The Best Back To School Year Ever!


While I was in Kmart last weekend, I just so happened to walk through the main aisle on the second floor and spotted the Back-To-School highlighted area.

You know the area I’m talking about, right?

The area that used to contain all the summer highlighted items, which has recently been transformed into book bags, construction paper, crayons, glue, and pencils.

And I smiled because I was reminded of how much I dreaded school, yet LOVED shopping for school supplies at the start of a new year because everything was so fresh. There is nothing quite like the smell of a freshly sharpened new pencil!

Later that afternoon, I was also reminded of how much I enjoyed my final year in high school. And that’s strange because I had just moved from Pennsylvania to Florida right after my Junior year, which meant that my Senior year would be in a new residence and new school; not knowing anyone.

I was somewhat apprehensive and nervous because back then I was extremely shy, especially when it came to new surroundings and meeting new people.

Growing up I didn’t have many friends. I was a kid, happy and content enjoying my own company or spending time with a few close comrades.

But any reservation I had anticipated was quickly dissolved, as I was welcomed at my new school with open arms. And not only was I welcomed, but I became extremely social.

Yes! I suddenly found myself going to beach parties, bars, getting involved in school activities, auditioning for plays; spending more time socializing than I could have ever imagined.

Moving to Florida was one of the biggest life-altering and positive experiences for me because it was like taking the cork out of a champagne bottle, allowing my bubbles to rise to the surface.

My inner voice, my personality, my talents and passions had all been first realized, embraced and ignited during that single year.

And my family members were delightfully shocked to say the least.

“Is this the same Ronnie who was once quiet, shy and had no interest in socializing?”

I went from not talking much, to Chatty Kathy the Socialite.

It was truly a time of abundant joy and discovery for me, and I will always be grateful to my parents for making that move to Florida because it came at the right time and literally changed my life.

So today, I would like to share some pictorial highlights from my Senior year in high school with you guys and gals.

I edited these photos to make them a bit sharper, yet some are still fuzzy.

But hey, we're talkin' 1973-74.

Please enjoy…


I took this photo of my high school last July, when I visited my mother and brother in Florida.









I would like to conclude this post by saying thank you to the friends and teachers I met during my last year in high school, who were a HUGE part of my growth and development.

Because they were all there during a very important time in my life; nurturing me as I bubbled forth.

And to Florida, because I will always hold these fond memories in my heart.


Lately, and I know it has to do with missing my mother, I have been very conscious of my childhood and young adulthood; feeling reflective and grateful for the time in which I was born and for the wonderful life that both my parents provided for me.

They gave me everything I needed to bring where I am today.

I am blessed.

Have super cool weekend everyone!
X

63 comments

  1. Oh, the plaid, plaid, plaid! That is SO awesome that you were able to have such a great senior year. I think it's hard for anyone, popular or not, to make a change so late in the game. Loved the pics! What a cutie you were! (are)
    That's so funny because I was at a 5 year old's birthday party last week and we were all talking about how fun it was to BUY school supplies but the actual GOING to school? Not so fun.
    Big hugs for missing mom. I hear ya.
    Have a great weekend!

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  2. Terrific post and great memories, Ron. I like the school prom pictures, you looked a real dandy. And I see you were getting drama awards even at school. Obviously the move to Florida was a winning one for you and it's great that you have happy memories to look back on. As for buying school supplies, I used to drool over new pencils and new books and it's something that stayed with me. I still like to browse in stationery shops. Perhaps I never really grew up...haha.


    Happy Friday, and have a grand weekend.

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  3. Fabulous post, Ron! It was a bittersweet start of the school year for me because its the first year I didn't have someone going to public school. I was one of those weirdos who loved going back to school. Home was boring! I'm soooo glad the move to FL changed your life. Sometimes we need to start fresh somewhere new to break out of our shell. I remember that happening to me a few times in life.

