As in ‘sixteen’. Derived from this little, leather-bound, battered book, found whilst clearing my granddad’s house.
The post’s title may be making reference to a rite of passage film from the 80s but my first confession would be that I’ve never seen it. But then I only saw Breakfast Club for the first time two years ago. Shush, don’t judge!
Anyway, I’m tangent-ing again…
So the book. It belonged to my Nana and I’d totally forgotten we had it, let alone that I had filled in more than one page myself.
The original entries date back to the 1940s – many contributors I have no knowledge of, other than they were people my Nana was in the ATS with during WW2.
Family members have made more than one contribution, decades apart and it’s interesting to see how their likes have changed as they aged (I don’t even remember Janna Jungle…but my favourite character in public life was Knight Rider. I was 8…)
But what I found most intriguing, other than looking back at what I enjoyed as a child, was that the whole book serves as a social experiment, a time capsule of sorts, displaying the changing tastes of generations.
Many stay the same, such as pastimes (a clear difference in earlier entries with males citing sports and females stating needle-craft and reading) and food preferences.
However, love of certain public figures altered quite a bit: Churchill and the Prince of Wales were popular choices in the 40s and 50s, whereas later entries start to mention more celebrities (although my mum was mortified that she’d once thought Cliff Richard was the bees knees!)
Another massive difference over the years was ‘favourite holiday resort’. Initially, these remained close to home, seaside resorts within a couple of hours travel. Later, the destinations became further afield with other countries and continents creeping in.
I just found it all fascinating.
So I thought I’d open the floor to you to join in as my blogging friends and confess your answers to these sixteen questions.
Answer as many or as few as you like (and share in the comments), as I’d love to hear your thoughts and enter you into the online version of this book! Who knows, in years to come the favourite holiday spot might start seeing listings such as Mars and the Moon!
The questions are:
- My Greatest Ambition.
- My Favourite Sport or Pastime.
- My Favourite Book.
- My Favourite Character in Fiction.
- My Favourite Character in Public Life.
- My Favourite Composer.
- My Favourite Dish.
- My Favourite Beverage.
- My Favourite Holiday Resort.
- My favourite Mode of Transport.
- My. Favourite Motto.
- My Lucky Day.
- My Pet Aversion.
- When do I feel at my best?
- When do I feel at my worst?
- If not myself, who would I be?
Image Credits: My own, Cardigan and Cravats and Hanna Barbera Wiki