Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Party Like You Did in Highschool

Friday night, I headed to my hometown to watch the high school football game and to go see some friends who were getting together.

My graduating class was 75 people, four of whom I talk to regularly. In fact, we go to the beach together one weekend a year. I think I stayed up until 3 am, laughing and talking and having a great time.

We're a little older, a lot wiser:

I'm the gaping, open-mouthed dork on the left.

The game was exciting, with lots of interceptions and long, expertly thrown passes. Awesome! I've always loved high school football games although it was not that long ago when I finally learned what sayings like "first and ten" meant. That may explain why many years later I was attracted to and then married a high school football coach? Anyway. I think my love for the game comes from living in the country in a house that was five miles from town (population 640) and unable to get together with friends unless some event, like a football game, was going on.

There's a lot I could say about high school. For now I'll just say that it felt good to be in town again and great to talk to old friends. Especially now, when I live in a place that is new and unfamiliar and where I haven't a close friend. I stayed up so late because it felt good to be surrounded by people who've known me for years.

High school is an odd time, full of insecurities and self-doubt. But it was a long time ago.


Amanda said...

I've never revisited high school in this way, coming only as close as email reunions with a couple of folks who sought me out. You are right, though, it was a long time ago. It's nice to read about someone going back, so to speak, and living to tell. They look like fun friends.

wunelle said...

It seems a measure of how critical those few years are in our development that we keep returning to them for our whole lives.

I went to my 10-year reunion, but haven't been back since (though I'm coming up on *gulp* 30 years in a couple). I think I keep up with the people I cared about.

Loralee Choate said...

Gah! Why is that the words "High School" still have the power to make me feel slightly nauseated and with a sudden desire to check my hair and outfit???

15 years...You think I'd be over it.

Lost Melons said...

Two things to mention about that night.

1.) Notice the TOILET plunger on the shelf above Misty's head? What backdrop planning we had. I think I was the only sober one - I was too worried about my new carpets!

2.) Why did I have to wear my FLANNEL coat that night? I look like such a HICK!

Thanks for coming to visit - I am so glad you came and made it happen. I miss you so much and can't wait until your next visit. Wrestling matches are next!

Anonymous said...

High school is such a bittersweet memory for me. I like this post a lot. :)