Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Family – Childhood, and Train Whistles, and My Grandmother by Jennie Fitzkee

Family history and stories, and childhood experiences, shape our lives. Thank you, Sally Cronin, for sharing the story of my childhood.

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Delighted to welcome back Jennie Fitzkee, who with a career as a pre-school teacher for over thirty years, has some inspiring posts that reinforce that the ability to read and books are two of the best gifts we can give our children. On her blog she also shares wonderful posts about her family and will be sharing four of those with us in the coming weeks.

Childhood, and Train Whistles, and My Grandmother by Jennie Fitzkee

Summer evenings on the porch are quiet, except for the occasional sound of a train whistle in the distance. I love that sound. When I was a little girl, a train whistle meant excitement and memories. I was born and raised in Huntington, West Virginia. It’s “the big city”, and the central downtown area was the train station. There is something majestic about a grand, old train station with polished brass and wood…

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About Jennie

I have been teaching preschool for over thirty years. This is my passion. I believe that children have a voice, and that is the catalyst to enhance or even change the learning experience. Emergent curriculum opens young minds. It's the little things that happen in the classroom that are most important and exciting. That's what I write about. I am highlighted in the the new edition of Jim Trelease's bestselling book, "The Read-Aloud Handbook" because of my reading to children. My class has designed quilts that hang as permanent displays at both the National Liberty Museum in Philadelphia, and the Fisher House at the Boston VA Hospital.
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8 Responses to Smorgasbord Posts from Your Archives – #Family – Childhood, and Train Whistles, and My Grandmother by Jennie Fitzkee

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I loved these recollections and appreciated the link to the website where you were featured. I have many train memories as we went back and forth from Oregon to New York on the train when we went to see my grandparents. Their town was so little it was literally a flag stop and the station master waved down the train for me to board to go to see a friend in Washington, D.C.

  2. beetleypete says:

    I always love to hear that story. And it is wonderful to see you featured on Sally’s blog. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. I loved reading this fascinating bit of your history. Wow! I also love going to sleep to the sound of trains going by. We lived in Colorado Springs for about 6 months once and a train ran behind our house. The train was like a lullaby.

    • Jennie says:

      I’m glad you experienced trains like I did. The best! And thank you for reading my history. Family is fascinating. Best to you, Marlene. 🙂

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