high school

EDIT (4:13 pm): So, I just got Nina out of her crib, kissed her, and OUCH! The pain in my tooth is back. Hmm.

Okay, so I just got home from the dentist. I get there, climb in the chair, Nina on my lap. He asks me where it hurts, I point, he prods. Nothing. No pain. He tries something else. No pain. I start laughing. He starts laughing. ??? Long story short–either I was imagining things (not possible) or God performed some sort of wacko miracle. “So, why’d I waste a trip across town, God, if you were just going to fix me yourself?” Turns out He had some people He wanted Nina and me to encourage. Karen, the receptionist, for one. Her hubby leaves for Iraq in a week for EIGHTEEN months. We chatted for a bit, then she loved on Nina while Dr. DeVese tried to figure out what in the heck my problem was. (still no pain…) ???

As promised…

All About High School…

1. Who were your best friends?
Tammy, Rebecca, Silvia, Jeremy, Michael

2.What sports did you play?
cross country, basketball, track

3. What kind of car did you drive?
1978 Ford Fairmont station wagon. Cherry-red. “The Beast.” I wrote a 10-page paper on it once, detailing all its ailments. I got an A. 

4. It’s Friday night, where were you?
Sitting in the bleachers at a football game with the rest of the marching band. Acting like an idiot and making people laugh.

5. Were you a party animal?
Nope. A small group of us all hung out together, but no parties.

6. Were you considered a flirt?
Hmm… I wouldn’t say so. Some might disagree. I had a boyfriend most of the time, so I kept myself in check, I’m sure. (mostly sure)

7. Were you in band, orchestra, or choir?
Marching band. Concert band. Played the world’s dumbest instrument (clarinet).

8. Were you a nerd?
Aren’t we all? No, in high school I was pretty cool. Ask me about junior high though. Or just find a picture of me with a side ponytail.

9. Did you get suspended/expelled?

10. Can you sing the fight song?
On you tigers! On you tigers! Fight, fight through the night! Never fear and always fight, for victory’s now in sight. Rah, rah, rah! On you tigers! On you tigers! Fight for future fame! Fight, tigers, fight, fight, fight, and win this game!

Wow. I guess I can. Where did that come from?

11. Who were your favorite teachers?
Mr. Lynxwiler (English) and Mr. Steider (Physics)

12. Where did you sit during lunch?
In the cafeteria with my friends and boyfriend.

13.What was your school’s full name?
West Liberty-Salem Junior/Senior High School 

14. School mascot?

15. Did you go to Prom?
Yes. In the world’s most hideous dress my junior year, and the world’s shortest dress my senior year. (where were my scruples??)

16. If you could go back and do it over, would you?
Oh my goodness, no.

17. What do you remember most about graduation?
My speech. I openly shared my faith—something I didn’t do as often as I would have liked while in school. I wrote it at the last minute and successfully dodged the superintendent who wanted to “make sure everything in my speech was acceptable.” It wasn’t. Well, it was to God, and that’s all that mattered.

18. What was your favorite class?
Hmmm…probably Senior English Lit.

19. Where were you on senior skip day?
I don’t remember that day.

20. Did you have a job your senior year?

21. Where did you go most often for lunch?
The cafeteria. We couldn’t leave.

22. Have you gained weight since then?
No weight. Just flab.

23. What did you do after graduation?
Went to Cedarville College (now UNIVERSITY). Majored in Nursing for 2 quarters. Remembered that I hate blood. Switched to Elementary Education. Finished in 3 years.

24. When did you graduate?

25. Who was your Senior prom date?
Jeremy D. 

26. Are you going to your 10 year reunion?
Oops! I forgot to go! (I swore I’d never go to one, but my dad said I’d change my mind by my 20th. He might be right.)

28. What was your favorite thing to eat at lunch?
Can’t remember. Junk, I’m sure.

29. Who was your boy/girlfriend?
Jeremy D.

30. What was your favorite memory your senior year?
Wow. Hmm.. A winning basketball season for once—thanks to my darling friend, Silvia (exchange student from Italy). It was a great year all around. Lots and lots of fun.

31. Did you like how you looked in your senior picture?

32. How have you changed since high school?
You know, I’m not sure. I was more of a goofball then, but I still have those tendencies. I’m more in love with Jesus, more excited about heaven. I love being 31, wouldn’t want to be 18 again for the life of me. But those years helped shape who I am, and I’m grateful for them.


