Thursday, October 23, 2014
Mem'ries ... light the corners of my mind ... (OR NOT)
I was talking to a woman the other day with whom I went to high school, and while there was no love lost between us back then, we have become friend-ish lately, and it's funny how that happens, isn't it?
ANYway, she was talking about some trip the select choir took to Canada, back in high school, and I'm just, like, sorta listening, and then she's, like, "Don't you remember? You went, too!"
And I'm, like, "---"
"You were totally there!," she said. "I remember you being on that trip!"
I remember being in the select choir. (It wasn't THAT select, obviously, if I was in it.) I do not remember this particular woman being in that choir, and I have no memory of that trip whatsoever.
And honestly? A LOT of my high school existence has faded out of memory.
Oh, sure, I remember some of it, and I remember going to Florida with the marching band, and I remember some of the boys I dated, and I remember my first after-school part-time job, but most of it?
It just ... wasn't that important, in the grand scheme of things. I mean, sure, it was important at the TIME, but over thirty years have passed, for Pete's sake. I can't remember EVERYthing.
Except I'm pretty sure that some people can. Remember, that is. Facebook has a great (or evil) way of reconnecting you with high school classmates, and some of the kids I went to school with (now grown adults, of course), can go on and on and ON about this dance and that teacher and this field trip and I'm just, like ...
okay? If you say so? Was it fun?
I mean, I'm sure that some of it is due to the fact that I went to a big high school. There were six hundred kids in my graduating class, so obviously I'm not going to have the same memories as all of my classmates. But to un-remember an entire field trip to Canada with the choir? Seems kind of ... odd.
Was it the drugs I took? I mean, I didn't do a LOT of drugs in high school, I was a good kid, but I certainly kept pace. Lots of alcohol, some weed, some coke but not too much because nobody knew anybody who had it on a regular basis - just the same stuff all of my peers were doing. (It was the seventies, after all. Nobody'd even HEARD of Just Say No back then - it hadn't been invented yet.)
So now I'm curious. How well do you remember your high school experience? All of it? Some of it? Every detail? None of it?
Enquiring minds want to know.