High School Hi-jinks and and the Pokey Little Puppy


We had a nice relaxing day yesterday with friends (thank you Hausers!) and have nothing planned for a lazy Sunday today. As I am writing this Michelle is napping with Flash and Sean just got out of bed so I can tell it’s a good day to just lay around the house. For me, it means writing and cooking, most likely, so let’s get back to Friday’s question, which was:

What do you remember most from high school?


I think each person has their own specific memories of high school. It may be the sports team they played on, a particular teacher they had who inspired them (or made their lives miserable), your first love/boyfriend/girlfriend, the prom, the list can go on and on as to what stands out for you. High school was always something of a mixed bag for me. I have good memories of all the friends that I had and the good times we had. In fact I am still friends with many of the same people, and close friends with some for more than 30 years now. However, high school wasn’t always the greatest for me. I was shy, short (I didn’t reach 5 feet tall until my junior year in high school), and smart, which unfortunately made me a pretty good target for being picked on a lot and being bullied. It kind of just became a fact of life after a while and I learned to live with it, but I sure didn’t like it much. Things aren’t like they were today with a much bigger awareness in the schools now to bullying and the effects it can have on people. I try not to dwell on the bad things that happened and think about the good people I met in school, not so much the people who were meaner and crueller than they needed to be. As a matter of fact, after seeing some of those people at class reunions and such, the people who acted mean and like jerks, sadly many of them are still that way. A few seem to have changed some over time, which is a good thing. However, let’s leave that behind for now. I do remember that I had a very strong group of friends and we did a lot of fun things and hung out a lot of the time, going to the movies or the diner,staying out until all hours of the night, and generally just hanging out and having a good time. We did a lot of talking and a lot of laughing. The strong friendships that I made back then have still carried on and even though some of us may not see each other often or even more than once or twice a year, we still always laugh and have a good time together when we do see each other. I guess the friendships I made back then are really the memory I have the most, especially the friendship I made with Michelle. We actually met when we were back in junior high school, but became good friends in high school, even though we didn’t start dating each other until later on in life when we were both in college. Sure, we did some dumb things, like racing down Berry Road in somebody’s car, packed tight with more people than we should have, seeing if the car could get airborne over the bumps. I played a lot of basketball, touch football and softball, playing something all year-long with all of us. They were a lot more good times than bad times when I think about it, which is really what we should remember about that time in our lives.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to answer and a special thanks to Erika Christiansen for answering me on Twitter. Now on to today’s question. Let’s try something fun today that also looks back for you:

What was your favorite book as a child?

There are so many books we read as a kid from the time we are toddlers and get read to all along until the time we are pre-teens and reading. There’s a lot you can choose from, but can you think of one that you read over and over again as a kid? Maybe one you loved and treasured and couldn’t wait for your own kids to read? Think about it and let me know. You can answer on here or on Facebook or Twitter. I’ll also ask some people on Twitter and see what they respond with. I’ll post my answer tomorrow.

Okay, I have lots more writing I want to do today, so I think that’s going to be it for today, for now. Check back later to see if there’s anything else here. Enjoy this beautiful day today and don’t forget to do something creative today!


5 Responses to “High School Hi-jinks and and the Pokey Little Puppy”

  1. 1 MikeG

    Thomas Hobson
    Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs RT @IguanaFlats: @TommyHobson What was your favorite book as a child?

  2. 2 MikeG

    Melanie Griffith
    @IguanaFlats Eloise at The Plaza!!!

  3. 3 MikeG

    Joseph Mastrosimone
    @IguanaFlats Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

  4. 4 MikeG

    Natalie Maines
    @IguanaFlats I hated reading. Really didn’t start enjoying books until college. #sadbuttrue

  5. 5 MikeG

    Minnie Driver ‏@driverminnie
    “@IguanaFlats: @driverminnie What was your favorite book as a child?”The Velveteen Rabbit

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