our home, there was a swimming pool. We took swimming lessons there but first we learned to swim at Hick's Lake. At Red Shield, we learned many different strokes. Karen and I would swim laps...and laps...and laps. | Dog Paddle | Breast Stroke | Side Stroke | Butterfly

27: Along with swimming, I loved to dive. First, the instructors had us practice jumping of the board. Then we learned to dive after doing several belly flops. I even learned to do backward flips. One regret I have is that I quit and didn't go on to be on the swim team for diving. | Diving

28: Trampoline

29: Karen and I hung out at the Red Shield Youth Club whenever we could. One of the activities that I loved was jumping on the trampolines. Adults would "spot" us and give us clues as to how to do tricks. Flips, stand up/sit down, and turn around were a few of the skills that we learned. It was great exercise and a release of stress.

30: Cousins | Judy | Chuck

31: Two of our cousins, Chuck and Judy, lived in Renton. The rest of our cousins lived in Minnesota. So, we spent a lot of our weekends with them. We had picnics at Seward Park, Lincoln Park, and Woodland Park. Each park had their own special things to do. At Seward Park we ate and played fly up, fed the ducks, went swimming, or hiked. At Lincoln Park we played on the beach, played on the swings, and played baseball. Woodland Park had grassy hills where we would roll down, have races, or hide in the trees. We had a lot of fun! I went to Wisconsin on several of their summer vacations. The cabin we stayed in did not have running water: pump and outhouse! On the way one year, we stopped in Montana where there was a teeter totter. Chuck and I were on it and he got me up in the air and wouldn't let me down. I was so mad at him...but we really did get along well. On the Fourth of July one year, Uncle Mel got so mad at a kid throwing firecrackers that he chased him. A different year, Judy was driving and a big rig crossed the center line and she had to drive off onto a field. Wow, that was scary! I love Uncle Mel, Aunt Nonie, Chuck, and Judy.

32: Grandparents

33: Grandma Budd was a lot of fun. To visit us, she rode the train from Wisconsin to Seattle. We would pick her up. In the winter she would arrive in her black, fur coat. Grandma would sew and sew and sew. She also loved being a grandmother. She also loved to tell us stories. At Christmas time she would send us double fudge and fruit chews...always late. Grandma taught me two really important things: never go to bed mad and always write thank-you notes when someone gives you a gift. | Grandpa Christianson was a strong Christian who would regularly write us letters. He was quiet but loving. He worked for the telephone company, was an elected judge for the county, and later became a jailer in Grantsburg, WI. Grandpa would ride from Wisconsin to Seattle on the train also. We would drive to the King Street Station and wait for the train to arrive. When it arrived, we would run to Grandpa.

34: Wind Rain Mice | Camping | Dad would make us roll up our sleeping bags really tight. If they were too big, we had to roll them up again. | Twin Harbors State Park had a lot of sand dollars.

35: We made a lot of memories camping. Our vacations were two weeks of camping and three day weekends we camped too. Usually we went to the Olympic Peninsula. One time we went clam digging and Mom cooked them for dinner. I refused to eat them and my punishment was to stay in the tent all evening. Another time we went to windy Sun Lakes. The tent actually blew down! Then there was the time that the three of us kept complaining that we were running our hands over each other. We were all innocent! It was a mouse!!! Camping was always fun and interesting!!!

36: Camping and going to camps was important to me. Our family rode the ferry across the Puget Sound to camp. Black Lake Bible Camp was just down I-5. We had Bible drills, memorizing of verses, games, and crafts. | Black Lake Bible Camp

37: Youth group and Campfire Girls had their own camps. Lazy F Ranch had horses, hikes, and crafts. We would end each stay with a hike up to the cross. It was very inspiring! To get to Camp Sealth, we rode the Virginia 5, a small ferry. I went every summer for a week. | Lazy F Ranch | Camp Sealth

38: Campfire Girls | Cooking | Business | Outdoors | Arts & Crafts | Frontier

39: Blue Birds and Campfire Girls were groups for girls where we focused on service and experiences to help us grow and learn. Blue Birds was a group for lower elementary girls and then you "flew up" in fourth grade. To help fund the organization, every February was mint selling month. Mom or Dad would take us out to neighborhoods or apartments and sell boxes of the mints. We usually sold 24 to 48 boxes. Sometimes we did better than that. In the summers, we would go to Camp Sealth for a week. There we would learn hiking skills, camp fire building, other camping skills, crafts, and cooking. We would get to go swimming too. As a Campfire girl we earned beads for various levels of skills. Then the beads went on a vest or a ceremonial gown. We also earned patches. The time spent in Campfire Girls was very productive.

40: Slept on the ship except at one port...a little sea sick at first. | Airline Strike so took a prop jet home...eleven hours! | 21 Days After ninth grade 500 girls from US chosen

41: Caribbean Cruise with Campfire Girls | Puerto Rico: rain forest, poor living on hillsides with shacks - tin roofs | Jamaica: beautiful sandy beaches, inland are poor shacks, stayed at YMCA inland, markets with straw items and bead work, cockroaches | Columbia: sandy beaches, sailors, bonfire.

42: Seattle World's Fair 1960s | When I was in Junior High the world's fair was in Seattle. With that came thousands of people and new buildings. The president came to Seattle along with many celebrities. We went several times to the fair.

43: Our Campfire Girls Group went to the fair and we sang.

44: Church

45: As a child, we attended Highland Park United Methodist Church. Many activities kept us busy: VBS, choir, Sunday school, youth group. In high school, I played the organ when the regular organist was absent. Our trio - Bev, Linda, myself - sang many Sundays. We learned Bible verses, Bible stories, and books of the Bible but not much about a personal relationship with Jesus. To learn about Him, I went to Black Lake Bible Camp. I became a Christian at camp and was baptized in the lake.

46: Green Lake was a favorite spot of ours. Every 4th of July we would go with a picnic basket of food, a blanket, and yard toys. We would stay until dark and watch the fireworks... *ooooo* ahahah* bang! | Tandem Bikes

47: Add photos or other stories that you have heard.

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