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Point of Discovery/Informant Bio
Natalya Johnson is a junior at USU majoring in Religious Studies with emphasis in Classic Studies. She is from the Draper area in Utah. She went to Hillcrest High School. She did a lot of dancing growing up, and she is musical as well. She plays the flute, and she and I are both members of the Aggie Marching Band. Natalya has highly educated parents, and she is articulate and well informed on a variety of issues. She is also really into internet culture, and she is usually my source for learning about memes or vines.
Natalya responded to a Facebook post of mine where I asked people to share with me various food related traditions that they had. Natalya commented on that post, and I later directly messaged her with Facebook Messenger to get more information. Natalya first told me that her family observed this tradition in her home in Draper on Monday, but then later mentioned that it was actually Wednesday. They would do it whenever they were all together.
See attached screenshot images of Natalya and I's Facebook Messenger conversation.
Natalya first mentioned that Monday’s were the day of the week that she held this tradition with her family, but later mentioned that it was actually Wednesdays. This makes me think that the day was a lot less significant than the actual event itself. What was most important to Natalya was the time that she spent with her family. Also, she never responded to my question if there was any fun family banter during the eating of grilled cheese. I sent her a reminder message a few days later, and she just responded about tomato soup. I’m not really sure how to interpret that, but it led me to believe that she had stopped thinking about the tradition or my questions, likely because she had better and more important things to get to.
Dr. Lynne S. McNeill, PhD
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G1: Groups/Social Customs
Erickson, Kresten, "Grilled Cheese Monday" (2018). USU Student Folklore Fieldwork. Paper 371.