Friday, October 9, 2009

Bad Hair, Bad Clothes, Hormones & Teen Angst or Surviving High School in the 1980s

I was digging through some pics the other night because this weekend is my 20th high school reunion. Now, let me just say that I'm not really convinced it's actually been 20 years. I mean, it's just not possible. I'm in touch with quite a few of my high school friends and none of us look like we are much closer to 40 than trying to pass for 21. Some of us (but I'm not naming names or pointing fingers here) still act like we're 17. Maybe it's because I'm now living in my hometown that it doesn't seem possible that it's been 20 years. I don't know for sure.

All I know for sure is that in my search for those quintessential high school photos, I was reminded of some great friends and some great times, many of whom and which I'd long ago forgotten. Although thanks to Facebook, I'm back in touch with many of my closest friends and I've become friends with some great people I didn't really know in high school, there are still a few friends I'm not reconnected with and I miss them.

Some people say they wouldn't go back to high school for all the tea in China because it was such a horrible time for them. I had a good time in high school and while I wouldn't want to be 15 again, I can honestly say it was mostly filled with great friends, and lots of happiness, laughter and hard work.

I hope this trip down memory, bad fashion and bad hair lane brings back some of your fun high school memories. Let's just be kind and remember that it was the 1980s. Richard Marx was popular for crying out loud!


  1. I hated high school. I never looked back. I kept in touch with a handful of friends from back them but other than that I avoided any connection with that time.

    Many years later and the invention of Facebook, I actually reached out to some people I knew in high school. Lo and behold, they grew up, too. They weren't the obnoxious kids that were frozen in my mind. I'd say to anyone who wants to keep their teen trauma locked away to risk reaching out to your former classmates. Time does heal.

    Now, I have to go look at LMS' 80s fashion choices...

  2. Julie Swindell BzostekOctober 9, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    That band trip was the best. Oh yes, lets put a bunch of High School kids on a bus and DRIVE from Chicago to Orlando, without stopping for the night.

  3. Can I please make fun of the bowtie?


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