These days, with as much as I forget (which is uh-lot!) I remember some of the silliest things from years ago:
· During my senior year in high school, I had an orange Gremlin. That’s not hard to remember…that’s hard to forget! But needless to say, there weren’t too many of them around…they were already obsolete when I had mine. One night, while on my way home around midnight, a car got right on my bumper and tailed me down the mile stretch of road where my parents live. I just assumed it was one of my friends being stupid. When I whipped into my parents drive (the road curved perfectly into the drive by just cutting the wheel a little to the left), the other car missed the drive completely. Any of my friends, even the (sometimes) stupid ones, would have known where I lived. The car backed up and came down the drive. It was a deputy sheriff. I put my hands on my hips and informed him that he’d scared me nearly to death! (I didn’t mind a little lie here and there when I was younger. I don’t do that anymore. Really.) He stammered around and finally asked me if my car had been stolen, because he’d gotten a report that car like mine had been stolen. I’m pretty sure he lied, too. Who would steal an orange Gremlin?
· I won’t mention that the kids in my family had all the classy cars: Pinto, Vega, Gremlin. There’s no need for you to know everything.
· We went through a short phase in High School where we used the expression “Hang Body Body,” referring to guys. I believe Sharon originated it, but she left this world some years ago. We also said, “Hang nosey nosey” about one or two guys; and truthfully, I’m not exactly sure what either of those terms meant…and I probably don’t want to know. I remember lines used by guys (not pick up lines), such as Marcus saying “Bless me, ‘scuse me, SCAT!” when he sneezed, or Greg telling Wendell, “By the time I get through with you, Haskell won’t ask you ‘what happened?’ He’ll say, ‘How’d you ever get loose?’”
· A little boy, Keith, in the ‘hood where I grew up once said, “Taj Mahal” to me as a way of saying goodbye. I have used that term many, many times since then… just as I’ve often used “bless me, excuse me, scat!” over the years.
· I got to school one day only to realize my shirt was on inside out. The only reason I “realized” it was because Carol told me.
· Marietta and Carolyn got into a fight in the hallway and they meant business. Don’t ever get in the middle of a girl fight. You just might lose a handful of hair, or a couple of teeth.
· Melissa threatened to beat me up, and I was really scared. She didn’t, much to my relief.
It’s amazing how much I have retained from years and years ago, but have a hard time remembering where we ate this weekend.
I hope your Friday is lovely,
and your weekend even lovelier!