21 thoughts on “high school

  1. Anonymous

    PS… I copied your survey!  Our ladies Bible study LOVES to email around these kinds of surveys and we can get to know each other without taking up a lot of time during our study!  (Some print them for the few who don’t use or have email!)  Gonna post mine on my blog and email my church friends!  Thanks for taking the time to type up and answer them!  Too fun!

  2. Anonymous

    ^Hehe… here’s praying for your tooth exorcism!

    Neal has the same thing… pain comes and goes.  He was told he needs a root canal.  Not sure he’ll do it, unless driven by pain, seeing how he hardly goes in for his regular visits!  Although with his last procedure he really liked the ‘laughing gas’.  Hmm… maybe I can entice him!

    Loved the survey!  It’s funny to picture you from your survey and supplant you into our high school and then picture you and Gabe together back then!  Too fun!  Didn’t you beat him playing basketball when you two met… or something along those lines?  Now that’s some good stuff there!

    I got a professional ‘friend’ picture with Gabe from our senior ‘banquet’!  Only he looks like less than half of who he is now!  He was SO skinny (and tall) in high school!  Even in a tux!  Cracks me up.  (I was there with my boyfriend at the time, but he knew the Tavianos from church and just loved T, so he totally didn’t care about a pic with Gabe!) 

    And on a side note…  our junior year banquet… I went with Chad!  Yep… your brother Chad, Krista!  Strickly friends you know!  Our dates ended up deciding to go together just days before!  So while discussing their issues at Pizza Hut on Allentown Rd, we decided to go to baquet together!  Good times… good times. 

  3. Hoffmom

    Wow, we have a lot of similarities as far as HS goes.  I too drove a red beast (an enormous Chevy Caprice station wagon….I can now parallel park anything).  I ran cross country, played the clarinet in concert band (always wished I’d listened to my parents and picked the flute…but refused to admit it until recently), and had a steady boyfriend for the last two years.  In fact, we used to run against West-Liberty Salem.  Perhaps we actually competed against each other in CC my senior year, your freshman?  Funny!  Seems like a lifetime ago, doesn’t it?

  4. YoYoYoder

    It was fun reading about your high school experience. It’s crazy that I didn’t really even know you at all when you were in high school and now we’re so close! I want to read more!

    I remember when you got your junior prom dress and I asked Mom if I had to wear your dress when I was old enough to go to prom. I was surprised (and relieved) when she said I’d get to pick out my own dress!

    Reading about Silvia made me sad. Do you know if she ever got saved? “Does anybody has a candy?”

  5. Abs7

    ^I was thinking the same thing. I’m curious as to the topic of the paper “The Beast” was the subject of.

    I hope your daughters never see the picture of the really short dress because I have a feeling they will use that against you when they want to wear a short dress- at least I did that with my mom…

  6. kkakwright

    We NEED to see a picture of this short prom dress.  I can only imagine your long skinny legs sticking out of the bottom. 
    How come we haven’t discussed the fact that we both played the world’s dumbest instrument before?  We have so much to catch up on.

  7. stephaniedawnbasham

    I think you meant to say that the clarinet is the world’s most awesome instrument. I’ll let it slip this once.

    I remembered the fight song too! It hasn’t been quite as long since high school for me, but still. It’s surprising what comes back, isn’t it?

    Praise the Lord that we’re all out of high school! Phew.

  8. tonialynn59

    That is something about your tooth.  A toothache is an awful thing.  I don’t know about yout but it affects everything about me!  I get very grumpy!  Praying for you dear friend!  Also loved the high school stuff.  I will post mine maybe tonight later or tomorrow.

  9. gsowell

    ^^that comment about wanting your coolness rocks!!!^^

    I bet your 10p. paper about the Beast was fabulous, and I can’t help picturing you in your short prom dres…you’re tall…I bet that was A LOT of leg.

  10. kellyleelizabeth

    You were the coolest person ever in high school, and I wanted everyone to know that we were related when I went to WLS in Junior High! Mmmmm, the highlight of my school days was running into you after gym class. You would say hi, and I’d hope everyone saw so that some of the coolness would transfer to me. Never happened. Some people’s nerd-dom just can’t be overcome.

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