Okay, so I know I already did a meme this week. Chalk it up to end of summer doldrums, complete lack of creativity, or possibly just wanting to be the lone person NOT writing about Snakes on a Plane. At any rate, there goes:
Fill this out about your SENIOR year of high school!
The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be!
Are you sure about that? (By the way, a big thanks to my friend Amy, on whose journal I found this.)
1. Who was your best friend? Bianca. Without whom I probably wouldn’t have survived past Labor Day. No joke.
2. What sports did you play? None. I was not athletically inclined. Unless running from the cops counts. Just kidding!
3. What kind of car did you drive? 1984 Nissan Stanza. It was blue, and a hatchback. VERY slow on big hills, but I loved it because it was all mine. Plus, I was (and am) slow driver, so it suited me. Several of my friends had faster cars but were also always getting tickets and losing their licenses, so they had to ride with me. They’d sit in the back, whining, “You’re going SO SLOW!” until I pointed out that at least I was still able to drive. Which would shut them up. For about ten seconds.
4. It’s Friday night, where were you at? Oh, dear. In all honesty, probably up on Franklin Street, hanging out in front of the old Hector’s, waiting for something to happen. Or driving around with my friends in the back complaining about how I’m going too slow.
5. Were you a party animal? Ummm…no?
6. Were you considered a flirt? I don’t think so.
7. Ever skip school? Okay, so here’s the thing: I don’t want to lie here. So I’ll just be upfront and say that I was not at my best in high school. Definitely not a role model by any long shot of the imagination. In fact, I was kind of a mess. In college, I got my act together, and my grades and lifestyle reflected that. But high school…not so much. It wasn’t the best time for me, but on the flip side, at least it gave me a lot to write about. Which is a long way of saying the answer to this question is…yes.
8. Ever smoke? Oh, God. Why am I filling this out? You know, I heard that Snakes on a Plane is opening today…
…all right, all right, FINE. Yes, I smoked in high school. But I quit in 1990, and save for a few regrettable slip ups, I’ve stayed away from cigarettes ever since. I’m not proud, typing this. But know if I tried to lie SOMEONE from my high school would write in and bust me. It’s a terrible habit. Don’t do it. End of lecture.
9. Were you a nerd? No. Although I bet if I had been, I wouldn’t have been smoking and skipping school.
10. Did you get suspended/expelled? No. But I did have detention a few times, if I remember correctly.
11. Can you sing the Alma Mater? Did we even have one?
12. Who was your favorite teacher? Mrs. Pate, who I loved so much I put her into Someone Like You (she’s Halley and Scarlett’s art teacher, just like she was me and Bianca’s).
13. Favorite class? The creative writing class I took with Mr. Sonnenberg, my senior year. It was the first class where I got to write about whatever I wanted: no assigned topics, no exercises. Just write. It was a whole new world, and I will always be grateful to him, wherever he is.
14. Full School Name? Chapel Hill High School.
15. School mascot? Tigers.
16. Did you go to Prom? Yes, with my friend Lars, who now cuts my hair. We’ve known each other since second grade, and earlier this summer, I went to his wedding. Gotta love small towns.
17. If you could go back and do it over, would you? I would not. Once was MORE than enough. Now, to have my high school butt back: that would be nice. The rest I think it’s best to just let the rest lie.
18. What do you remember most about graduation? Sitting on the floor of the Dean Dome (we were the first class to graduate there), looking around at all the people who were so emotional about graduating, and thinking, What is WRONG with you people? I couldn’t wait to get out of there. Of course, I’ve basically spent the years since reliving high school on the page, over and over again. So clearly, it meant more to me than I realized.
19. Favorite memory of your Senior Year? Running to Dean Dome—late!—with Bianca, both of us in our caps and gowns, just laughing. Not a huge moment, but for some reason I’ll always remember it.
20. Were you ever posted up on the senior wall? The fact that I have no idea what that is pretty much answers the question.
21. Did you have a job your senior year? I worked at Stride Rite shoe store at University Mall. Which was pretty much the worst job in the world. I quit during the Hot Diggety Days sale. I did not throw a shoe at anyone, like Haven in That Summer, but otherwise the experience was pretty similar.
22. Who did you date? Like I’m going to give names here! But I will say that I met my husband in high school. Crazy as it sounds, you actually COULD marry that guy from your English class. It happens!
23. Where did you go most often for lunch? Burger King (this was back when I ate fast food), my house (free food!) Bianca’s house (ditto!) and I, like Amy and all CHHS grads who now know better, did partake of a Wilco hot dog. Big mistake. Huge!
24. Have you gained weight since then? Yep. See wanting high school butt, above.
25. What did you do after graduation? Went to my friend Kelly’s house and watched Nick at Nite. Pretty boring way to bust into the real world, right?
26. What year did you graduate? 1988. (I know, I know, you weren’t even born yet. I’m old!)
Oh, well. It’s not about that night, anyway, or even the next one, or the one after that. It’s the cumulative effect of all those days and weeks and months, leading up to wherever you are now. High school, for me, was a long time ago, so long that lately I’ve been wondering if I’m even still qualified to speak to what it’s all about. I’m not proud of all I did when I was there, but that’s okay. It all folds into the bigger picture, the one I’m still putting together, bit by bit, day by day.