    Hugs from this mom to you, Ronnie. I know you're missing her.......XO

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  4. Wow--you've got some great memories to draw from. That move for the senior year was a life changing move....definitely for the good. One would have thought it the opposite, but boy.....I'm glad it turned that direction for you. Looks like a happy you! HOLY moly that's one huge grill.....how fun to be flipping burgers on that! And the hairstyles and plaids..wide belts and crop tops. Oh yes.....LOL I remember them well. :-)
    What I don't remember well is much of my growing up years. Maybe because that's yet to happen? LOL I do remember bits and pieces. And there's a yearbook or two shoved in a box somewhere. Nonono--I'm not going hunting for 'sharing' purposes. OH my gosh, more like 'where is it so I can destroy it'. We keep those things, why? LOL


    Happy weekend to you, sir. Betcha do miss your mom. But boy are you graced to have such great memories to pull up any time you like.

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  5. Great post! There is a huge difference in your last school year and mine, in a relatively short time, things changed so much.

    Going to school in London, meant not many friendships were made. People travelled from a wide area to schools back then. We didn't have any social activities in our school. No drama, no music studies. Nothing at all that helped forge real friendships. It was a pretty non-eventful year in my life. Just waiting to leave and start work.

    It's great that you have those memories and photos.

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  6. blessed indeed. these pics made me smile. i totally can't imagine you being shy and quiet. you are a social being now. i guess we all go through that shy and quiet stage. i dip in and out of it myself, still.


    great too that you have those pics. it's nice to look back. a few months ago, i looked through some old school pics and yes, i had a camera with me even back then, but not every day. i often wonder what happened to my schoolmates though i'm not interested in a reunion.

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  7. I really hope at some point in time I can look back at highschool as fondly as you do. I think for me its still a little too fresh- although long enough away- that I don't want it to come back and thinking of it makes it seem like it just might! I was the anti social girl who no one really bothered to mess with. Now though, I connect with people in my own way on my own time. I really like this time in my life more than any school years I have experienced.

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  8. Rob LenihanAugust 23, 2013

    What a lovely post, Ron! I'm glad you had the chance to pop your cork and let those bubbles fly!

    And these photos are so cool! I wish I could've gone to high school in Boca Raton, as opposed to the medieval dungeon in Brooklyn that I went to.
    I love the sight of all those fresh notebooks on the store shelves. I feel like they're just waiting for me to grab them and fill them up with all my brilliant ideas!
    You truly are blessed, buddy. I was feeling really cranky and bummed this morning, but after reading this post I realized that I am blessed for knowing you!
    Have a bubbly weekend, my friend!

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  9. Lovely post Ron and I so enjoyed seeing photos of you in high school! I'm so glad your move to Florida had such a good result for you. x

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  10. Ron, this made me tear up thinking of your mother. What a beautiful post! I could feel your joy of this school year through your words. And these photo of you and your friends are so great. I love the way you put them together. How clever! Great photo of you in your prom tux.



    I was a lot like you when I was a kid, shy and to myself. It was when I got into my Junior and Senior year did I become more social and blossom.


    Have a wonderful weekend, Ron. X

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  11. Hey Chrissy Girl!

    "Oh, the plaid, plaid, plaid!"

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! I know, can you BELIEVE that? And the big yellow bow tie!!!

    "That's so funny because I was at a 5 year old's birthday party last week and we were all talking about how fun it was to BUY school supplies but the actual GOING to school? Not so fun."

    Amen! After the excitement of buying my school supplies worn off, reality hit me....OMG, now I have to actually GO to school...bummer!!!"

    "Big hugs for missing mom. I hear ya."

    Thank you. I am really missing her right now.

    Thanks for stopping by, girl. Have a most excellent weekend!

    X

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  12. Goooood morning Valerie!

    Thank you :) I had a lot of fun putting these pictures together for this post. It was like taking a walk back to my past.

    " And I see you were getting drama awards even at school."

    HAHAHHAHAHAHAHA! Yes, my mother used to refer to me as, "My DRAMATIC son."

