Ah, pre-adolescence. Has it changed since I was a young lass? Since my Wee One is only 2, I’ll let you know in about 8-10 years. So until then, I’ll just talk about
One of my first dances was in the small gym in the upstairs of a church, where my school was. There were about 150 kids in the whole building, so the dance was pretty small. And honestly, it seemed stupid. These were the same kids I saw every day. They were mean to me, I didn’t like being around them, so I didn’t see how going to a dance with them would be special.
I went anyway, because that’s what you do in junior high. My usual “uniform” consisted of high-top tennis shoes, baggy jeans, and a baggy sweatshirt or button down shirt. for the dance, though, I put on a special skirt (or maybe shorts that looked like a skirt, actually) that had straps that went over my shoulders like suspenders. It was the early 90’s. I had on flats and a mock turtleneck shirt. I doubt I put on makeup because I’m not a make-up person, and I’m sure my hair was in it’s customary ponytail.
I remember walking around the gym feeling different than I normally did, feeling a little better. I remember dancing up to this girl Louise, raising up my hands to the beat of the song “Shout.” I raised them up one extra time, and I remember Louise, who was already smiling at me, start giggling at my gaffe. I played it off, and I don’t know if anyone else noticed. Which was nice, to just have a friend giggle with me, rather than non-friends laughing at me.
How about you? Let us squirm with you memories of long ago days!
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