Earlier today, I came across a pile of old photos and spent an absolutely delightful time walking down memory lane.
This photo in particular stood out to me and caused me to laugh out loud:
That is me on the right and my best friend Tracy on the left.
The year was 1987 and the event was my brother’s high school graduation party.
As always, I am documenting everything. From the moment I received my first Fisher Price camera as a kid (does anyone else remember these?!)
to a Polaroid I received as a young teenager, to the GIANT video camera my parents gave me when I was in my 20s, I was forever capturing moments with a camera. (still am).
Let’s note a few things about this photo, shall we?
* I was so skinny! Although at that point in time, I probably thought I was fat, as girls are prone to do. Totally insane. I don’t imagine that I will ever see the number 110 on a scale again in my life.
*Can we take a minute to appreciate the fabulous 80’s hair? A mullet at its finest, I tell you!
Speaking of mullets, I simply must digress for a moment to present you with a visual tour of the fact that in my youth, I apparently loved mullets. Observe:
Nevermind the mullet: what in the world am I wearing?!
Tragic, isn’t it? I think we can all agree that the mullet should never, ever return.
*Notice the boom box. That was the newest thing because it was so small! When I showed this to my daughter, she laughed out loud while holding her tiny iPod in her hand. And it was playing a cassette tape. I had spent many an hour hunched over Casey Kasem’s America’s Top 40 to make the perfect graduation party mix tape. That tape was filled with the vocal stylings of The Bangles, Heart, Bob Seger, Bon Jovi, Huey Lewis and the News, Michael Jackson, Springsteen, etc. The soundtrack of my youth that fills me with happiness for a time when life was easy carefree, bright and fun. (Those same songs are all on my iPod today. 80’s music makes me all kinds of happy).
*Tracy was content to follow me around all day holding that boom box so that my video would have the perfect soundtrack. I can be heard several times telling her to do this or that.
I was so bossy.
(Some who know me and are reading this are no doubt saying, “Was?”)
Tracy was an incredibly sweet person. She was my best friend since we were five years old all the way until her death in 1990. I still think of her all the time and sometimes she appears in my dreams. In those few seconds that we all have between first awakening from a dream and coming to full consciousness, I am smiling and ready to reach for the phone to call her.
And then I remember that she is gone and the familiar sadness settles over my heart.
This year, I will turn 50 in March and she would have been 50 in July.
I have gray hairs and crows feet. I will celebrate my 23rd wedding anniversary this year.
She is forever 25 and blonde, a bride of only 8 months.
I miss her so much.
*That sun-drenched, laughter-filled day turned out to be one of my happiest and that very video is one of my absolute treasures. My videocamera caught many moments of fun and silliness, (including my brother getting a cream pie smashed in his face), and when I watch, I can still see those who have left us laughing, talking, celebrating. A day that is long gone, but forever captured.
I only had a few still photos from the day:
The last scene of the video is everyone at the entire party dancing to Bob Seger’s Old Time Rock and Roll. Every single time I watch it, it brings both laughter and tears. If only life could be so carefree and full of joy all the time.
Pick up your camera or your phone and capture some photos and video of your loved ones today.
“We only have this moment, sparkling like a star in our hand—and melting like a snowflake. Let us use it before it’s too late.”—Marie Ray