    "As for buying school supplies, I used to drool over new pencils and new books and it's something that stayed with me."



    Meeeee too! And it's funny because I think of today and how everything is primarily done on a computer, I wonder how much schools supplies (like pencils and pens) are even used in school anymore.


    Much thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Have a GRAND weekend too!


    X

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  13. Angelia SimsAugust 23, 2013

    Pretty sure I just busted a gut. Those PHOTOS ROCK. OMG. Soooo funny! I love them. You and your prom buddy were too cool. Checkered pants. HA HA HA HA.
    I also love that your last year was the best AND made you who you are today. That is a wonderful story of change and growth. So glad you found the pics!

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  14. Hey there Bijoux!

    "It was a bittersweet start of the school year for me because its the first year I didn't have someone going to public school."

    (((((((( You ))))))))

    I know, that has to be bittersweet for parents.

    " I was one of those weirdos who loved going back to school. Home was boring!"

    No, I don't think that's weird at all, I think it's AWESOME that you loved going to school!

    " Sometimes we need to start fresh somewhere new to break out of our shell. I remember that happening to me a few times in life."



    Yes, and that's what this was....a fresh start.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a lovely weekend!

    X

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  15. Hiya Mel!

    Yes, it was definitely for the GOOD. And I told my parents many times how grateful I was for that move because it made me blossom.

    "HOLY moly that's one huge grill.....how fun to be flipping burgers on that!"

    Yes, isn't is HUGE? That was in public beach park in Boca Raton, where we would have our picnics on the weekends. FUN, FUN, FUN!

    "What I don't remember well is much of my growing up years. Maybe because that's yet to happen? LOL"

    HA! Same here, Mel! I'm STILL growing up.

    "And there's a yearbook or two shoved in a box somewhere."



    I am so BUMMED because I left my high school yearbook in NYC when I moved back to Florida.


    Much thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Have a beautiful weekend!


    X

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  16. Hiya Babs!

    "We didn't have any social activities in our school. No drama, no music studies. Nothing at all that helped forge real friendships. It was a pretty non-eventful year in my life. Just waiting to leave and start work."



    That's how I felt about my years spent in Catholic school because back then, Catholic school was focused primarily on traditional education. Years later, did they begin to filter in more studies that had to do with creativity. By the time I had gotten to my Senior year in high school, that's when they were offering 'elective' courses - such as drama.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my friend. Have a wonderful weekend!


    X to you and Mo!

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  17. Hey V Girl!

    " i totally can't imagine you being shy and quiet. you are a social being now. i guess we all go through that shy and quiet stage. i dip in and out of it myself, still."

    HA! Yes, me too. I am definitely more social than I used to be, but also go through periods of enjoying my solitude. I still enjoy my own company.

    "a few months ago, i looked through some old school pics and yes, i had a camera with me even back then, but not every day."

    Oh, me too! It was like I wanted capture the MOMENTS. And I'm glad I did because I wouldn't have these pictures.

    "i often wonder what happened to my schoolmates though i'm not interested in a reunion."



    I went to my 10-year reunion and had a BLAST, but didn't go to any after that. I still keep in contact with one of my high school friends who still lives in Florida.


    Thanks for stopping by, girl. Have a SUPER weekend!


    X

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  18. Hey there Shae!

    "I really hope at some point in time I can look back at high school as fondly as you do. I think for me its still a little too fresh."

    Yes, that's the way it was for me too, Shae. I really didn't start looking back at high school until much later. I think I was probably in my late 30's.

    " I was the anti social girl who no one really bothered to mess with."

    Yes, me as well - for most of my school years. But then suddenly in my Senior year, things changed.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Have a MARVI weekend!


    X

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  19. Hey there Rob!

    Thank you, buddy. Lately, I've been reflecting on my past and realizing just how great it was; grateful for the life my parents provided for me.

    "I wish I could've gone to high school in Boca Raton, as opposed to the medieval dungeon in Brooklyn that I went to."

