Monday, October 7, 2013

50th High School Reunion: Good Friends, Bad Teachers, and Look at Me I'm Sandra Dee (Not Costco Related)

I attended my 50th High School Reunion in northwestern  Pennsylvania this past weekend. I've only been back one other time in 50 years. My parents moved the summer I graduated. 

It was great fun to see old friends; many returned for the 50th.    

My least favorite teacher was in the crowd, and I thought about confronting her about the mean things she did to me, but what would have been the point?

She was my 9th grade English teacher. I had just moved to Grove City from Japan where my dad had been stationed. I sat in class terrified and intimidated, and she made a special effort to criticize me for my "know-everything attitude".  She would ask questions up and down the rows, sequentially, and deliberately skip me.  

At the reunion, she seemed proud and happy and acted like everyone's favorite teacher. So. Good. Thank God the other teachers in Grove City High School were better.

People had memories of me that are almost definitely not true.  I was the first of our group with a bikini?  I heard lots about slumber parties at my house and would think this was apocryphal, but I found this photo. These look like slumber partiers to me.  

On the way up from the airport, we stopped at the Costco in Cranberry. I'll write about that later. 

1 comment:

  1. I also heard the that she was the first of her peers to have a bikini, and apparently this made quite an impression on her friends. Oh, and a mysterious DVD of photos has accompanied us home. I'm tapping my toe here, y'know?