So I've been sent some photos that I hadn't seen in years, which got me digging around for some of my own and, well, in my nostalgia, I am sharing them with you! Here is a little glimpse into my life circa 1985-90.
In '89 I studied overseas as part of our college's British Theatre Seminar. Here I am (far right) with my fellow theatre-obsessed English majors. We thought we were on top of the world -- living in London, seeing theatre every night, pubbing it, and having amazing conversations about all things theatre. This photo was taken before one of our big nights out...seeing Vanessa Redgrave in a new play at Piccadilly Circus. As Ms Redgrave was a friend of a friend, I even got to go hang out with her in her dressing room for an hour! From left to right, Kristin, Cheryl, Barb and me. Barb and I are still good friends. She lives about four miles from me now. Cheryl and I lived together on Nantucket Island in 1991 and 1992, but have lost touch. Kristin? I have no idea where she is these days, sad to say!
Jumping ahead a bit, here's a photo of me just moments after my college graduation ceremony. The look of absolute bliss on my face is not feigned. I worked SO hard to get that degree...working three jobs for five years, all while attending school full time. I paid most of the tuition myself ( I'm proud to say!) with some help from loans and my dad. My friend Christine is at left and MaryEllen on my right. Just got back in touch with Chris via Facebook, and MaryEllen lives a few towns over, though we don't see each other very often. A dear friend, Laurel, from college. She graduated a year ahead of me and was already married when this was taken, at their first apartment. She had me write a poem in honor of their marriage and read it at the wedding. I was sooooo scared no one would like it! (But they did!)
Note: I am sad to report that this fashion faux-pas is back in vogue. Yuck! All my current high school students are sporting the second-skin leggings now. What are they thinking?