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA! You crack me up, man! But, really, that's how I felt moving to Florida - going from the grayness of the north east, to the bright sunshine of Florida. And yet, I ended up moving back here, isn't that funny? I'm glad I'm back though, to my roots.

    "I love the sight of all those fresh notebooks on the store shelves."



    Aren't they the coolest? And I STILL love those original marble copybooks, which they still have.


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, Rob, and for your sweet words. I'm blessed for knowing you too!


    Have a SUPA' weekend!


    X

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  20. Thank you, Peal. Glad you enjoyed.


    And yes, I'm glad my move to Florida had such a great result as well. It came at the right time and in the right place. I am blessed.


    Thank you for stopping by, m'dear! Have a lovely weekend!

    X

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  21. Hola Denise!

    Thank you. I myself teared up thinking of not only my mother, but my father as well while looking at these photos and putting this post together these past few days. I was reminded of what a wonderful life they provided for me.

    I put all these photos together over at Picmonkey. They have a whole 'school theme' going on over there that is so much fun!

    " It was when I got into my Junior and Senior year did I become more social and blossom."



    Isn't it something how that sometimes happens? We hit a certain age and a certain time when we come out of our shell and blossom.


    Thank you for stopping by, girl. Have wonderful weekend too!


    X

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  22. Needless to say, It was a catholic school I went to ;)

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  23. Lovely nostalgic look into the past, Ron! Unlike you, I always looked forward to the start of a new school term. Nothing smells better than a newly-opened box of Crayons!


    Did you inwardly cringe at the prospect of moving to a new school? I bet you did, being a shy kid and all. But looking back on it, what a blessing in disguise!


    We're all fortunate that you "blossomed" that year, my friend. The world needs more exuberant, vivacious, interesting people!


    Happy Friday, at last!

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  24. Helloooooo Angelia!

    OMG...aren't these photos HILARIOUS?

    "Checkered pants. HA HA HA HA."

    I know, can you BELIEVE that?!? Checkered pants and suit coats where HUGE back then. And it's funny because now I can't stand wearing anything that has any sort of pattern on my clothes - I prefer sold colors.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, my friend. Wishing you a lovely weekend!

    X

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  25. Oh my!!!!


    Yup...so you know EXACTLY what I mean ;)


    X

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  26. Goood morning Debbie!

    "Unlike you, I always looked forward to the start of a new school term."

    Good for you!! And I bet you were an AWESOME student too!

    "Nothing smells better than a newly-opened box of Crayons!"

    Yes! Yes! Yes! LOVE that smell! In fact, I still have a coloring book and a box of crayons that I used whenever I'm sick with a cold or flu because coloring makes me feel so much better.

    "I bet you did, being a shy kid and all. But looking back on it, what a blessing in disguise!"



    Exactly, a blessing in disguise!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady, and for your sweet words. You're a dear heart!


    Happy Friday and have super-duper weekend!


    X

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  27. Ron, these photo ROCK! What a great blast from the past. And I am so digging those checkered pants and jackets!


    It's so hard for me to think of you as shy and not social because you're so outspoken, open and social on your blog.


    Great post, dude!

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  28. Hiya Matt!

    "And I am so digging those checkered pants and jackets!"

    HA! Yeah, checkered prints where the RAGE back then. I remember shopping with my friend (in the photo) for our prom tuxedos and both of us wanting checkered, however, I decided to just let him get it, and went with a solid.

    "It's so hard for me to think of you as shy and not social because you're so outspoken, open and social on your blog."



    When I first started this blog 6 years ago, I was WAY shy of sharing as much as I do now. That has come through my years of blogging. But I will say that blogging has kept me very social, meeting other bloggers in person; becoming close friends offline as well.


    Thanks for stopping by, bud. Have a super weekend!


