I don’t have very many photos of me as a kid growing up. It’s not that they weren’t taken, it’s just that they disappeared somewhere between Virginia to Texas back to Virginia and then back to Texas and then like four smaller moves between here and there and the last 12 years. I’m sure one day when someone dies they’ll end up at an estate sale and probably eventually on awkwardfamilyphotos.com or something worse. I had a perm in high school, you guys. Those kind of bad decisions always come back to haunt you.
I got to wondering the other day where all of my old memorabilia stuff was from high school. I was in a million clubs and did showchoir and every.single.play.and.musical. I got awards in debate, forensics, tennis team, and art and spanish club. My biography in the class of 2001 yearbook was the longest!
::pops collar:: Impressive (capital I), I know.
Not too long ago a former classmate tagged me in some photos and it brought back a flood of memories.
Obviously, this is just a few. (Sidenote: Did you notice my name misspelled?) That “F” is my cross to bear, I suppose, for being born in the 80’s.
Theater was a big part of my life in school. My friends and I would meet up outside the drama room every morning before class started and then immediately after school was over that’s where we’d end up. All we ever did was rehearse, rehearse, rehearse, do a little homework, rehearse again. Just kidding, I never did any homework.
Being drama nerds we took theater very seriously… actually, we were teenagers, so everything was very END OF THE WORLD SERIOUS. I wrote a play once, it sucked, but it won some awards and competitions and I never realized what a neat thing that was until I was much older. Ask me about the time I got detention for sneaking out on a curfew during a drama field trip and I can honestly say now that was the silliest thing that I have ever lost my mind over. Seriously, thought I was going to die.
There was always a little competition for roles in our friendly group of drama kids and the rumors about upcoming scene-stealing freshmen class, but we were always so much closer by tech week. Those things never really mattered when you’re full of exhilaration and excitment taking bows alongside your peers on the big stage and under the bright lights. I met some of my very best friends through theater. People I still talk to today and actually like! By senior year we felt like we were on top of the world. Some kids did go off to college to pursue theater, which is awesome. The second act for me after graduation played out a little differently, but theater will always have a soft spot in my heart.
One day if I ever find my old theater and debate team t-shirts I’d like to get one of those t-shirt quilts made. I feel like that’s the raddest thing a former class nerd could do.