Saturday, October 13, 2012
Those were the days
I went to my 35th class reunion on Saturday 10/6/2012. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised at how many of my former classmates have been following my life. I really expected to have to repeat a million times, what had happened to me over the past 35 years. Why I walk with a cane. blah blah blah Instead I was greeted with many warm hugs and words of endearment and encouragement. My high school years were fun and carefree. My first job, at the age of 14 was at the movie theater, I worked there for almost 2 years before I got a job a bit closer to home at Tastee Freeze. I would go to school, then to work until about 11:30, drive home, go to bed and the next day do it all over again. During my highschool years, I was known as a "Tech-er" this means I attended high school for half a day and vocational technical school for the other half. I was a cosmetology student. Because of the number of students wanting this option back then, they increased the hours and classes at vo-tech to 3 a day. During my Sophomore year I went to vo-tech from 3pm till 6pm. This meant that I didn't have to get up for school until 9am. We had to be there by 10. So a typical day for me would be to get up at 9, school from 10 till 2 (they picked us up with the "short bus", tech from 3 to 6 then work from 7 til midnight. Before I turned 16 and got my license my then boyfriend who later became my first husband would take me to work. When I turned 16 and got my license my first car was an old rambler, I had that about a year before I "upgraded" to a Ford Fairlane. Don't remember the years but OLD. I am the oldest of 5, I have 3 brothers and the youngest is a sister. Both of my parents worked so at the age of 11 I was pretty much responsible for my siblings until my mom got home from work. I had an old Honda 90 motorcycle back then and when we would get home from school we would spend the hour of parental freedom riding the bike up through the slate quarries. The bike had a luggage rack on the back so I would put my sister in front of me on the gas tank, a brother behind me, and the other 2 on the luggage rack.