    X

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  29. Loved going on that little trip down memory lane with you. The clothes though, I have to chuckle a little. The 70s just didn't have that same class and grace. haha
    So glad your adjustment to a new state/school/friends went so well.
    I, too, loved all the new school supplies and their smells. Mmm... fresh crayons, sharpened pencils, construction paper, GLUE. haha!
    My grandson is starting 1st grade (can you even believe it!?) and I offered to get him all the items on the supply list. It was fun shopping. Of course, these days, instead of just crayons and pencils... they need dry erase markers and hand sanitizer.
    Great old photos, thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend, Ron. xo

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  30. Meant to say... in addition to crayons and pencils... they needed the other stuff too. lol

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  31. "The clothes though, I have to chuckle a little. The 70s just didn't have that same class and grace. haha"

    HAHAHAHAHAHA! You're so right, Mary! OMG...when I think of how much checkered and prints I wore during that time, compared to how much I prefer solids now, I could CRINGE.

    "My grandson is starting 1st grade (can you even believe it!?) and I offered to get him all the items on the supply list. It was fun shopping."



    Oh, how FUN that must have been for you and he!


    Much thanks for stopping by and catching up on my posts, my friend. You're a sweetheart!


    Have a FABU weekend!


    X

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  32. HA! I understood :)

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  33. BenzekneesAugust 23, 2013

    OMG, I graduated in 1973 so our school lives took place in the same era! Unfortunately, I attended school in cold Winterpeg (Winnipeg, Man., Canada) so I didn't get to attend any beach parties.

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  34. Hey there Benzeknees!

    "OMG, I graduated in 1973 so our school lives took place in the same era!"

    I actually 'moved' to Florida in 1973, and then 'graduated' in 74. But hey, we're still CLOSE!!!!!

    "I attended school in cold Winterpeg (Winnipeg, Man., Canada) so I didn't get to attend any beach parties."

    I know, it was so odd for me (being from the north east) to be suddenly going to beach parties in OCTOBER and NOVEMBER :)

    Ooooo....and are you from CANADA??? I have to get there one day because everyone who's been, has had nothing but WONDERFUL things to say about it.

    Much thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Have a super weekend!

    X

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  35. Ron, what a heartfelt and touching post. I love the way you write because we can feel your emotions and feelings through your words.


    And what great photos! My god, weren't the clothes and hairstyles so different back in the 70's? It's like almost every girl wore their hair like Cher, parted down the middle. And the guys worn their hair wavy or curly. What a trip!


    Boy, to move from one place to another right before your Senior year must have been scary. But it seems that it all worked out perfectly for you.


    Have a super cool weekend, Ron!

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  36. Hey ho Robert!

    Thank you, buddy. I've been feeling very reflective lately; missing my mother, so I've been visiting my past and seeing just how blessed I was having she and my father as parents.

    " It's like almost every girl wore their hair like Cher, parted down the middle. And the guys worn their hair wavy or curly."

    HAHAHAHAHAHA!

    Oh, I know...weren't the clothing and hair styles so different in the '70's? And back then we thought we were the COOLEST of COOLS! I used to use a hot comb on my hair to get it straighter, but then when I moved to NYC, I just let my hair go natural and ended up with a FRO. I looked like Greg Brady!

    "But it seems that it all worked out perfectly for you."

    Yes it did :) BEST year ever!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, buddy. Have a super cool weekend as well!

    X

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  37. What a beautiful post! Isn't it interesting how life can turn upsidedown with just one change? You embraced the change and life rewarded you with an amazing year. Bravo! Thanks for taking us down memory lane.

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  38. Hello there Lisa!

    "Isn't it interesting how life can turn upsidedown with just one change?"

    Yes it is. And how interesting that what we are often apprehensive about, ends up being for the BEST.

    Who knew?

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, Lisa! Have a terrific weekend, my friend!

    X

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  39. " I just let my hair go natural and ended up with a FRO. I looked like Greg Brady!"


    ROFL!


    Yes, I remember the pic you shared on one of your posts with that FRO.

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  40. OMG Robert, you're right...I forgot about that!!! I think it was my old passport photo.

