How can one even begin to sum up such a wonderful (cough*cough, hack*hack) experience?

I’ve seen this meme a couple of times and finally had to give into it after realizing that I had nothing to offer in the form of a decent post for the day…

The purpose of this meme is to shed light on the time of my life labeled: A picture is worth a thousand words… so burn the ’em and hide the evidence… Or as most of you know it: High School Days.

1. Who was your best friend? My best friend through high school was Natalie, who I wrote about recently. She and I had a blast until a stupid misunderstanding in April of our senior year. I also had a best friend, Shawn, who attended a different high school.

2. Did you play any sports? I played soccer and ran track. I only completed a 1/2 season of track my senior year though because the high school musical was calling my name. I hated playing soccer, but loved running track.

3. What kind of car did you drive? I had a 1971 white VW Beetle. I LOVED that car, even though it was cold in the winter (the heater had to be unhooked in the summer, and I didn’t realize that it had been unhooked until after months of riding around with a blanket across my lap). But that car couldn’t have been cuter! And, it had an awesome tape deck.

4. It’s Friday night. Where were you? probably looking for a party somewhere, or driving to Georgetown with Natalie. If it was during a boyfriend time, then a movie… Obviously, I was making memories I’d never forget…

5. Were you a party animal? … I sort of fell in the middle somewhere. I had friends who were all about finding the party and drinking. Then there were those who sat home all of the time and were afraid of going out. But I did my share of partaking in fermented fruit juice at a place called 5/10ths. It was called that because it was back from the road – 5/10ths of a mile, where some new houses were being built.

6. Were you considered a flirt? I was too self-conscious to even think that any guy I thought was cute wouldn’t cuss me out for attempting to flirt with him. Though, I was only too self-conscious when it came to flirting and boys. Okay, I’m beginning to recall some flirting… but I doubt anyone would label me a flirt.

7. Were you in the band, orchestra or choir? No. I played the clarinet through middle school. But didn’t continue beyond that. I was in drama, though not onstage. I was the stage manager for all of the high school plays and musicals.

8. Were you a nerd? No, though I felt like one.

9. Were you ever suspended or expelled? Okay – here is where it gets sticky… I got in-school suspension for one day, for being late to first period too many times. And though it wasn’t high school, I was suspended, out-of-school, in 8th grade. That was an awful, horrid day, which actually began the day before, when, during computer class some boys came running over to 2 of my girl friends and I, and said “watch this”, typed in the word “kiss” and the statement: “I don’t know how to kiss” popped up on the screen. The 3 of us all clamored for the keyboard at the same time, typing in the worst of all bad words… hit enter and up on the screen popped “I don’t know how to ****”.

Maybe if we weren’t on the computer with the big screen attached, the whole thing would have gone unnoticed. But the class saw it, the teacher came over and pulled it up on the screen and wrote us up. I knew what awaited me the next morning, but was terrified to tell my mom and dad. So I wore sweatpants to school the next morning.

The most embarrassing thing was that the vice principal’s wife taught with my mom and they were close friends. My mom came to pick me up crying. That was punishment enough for me. But it didn’t end there. My mom had always said if any of us got suspended it wouldn’t be a day of relaxing – we’d be a scrubbin’ and cleanin’ and that was how I spent my day.

10. Can you sing the fight song? I don’t think we even had one.

11. Who was your favorite teacher? My art teacher. She really challenged me to grow creatively.

12. What was your school mascot? A Patriot. Our school, Gov. Thomas Johnson, was named after the first governor of Maryland.

13. Did you go to the Prom? That is another post in itself. For now, I’ll just say that I went 3 times and every time ended horribly. (though they did give me excellent posting material)

14. If you could go back, would you? No, no and no. Did I mention, no?

15. What do you remember most about graduation? I went back home and had cake and opened gifts with my family. My boyfriend came by and pouted the entire time because he was a year younger than me and just knew that he would never graduate… GAH!… then I went to a party (without him) and reconciled with my best friend.

16. Where were you on Senior Skip Day? at school. My mom taught at my high school, and was a stickler about attendance. The one day I did skip some classes I was so miserable and fearful she’d find out that I couldn’t even enjoy myself.

17. Did you have a job your senior year? I worked at a department store. Most of my paychecks went right back to them.

18. Where did you go most often for lunch? The cafeteria. We didn’t have an open campus at lunch.

19. Have you gained weight since then? Only the 30 pounds that I’ve gained during this pregnancy (though a pound or two, or three, may have still been clinging from prior pregnancies…)

20. What did you do after graduation? If you mean with my life, I went to college and graduated in May 1994 from Shepherd College (now, Shepherd University) in Shepherdstown, WV, with a degree in Multi-subject K-8 education. From there, I worked as a legal assistant, foreclosure specialist, teacher and now business owner.

21. What year did you graduate? 1989

22. Who was your Senior Prom Date? ugghh… The boy I dated most of my senior year.

23. Are you going/did you go to your 10 year reunion? I didn’t go to my 10 year reunion. I may go to my 20th, which is around the corner, if my hair looks cute.

I wish I had my pictures with me to post. The visuals would never cease to amaze you.

Comments

  1. Becky Wolfe says:

    Love this list & it conjured up some great (and not so great memories)

  2. Loved this. Isn’t it nice to know we’ll never have to relive those days?

  3. I really enjoyed this……reunions…I helped with my 10 year and it was nuts. 20? Not sure. Maybe if my hair is cute…too. LOL!

  4. I’m going to my 25yr reunion next weekend. It’s not a big production, which makes it seem more doable since I’m not in dress-up shape. It’s sad that I was going to skip it because I can’t fit into my cheerleading uniform anymore, but that’s the truth.

    You took me down memory lane with this post! Just think, we have children who get to make this journey–oh, joy, lol!

  5. I WANT PICTURES!!!! :)

  6. The Flip Flop Mamma! says:

    What a fun meme! And I really need to see some pics!! LOL

  7. Why does NO ONE remember their Senior Prom date fondly? We need to be sure our own daughters recognize that this boy they fret over for months will mean less than nothing to them when all is said and done, y’know? maybe we’ll save them some angst. Thanks for checking out my little blog. I’m happy to have met you. Anyone who writes about Blue gets a return visit from me. :) I truly did love your thoughts on that, though.

  8. I was in stitches when I read this, which made up for some of the tears back then. Looking back is often much more fun than going through it at the time.
    Love you so much,
    Mom

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