We didn’t know how good we had it in high school. However, I feel like you should know that I worked harder in high school than I have in my entire life – because that’s just what you did at my high school. When my best friends and I had our final farewell dinner you could just look around the table and know that every single one of those ladies was going to do something incredible in life – even if she didn’t know what it was yet. That actually holds true for my middle school friends too. My friends were always pushing me to the next level and I thank them for it.
In the spirit of list making I decided to make a top ten list of things that I miss about high school.
1. taking artsy photographs before instagram was cool
2. spirit week
This is a week long competition between all of the classes. It included decades day, cafeteria decorating, a lip sync, and more. I actually got on stage once and lip synced the Smart Guy theme song. And wasn’t embarrassed Because that was just what you did. You knew what you had to do to win and you stepped up to the plate. I still think we were gypped in 2004. The pictures don’t do it justice, sorry. Until you’re in a room of screaming teenage girls who are all screaming their graduation years at the top of their lungs where everybody’s separated by color trying to cram as much competition into an “extended break” as possible, you’re just not going to understand, but goodness gracious did you miss out.
3. getting to know the Sisters
I went to Pittsburgh with these ladies, I went to Orlando with these ladies (and rode the Tower of Terror), I lived with them, I danced with them (the cha cha slide) – and they are all absolutely wonderful.
I might have been the worst soccer player on the team. In fact, when the ball was down the other side of the field I would start a conversation with the other team’s offense (I played defense) and see how her day was going.
5. service trips
I like doing nice things for people. And service trips were good for that. Whether they were across state lines, city lines, or right on our own terf, it felt nice to be doing something for somebody else. I still wish I got a picture of exactly how awesome the stocking liturgy was every single year.
I took dance for 6 years. 7th to 12th grade. I absolutely loved it. Hip hop was my favorite – that’s right. This girl has a heck of a lot of rhythm in her, would you have guessed? Most people don’t.
7. excuses to dress up
Prom. Formal. Semi Formal. Capers. Yay for buying dresses.
8. a sign of peace
When it was time to give each other a sign of peace at First Friday mass girls would dive over pews to make sure that they hugged every one of their friends. It was a good feeling.
9. the teachers
I cannot even explain how awesome these teachers were. From art to orchestra to calculus to chemistry to Spanish to religion and more – these teachers wanted nothing but the best for us and taught us so much along the way.
10. the friends
As I said, these ladies are awesome. Everybody’s making her own path and everyone’s going to make her own statement while it’s happening. And I can’t wait to watch it happen.
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Also, if you’re wondering why I don’t talk about any males in my high school life – it’s because there were only a few of them that I didn’t see all that often. I love them too though, and I hope that your names are up in lights somewhere too.
Day #12 of Blog Every Day in May via Story of My Life. Check out the linkup here.