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  41. Hi Ron. Great post as usual and some fine photos too.

    Two things.
    1) I always hated those Back To School displays, they always appear about two weeks prior to school actually restarting and all they did was serve to remind us that we'd HAVE TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL.
    2) "I just so happened to walk through the main isle on the second floor" Isle? I can only assume that this is,
    i) a typo
    ii) yet another American twist on the "English" you speak over there
    iii) a rather quaint display, located on a small grassy mound surrounded by water.

    Yours pedantically,
    dalecooper57.

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  42. Oh what great pics Ron! What a cutie you were/are. This brought back some great memories for me too. What a fun era it was to be in high school. I've never had such loyal friends like I did back then, as an adult. Stephen King is right about that.
    Have a wonderful weekend, G
    PS: If any of your readers are interested, I have a free promo on this weekend at Amazon for my new romance ebook:
    Third Chapter, Second Chance.
    Off to a good start this morning, with the title moving up the charts nicely. ;<)
    You can read all about it here, with a link to my Amazon book page too.
    www.myreallifereviews.com

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  43. my comment disappeared, do you have comment moderation on?

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  44. Helloooooo Dale!

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for catching that TYPO - and YES...it was a typo which I just change :)

    I actually made TWO typo's on this post, one of which I caught yesterday.

    I swear to god, sometimes I think I need to hire a PROOF READER.

    "they always appear about two weeks prior to school actually restarting and all they did was serve to remind us that we'd HAVE TO GO BACK TO SCHOOL."

    Exactly! I felt the same way because I truly dreaded school. In fact, the only thing I DID like was purchasing new supplies.

    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, buddy. Hope you're having a FAB weekend!

    X

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  45. Yes, I do use comment moderation, but I have your comments pre-approved to go through, so I don't know what happened. Sometimes Disqus does hiccup.


    Sorry about that, dear lady....X

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  46. Hello there Geraldine!

    Aw, thank you. I had so much fun putting this post together and looking through all my old photos!


    Yes, the friends I had back then were awesome, however, I do have a loyal and close friendship now as well.


    Thanks so much for stopping by, dear lady. Have a glorious weekend!


    X

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  47. The photos came out great, Ron!

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  48. Jane AbbottAugust 25, 2013

    Hey Ron
    Boy I remember the clothes & hair styles so well, especially the Farrah Fawcett. . . . . So this means summer is over ? ? ? Great catching up last week. I'm looking forward to Fall colors
    FYI: Rockefeller Plaza, September 23 ( Today show) CHER ! ! !

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  49. Hey Jane!!!!

    Thank you so much for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment!

    "Boy I remember the clothes & hair styles so well, especially the Farrah Fawcett."

    HA! Weren't they WILD????

    Yes, can you believe it? Summer is almost over :(

    And yeah...I'm looking forward to Fall colors as well. I LOVE Fall!!!

    Great catching up with you too last week. I SO enjoyed our conversation!

    "FYI: Rockefeller Plaza, September 23 ( Today show) CHER ! ! !"



    OMG...I'm dying! I just went online a Googled that and yes, Cher is coming to NYC in Sept.!!!!


    Have a great week, Jane!


    And say hello and love to your mother.

    X

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  50. This is an awesome post Ron!! I wasn't very social in high school at all. I moved from Ohio to NY just a couple of months after I graduated. I have maintained contact with a couple of people I went to high school with, but have not been back to visit since the 80's! I totally love the plaid pants and the Farrah Fawcett hair!! Good times, my friend!! I do believe that these things mean more to us as we pass the age of fifty... xo Jeanne

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  51. Herman TurnipAugust 25, 2013

    Great trip down memory lane!

    I would say that I was the opposite from you. I hated high school. Never socialized in the school setting. Apart from a few skater friends I didn't really dig people. That all changed when I joined the Air Force. Those four years were the best years of my life, and I wouldn't trade them in for the world!

    I do have pictures from that time, but they would only serve to incriminate me in some questionable behavior that Karin wouldn't laugh at. Heh... Yeah, good times. good times.

