Family Across Generations Project

LaTrese Ratliff + Ashley Smith

LaTrese Ratliff

What is your full name? Why did your parents select this name for you? Did you have a nickname?

LaTrese Ratliff. My auntie gave me my name. Trese is my nickname.

When and where were you born?

Feb 18th 1973 Chicago Illinois

How did your family come to live there?

My grandfather came to live here during his 20's

Were there other family members in the area?Who?

Yes. My auntie Rose.

What is your earliest childhood memory?

when i graduated from pre-school. that was my first graduation that's why i remember it most i was so excited.

Describe the personalities of your family members.

They are all different but the same in many ways, such as boogie, smart, and outgoing.

What kind of household chores did you have at home?

clean my room as well as the rest of the house. clean the kitchen, wash dishes and anything else that needed cleaning or freshening.

What age did you get your first job? What did you do for that job?

I was 15 when i had my first job. i worked at Albert's pizza in evergreen as a cashier.

What was school like for you as a child? What were your best and worst subjects? Where did you attend grade school? High School? College?

Terrible, i had to deal with female drama in school most of the time. I was happy when i graduated. My best subject was reading and my worst was Spanish. I attended Little Flower on 80th Woods for grammar school. I attended Rich Central for high school, and i attended daily and Olive Harvey after high school.

Do you remember any fads from your youth? Popular hairstyles? Clothes?

Mostly asymmetric bobs, big gold chains, Micheal Jackson leathers, and Adidas jogging suits.

What did it mean to be a woman when you were growing up?

To be a wife, a mother, to be at home cooking and cleaning. yes it has changed, now i'm the head of the household.

What do you think of kids today?

Kids need more love, guidance, and education.

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Ashley Smith

What is your full name? Why did your parents select this name for you? Did you have a nickname?

Ashley Smith. My mother named me after her best friend.

When and where were you born?

Feb 23rd 1990 Chicago Illinois

How did your family come to live there?

My great grandfather came to live here during his 20's

Were there other family members in the area?Who?

No

What is your earliest childhood memory?

My 6th Birthday At Odyssey and FunWorld!

Describe the personalities of your family members.

They are all loving, kind, and boogie. also they are all strict and have bad attitudes at times.

What kind of household chores did you have at home?

I had to wash the dishes and take out the garbage.

What age did you get your first job? What did you do for that job?

I was 17 when i got my first job at subway. i just filled out an application.

What was school like for you as a child? What were your best and worst subjects? Where did you attend grade school? High School? College?

I loved school. I had a lot of good times with my friends. my best subject was reading and my worst subject was English.

Do you remember any fads from your youth? Popular hairstyles? Clothes?

When I was young all girls wanted to wear was tutu's. There were other fads also such as different hair colors.

What did it mean to be a woman when you were growing up?

To be smart and independent. to be able to live on your own and not need anyone for anything.

What do you think of kids today?

Kids need a lot more determination to do positive things. They also need better role models, not the ones on TV.

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Reflection

There are still some people in my generation who follows older generations fads such as my mothers. My sister is just 25 so many of her high school fads are slightly still trending. My mothers childhood was more structured than mine. The kids had more discipline and there was more respect being exchanged in society then rather than today. My mother surprised me when she said she didn't enjoy high school but her reasoning was a good enough reason. my sister answers didn't surprise me really i knew all the responses she would give.I agree with both family members answers. Today's generation of child are wilder and more savage. if things keep going the way they are going now then it will be worse than ours. There will be no respect given from no one and everyone will be mean in the world.