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School Days, Reminiscences of Darlene Foster

Posted on: July 1, 2019

I am honoured to be featured on Nora Colvin’s blog where I discuss my school days. This is a fun feature. I love to read about school experiences everyone has had in various parts of the world and at different times.

Norah Colvin

Welcome to the School Days, Reminiscences series in which my champion bloggers and authors share reminiscences of their school days. It’s my small way of thanking them for their support and of letting you know about their services and publications.

This week, I am pleased to introduce Darlene Foster, world traveller and writer of travel adventure books for children and adventurers of all ages. Darlene joined in the conversations about school days from the beginning and was keen to share her own reminiscences with you.

Before we begin the interview, I’ll allow Darlene to tell you a little of herself:

Growing up on a ranch near Medicine Hat, Alberta, Darlene Foster dreamt of writing, travelling the world, and meeting interesting people. She also believed in making her dreams come true. It’s no surprise she’s now the award-winning author of Amanda Travels, a children’s adventure series featuring a spunky twelve-year-old…

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27 Responses to "School Days, Reminiscences of Darlene Foster"

You grew up on a ranch, Norah. It reminds me of how disparate are our backgrounds, we writers.

Yes, Jacqui, we have diverse backgrounds, which is what makes our writing rich and unique. As a child, I thought my life was boring but upon reflection, I realise that not everyone can say they grew up on a ranch.

I read a bio of E.O. Wilson (the most famous name in bugs). He had nothing to do growing up so occupied himself studying bugs. And found he loved it. Interesting…

Very interesting. David Suzuki was sent to an internment camp in the woods during WWII where he spent his days examining nature, especially insects. Today he is internationally known for his television and radio series, documentaries and books about nature and the environment. I once heard him speak and he said it was the best thing that happened to him.

I have similar memories Darlene, maybe because I grew up in a rural community too! My immediate memories are of wooden desks in rows, steel nibbed pens you dipped into a sunken inkwell on your desk, teacher at the front also behind a higher desk with a
higher chair, pot belly stove in each classroom, cheese pie for lunch on Fridays (yuk), free milk each day warmed up in winter. Positively Victorian but in the 1950s!

Rural communities are similar all over the world. We brought our own lunches and drinks in lunchpails and thermoses. It was my job to make the sandwiches and pack the lunchpails for me and my brothers every morning before we caught the bus. I had a Red Riding Hood lunchpail and my brothers had Roy Rogers and The Lone Ranger. Funny what you remember.

Ha, I remember comics now, Monday’s was the Sun and the Comet, midweek was Beano and Dandy, Friday was the Topper! In our village we had school lunches or went home.

I thoroughly enjoyed this, Darlene!

Thanks, Jennie to you, Miss Roll and all the fabulous teachers out there!

Loved reading this…and learning how life was in other countries….#sensal

It is a great series and I am so pleased to be included. Thanks!

Enjoyed the entire interview. You are really interesting. Left a comment on Nora’s blog.

Thanks for your great comments. It was fun to remember back all those years.

Lovely interview, Darlene. What interesting insights into how your writing evolved. Miss Roll sounds brilliant. Every child should have access to a Miss Roll.

I was so fortunate to have Miss Roll as a teacher. Pleased you enjoyed the post.

Thanks for sharing your reminiscences of school days, Darlene. It was a pleasure to host you on my blog.

It is such a wonderful series and we have all learned more about each other as a result.

Thank you, Darlene. I’m enjoying it very much.

I also grew up on a farm in a small village in Germany. I enjoyed reading your interview. Gerlinde

Most of the students, including me, would have been children of German parents. I am sure there would have been some similarities. Glad you enjoyed the post!

Although I have read much about you Darlene it was fun to learn about your years in school. I grew up in a rural setting as well so much was similar to me. Amazing how teachers in our early years can be such an inspiring influence.

I’m sure you could relate to my school days. There is always something new to learn about me! Glad you’re not getting bored with it.

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I look foward to reading your stuff my names nora how are you doing

Thanks for visiting my blog, Nora.

Your welcome i love reading what other people write

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