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  52. Helloooooo Jeanne!!!

    "I have maintained contact with a couple of people I went to high school with..."

    That's AWESOME! I have really only kept in contact with ONE person I went to high school with. He still lives in Boca.

    "I totally love the plaid pants and the Farrah Fawcett hair!! Good times, my friend!!"

    Aren't they WILD????

    "I do believe that these things mean more to us as we pass the age of fifty.."

    Yes, you're absolutely right!

    Much thanks for stopping by, dear lady. Hope you had a maaaaaaaavelous weekend!

    X to you and the girlz!

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  53. Hey there Herman!!!

    " That all changed when I joined the Air Force. Those four years were the best years of my life, and I wouldn't trade them in for the world!"

    That's AWESOME, buddy! I think we all have different times when we sorta blossomed and become more social. And your time was back in the Air Force.

    "I do have pictures from that time, but they would only serve to incriminate me in some questionable behavior that Karin wouldn't laugh at."



    Bwhahahahahhahahaha! OMG...that made me HOWL!


    And I could ONLY imagine!


    Thanks a bunch for stopping by, buddy. I was thinking of you and the family these past couple of days and wondering how your trip to Disney with Tyler was.


    Can't WAIT to read and see all about it!


    X to you, Karin, and Mr. Tyler!

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  54. A few things. 1. They call me chatty Kathy as a joke at work LOL! 2. I LOVE THOSE PHOTOS!! and 3. Back to school... that starts tomorrow for us... AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!111

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  55. "1. They call me chatty Kathy as a joke at work LOL!"

    OMG, Katherine, how funny!!!!

    Now can you imagine YOU and I together???

    It would be a Chatty Kathy fest!!!

    Yes, that's right...tomorrow starts school!!!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, girl. Hope you had SUPA weekend!

    X

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  56. "Moving to Florida was one of the biggest life-altering and positive experiences for me because it was like taking the cork out of a champagne bottle, allowing my bubbles to rise to the surface."

    Awww! I love that.

    And these photos? ABSOLUTELY priceless!

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  57. I so love the photos! You were very cute in high school. It is fun to look through old photos. I was not a big fan of high school. I guess I was ready to get out and find my way in college.

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  58. Hey Meleah!

    Thanks, girl. I had so much FUN going through a box of old photos and looking at these. Some of them were sooo faded.

    Much thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful week!

    (((((((( You )))))))

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  59. Hiya Jen!

    Thank you :) It was so fun to discover these old photos after being in a box for so long. They even SMELLED old - HA!

    " I was not a big fan of high school. I guess I was ready to get out and find my way in college."



    Actually, me too. It was really only my Senior year in high school that I enjoyed. But even then, I couldn't wait to move to NYC after that summer.


    Thanks for stopping by, girl. Have a super week!


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  60. I hope YOU have a wonderful week too!

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  61. Those are great pictures! I cannot believe we lived so close for so long!


    I always love the way you write about your parents. It's nice to know that someone loved their mother and father and appreciated the way they were raised. Having a son as kind, caring, talented and funny as you is a true testament as to how wonderful your parents were.



    My memory lane trick is to smell a box of crayons - never fails to bring back the good childhood memories. The weird looks from the kids in the aisle is a plus!

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  62. Hey Lady Nitebyrd!!

    "I cannot believe we lived so close for so long!"

    I KNOW, can you BELIEVE that?!?! And I bet we met each other in passing in Florida at one point, but didn't know!

    Aw....thank you so much for your sweet words. Lately, I've been missing both my mother and father, and reflecting on the wonderful life they provided for me. Truly, I had AWESOME parents.

    "My memory lane trick is to smell a box of crayons - never fails to bring back the good childhood memories. The weird looks from the kids in the aisle is a plus!"

    HAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA! But I know what you mean, the smell of crayons ROCKS!

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Sis! Hope you're having a terrific week!

    X ya!

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