Sunday, September 16, 2012

Show & Tell; High School Memories.

I saw the weekly Show and Tell Monday topics for this week over at From Mrs. to Mama and HAD to participate.  I miss high school.. and as much as I hated it then.. I miss it now.  Miss seeing my best friends everyday.  Miss not having responsibilities.  Miss Friday nights at the football field.  Miss getting fancied up for homecoming and prom.  Miss Mrs. Hardesty's seminar.  Miss making memories with all kinds of people.. some have come and gone, some have stuck around, but they all helped make high school what it was and has come to mean for me.

1. Tell us what kind of student you were in high school {popular, nerd, sport obsessed, choir, etc}
I didn't really have a niche.  More than anything my friends and I were dramatic.  Our lives centered around each other.. the latest drama and gossip.  I got good grades.. hung out with the forensic and debate kids (mostly because my seminar (homeroom) teacher was the coach).. rolled into school minutes before classes started.. drove a beater and just existed.. floating my way through high school.

2. Share with us some high school pictures. We know you have them somewhere.
Freshman year homecoming.  (I am far right!)
Unfortunately this is the only freshman year picture I felt like sharing..
Senior picture.
Senior year prom.  My very best of friends.

Hubs and I last day of senior year.. you can see his admiration for me, even then.
(We were not a couple in this picture..just good friends!)
TWA (inside joke with these girls..)
Last day of senior year again!

All my friends graduation day.

Graduation day! :)
3. Tell us about your school. Private? Public? How many in graduating class? Mascots? School colors?
School type: Public.
Class size: About 180. (give or take a few who didn't graduate)
(which was small.. the closest school to the East graduated with about 1,000 seniors)
Mascot: Jaguars. (Like the NFL team.. only with a green/teal tongue)
Colors: Blue and silver.
Homecoming senior year.
4. Tell us about some of your favorite memories of high school. Or what stands out the most? Any teachers? Specific classes?
Oh man.. so many memories.  My favorite are from senior year though for sure.  The other years are just a blur of old friends, boyfriends and classes.  The friends that stuck around I was closest with senior year.  Being a senior itself was just fantastic.  I had the best schedule ever.. spent maybe half a day in school each day.  The events mean so much more.  The dances matter.  You can think and plan the rest of your life without having to conquer high school first.  Somehow you are just older and more mature.

Obviously from my experience there are a few things that stand out to this day:
1. Blue 4 college algebra.  (We had a block schedule.. four classes every other day)  This was the class Rob and I met in.  Although we spent the majority of senior year not talking (read more about that HERE.) that class will always stick in my mind.  It was a small class.. with one of the best teachers, Mr. Rodkey.  He breathes math basically.  Since it was the end of the day the vibe was almost always awesome.. and It was just awesome.  I don't think there is any other word that can describe that.
Mr. Rodkey and I, senior prom.
2. The best secretary a counselor's office could ask for.  Mrs. Turner was my go to for anything dramatic.  She just got it.  Her and Rob were extremely close (she basically guided his bad boy self successfully through high school).. and she's always known just what to say.  There were countless times I would go to her office and complain (usually) and she'd listen.. laugh when it was right, give me a hug when it was needed.. she rocks.
Mrs. Turner and I, last day of senior year.
5. Tell us a piece of advice you would pass on to your children or any child entering high school.
Don't sweat it.  More than likely the people you befriend freshman year, or the ones you enter into high school with, will not be the ones that mean the most to you after high school.  As you grow and change through high school, everything around you does too.  You may leave with tons of great friends and acquaintances or just one or two, and that's okay.  Friends are important.. school is also important.  Don't let it get you down.  I'm forever thankful for the three best girlfriends a girl could ask for.  I've known them all since high school and they know just as much if not more about me then most people probably should.  I didn't know my freshman year that these three girls would be the ones that last the longest and come out the other side still going strong.  We've added a baby, some husbands, some dogs, a boyfriend.. and yet here we are.. 
2009.. less than a year after graduating.
2012.. 4 years after graduating.
Megan, Kara and Allison... thanks.  You've helped me become who I am today... and for that I will forever be thankful.  You guys are the best ever.  I love each of you.. tons and tons.

And now I'm going to go off and think of how skinny I was, how much fun I had and how much life has changed since then...



Always,
Amanda

6 comments:

  1. You have so many cute pictures! And I love that you knew your husband in high school. Stopping by from the link up!

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  2. Love all your pictures!! You were adorable!

    www.mommymandymusings.com

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  3. New follower, stoping by from the link up. I love all your pictures! Isn't it great to have friends, even if its just a few, that you've known since high school.

    www.todaywasafairytale.com

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  4. Awww sooo cute! Thanks for sharing! I might have to do this too :)

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  5. This is a good idea. I didn't really have a niche per se in high school either. I didn't think I was popular, but I stopped in at the school the year after I graduated and people seemed a lot more excited than I expected. I was told by someone that I was more popular than I had thought...wish they'd told me then lol.

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  6. Hi! I'm a new follower from the hop yesterday! I'm looking forward to following your blog.

    Jen @ kyleandjensmith.blogspot.com
    The Adventures of our Army Life

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