Well it’s graduation time! How many of you remember those days? My graduation was in 1975, many many moons ago! I don’t really remember much about the actual graduation day but I remember the feeling. I remember sitting in the seat with my cap and gown on looking around at everyone wondering who I would probably never see again. It made me sad. I loved my classmates and they are still dear to my heart to this day.
However, I hated school. Studying and reading class assignments was such an awful chore to me. I couldn’t focus easily on what I was reading as I was too distracted by all my teenage thoughts. You remember them… boys, boys, boys! And of course how was I going to show my face in school with that big zit on my chin! What a crisis that was back then.
I have so many good and so many bad memories from that time. One that sticks so vividly in my head is the time my friend and I decided to frost my hair. Today it’s called “highlighting”. Anyway, we bought a kit from the store and away we went. We were so excited to see how it would turn out. Boy did we screw it up!! My natural hair color was auburn but not this day. I ended up with blonde bangs, and different colored blotches of orange, white, and red all over my head. I was mortified! And were we smart enough to do this on a weekend so that I could get it fixed by Monday in case it was a disaster? Nope, we were silly teens and had no doubt in our minds that it would turn out beautiful. Boy were we wrong. And the worst part was I had 2 more days of school before the weekend, which meant I had to be completely humiliated. I bet some of my friends remember how I looked, it was so ridiculous! But of course all my friends lied through their teeth and told me it really looked good. Luckily one of my friends mother was a hair stylist so over the weekend she performed an emergency “dye job” on me so that I was back to normal on Monday.
Anyway, that was just one of many crisis I had back in those days. Of course everything is a crisis when you are a teen. Well that is anything that has to do with us directly, especially how we look! I was so me, me, me back then it was pathetic. But today I rely on those memories. They help me write better because I remember all those feelings I had. I might not remember actual incidents very well but the inner feelings still ring clear in my head.
High School is a very dramatic and tough time in anyone’s life. Everything is so emotional it’s a wonder anyone actually gets through it. I really admire those that not only get through it but that accomplish their goals and come out on top of their class. To me that takes a tremendous amount of strength and focus.
So today I just want to tip my hat off to all the graduates of 2012 who have graduated or are about to. It wasn’t easy but I commend them all and just want to say Congratulations and keep up the good work! Your life is only just beginning!”
For your amusement, this is my high school graduation picture. I loved that top I had on. It was light pink and I had on hip hugger bell bottom pants to go with it. I couldn’t wear that outfit today for anything! But it was nice while it lasted.