My favorite subjects were English, History, and Earth Science. Now that I think about that, it's kind of ironic. Here I am a writer, living in an old house, and farming. Those subjects payed off well for me.
I loved learning new words in English class. My teacher/professor would make us learn one new word a day, and we would have to use it all day. That was great fun.
I grew up in an old Victorian house, and was surrounded with 100 years of family history. That was probably the start of my love of history.
I have always like to play in the dirt. Even as a child I would dig holes and plant things. I think it was genetic, as my ancestors were farmers.