Thanks to Mama Kat and her weekly Writer’s Workshop, I’m taking you back to high school in the 80’s. So …
In order of importance, I’ve compiled a list of things I would do differently if given the chance to go back to high school.
I would leave my hair alone. Before high school, my hair was long, dark brown, straight and normal looking. The Summer before Eighth Grade, I layered my hair and permed it. I ended up looking like a brunette poodle and that’s being kind to myself. I was horrified because the perm was suppose to produce big curls but the hairdresser used rods that were too small and I ended up with super tight curls that pretty much stuck to my head. The experience was devastating and whenever I look at my Eighth Grade photo in my yearbook, I cringe at the sight of me. I didn’t learn much from this experience though because after this scenario, I coloured my hair with Sun In ( remember that stuff?) the following Summer and lived through the Ninth Grade with orange coloured hair. It was horrific. I, honestly, didn’t look normal until I was in the Tenth Grade. Thank GOD for that!
I would kick being shy to the curb. In high school, I was social and outgoing with my friends and classmates but God forbid a boy I liked talked to me, I would clam up, get all shy and then say the stupidest of things. I had many crushes throughout my five years of high school bliss but I never had a boyfriend because I was too shy to purse anyone I liked. A dream come true for my Father!
I would approach Algebra class very differently. By the Ninth grade, I absolutely hated Algebra class. Math was my enemy and I deemed myself incapable of learning it. I gave up without a fight. I realize now how fun and intriguing Math can be if it’s presented and viewed in exactly this way. I never truly realized how much I actually liked Math until I took a Teaching Math for Teachers course in University. As a teacher now, I present and teach Math to my students in a way that is exciting and fun. It really can be if you approach it with the right frame of mind.
I would refrain from wearing the white boots with tassels, the neon yellow, sugar-knit sweater and socks, the leg warmers and the shoulder pads. Oh God, the shoulder pad era was so awful. Everyone was wearing them though. Cyndi Lauper, Madonna ~ the greats! It was hard not to follow these trends. Yes, they were ugly, ugly trends.
Last but not least, I would put more effort into my relationship with my Mother. The five years of high school was tough between her and I. I didn’t take the time to understand where she was coming from and I was too wrapped up in myself, my feelings and my own drama to care about anything else. My Mom was only looking out for my best interest and, at times, was going though her own issues of which I had absolutely no clue. I didn’t know then but I know now and I plan on doing my best to nurture my relationship with my own teenage daughter.
God help me with that. I will need it!