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#FWF Free Write Friday: Time & Place

Here is your FWF prompt:

Time & Place

It’s your first day of junior high school

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My Junior High was grades 7 – 12…

Leaving Elementary School to what we called High School…

I couldn’t wait!…

I was growing up…

I would be entering into my last years of school

The subjects were changing…

Algebra…Humanities…Spanish…Physics…Geometry…

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Such a different array of classes with different teachers for each…SSH0015

Moving from class to class with in-between chats with other students hurrying along in the hallways…gdo0056

Sometimes another floor… sometimes cutting through the breeze way outside…

Going to a locker that was all mineCombination of numbers keeping it safe!….                                      u12930373jba0400

Restrooms for girls with mirrors to primp in…k10359530

Lunchroom filled with laughter…noise…and food that no one seemed to be eating…x21738989

Sitting with friends…k6972014

Eyeing the boys that seemed to think “they were all that!”… car0303

and some girls too!…

The quiet kids… the popular kids… the poor kids… the rich…

A beginning of how life would be once High School was over…

Lessons were being learned… not, just from books… but, by experiences of those youthful feelings

What did I want to be?

Where did I want to go?

Who would I remain close to?

Who would exit… never to hear from again?

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No money for college…

A job, perhaps…

Lots of us went to the work force at this time in my life…

Not a bad thing…

But, some dreams seemed shattered…

Some hopes never fulfilled…

An empty spot… that still needs to be filled…

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Do you have one?

Daily Prompt: Standout

When was the last time you really stood out in a crowd? Are you comfortable in that position, or do you wish you could fade into the woodwork?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us STANDOUT.

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You have a very shy teenager…

You are liked a lot!…

Have many friends…

Have been included in outside activities as well as in school…

But, still painfully shy!…

I talk to my immediate friends constantly…

Even to friends who are boys… on the phone… but, in person… I am a nervous wreck…

I must hide it well… as my tummy is in knots at times…

Because I am always liked…

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Ballgames…

Dances…

Prom…

Ring Day…

Class Day…

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We have an assembly to announce all of the superlatives…

Best All-Around…

Most Likely to Succeed…

Most Athletic…

Cutest Couple…

You get the picture…

I’m enjoying “watching” from the bleachers… as all of the “popular” kids are named and awarded …

and then like a dream… They are announcing Mr and Miss Panther… Our mascot… k9147405

“Did I hear “My” name?

“Are my friends saying, “They called your name!”…

“You need to go up on stage!”…

I’m in shock! …

I feel like I’m in a daze…

My feet are moving… but, don’t feel as though I am walking…

What is happening?

I’m Miss Panther?

Couldn’t be!

Mistake!

I’ve made my way to the stage as the other students are applauding…

For me!

They are asking for me to speak…

SPEAK!… I can’t even breathe…

A teacher says to me…”Just say thank you!… That will be fine!”

I do manage to open my mouth to acknowledge… and receive a bouquet of Red Roses…k12802966

and a Yearbook with my name engraved on it…

I open it later to see photos of “ME” that had been taken… unknowing to me… the plan of the Yearbook StaffOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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I felt so happy!… but, amazed!

that my fellow students/teachers felt so highly of me… and had truly given me a wonderful surprise!

12 YEARS

12 YEARS!…

That’s how long it takes to go from an Elementary student in first grade to being that “Senior”  in High School

In this case a little girl to a young ladyOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

My Granddaughter achieved this small goal in her life yesterday…

along with 265 other students that were in her graduating Class of 2013

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I say… small goal… because it is only one of many she will obtain as the years continue on…

Next will be college… she has been accepted to the University of Louisville Louisville_Cardinals_svg

To say I am proud as a Grandma… Yes, for sure!…

and will celebrate this moment with her…

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Poppy and Grandma… with our love…

Yesterday we met at Broadbent Arena… A part of the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center able to hold all of the students… teachers… administrators… parents…grandparents… friends and relatives …

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Marching in…

All there… because of their love of that special child… that they were honoring

Taylor had a little gathering that came to wish her best wishes

I only captured our little cheering section

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Granddaughter with silly face… why do they do that!

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Taylor with little sister, Kennedy…

Dad, Melanie (step-mom) , little sister, two cousins from Pittsburg and a friend that came with them and Bobby and myself…

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Dad, Kennedy and Melanie…

(little brother at home)…

much too long for him!

but, many others had come to wish her congratulations…

Of course her Mom( Brian’s first wife) with Taylor’s other Grandma… a cousin who is like a best friend… one of her other “best friends” and her parents… and of course her boyfriend

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Best Friend…

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Even big girls make silly faces!… with boyfriend…

Of course there were friends and their parents that Taylor had grown up with… and had known all of those 12 years… graduating themselves…

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She always smiles… but, I caught that twinkle of “achievement”u14931924  in her eyes today…

An accomplishment!…

There’s the usual speeches… musick5432485 … and calling of each graduates name as they came forward for their diplomas

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Taylor just received her diploma… Yes, there was a little cheering!

Cheers from the parents and friends as they crossed the front of the auditorium

Hats were flung into the air… A true celebration… and a traditional show that it was over!…

A bittersweet feeling for sure!…

Melanie’s Mom had us all over for dinner…

Her BIG PARTY is TODAY!…

Plenty of good food… and conversation… Taylor invited a few close friends… Actually the ones mentioned… her cousin, her “Best Friend” and her boyfriend… Content as apple pie

We had Boneless chicken breast off of the grillk4888068 , broccoli casserole, hashbrown casserole, salad and good french bread

Yummy!… to say the least… after sitting for 2 hours and getting there an hour early for seats…

I took dessertStrawberry Lemonade Cake

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I hadn’t put the strawberries on yet… but, looked like photo…

and Chocolate Cupcakes… Always a bit of chocolate for my babies…

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The cake was a hit… and will be making it again…

Recipe follows…

“Strawberry Lemonade Cake”

Ingredients:

Strawberry Cake Mix… prepared by box instructions… cooled and laters cut in half…

1-8ox. cream cheese

1- packet Lemonade Kool-Aid

2 cups- Marshmallow Cream

1-8oz. container Cool Whip Topping

Fresh Stawberries for garnish…

Directions:

Make cake as described above…

Mix cream cheese/ lemonade packet together…

Add marsmallow cream/ coolwhip… Mix (Beat with Mixer)

Can add yellow food coloring if want… I decided not to…

Frost cake …refrigerate…

I added strawberries right before serving… placing them on top…

ENJOY!… great summertime dessert…

Graduating Memories…

My oldest Granddaughter… Taylor… graduates from High School tomorrow…k6351412

Just one tiny step in the path k12847487 she will follow through her life…

but, an important one

Yes, she “is all that” as her little sister… Kennedy… tells her…

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Little brother just loves his Taylor…having fun and being her little brother!

In my eyes she is pretty special!…

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Being my first Grandchild… my heart k11084623 got caught in her awe… a part of my son… a beautiful angel  sent to us from God…

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We will have a family cook out k4888068 to celebrate her Graduation Ceremony tomorrow… and then Sunday will be her “big” graduation party… with all friends… family invited…

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I just checked the weather… and we are lucking out… a beautiful sunny day in the forecast… k13940276

I know my daughter-in-law and son have been so busy making this a day to remember for Taylor…

The plans… the invitations k5714560 … the menu… the musick5432485 … the decorating… getting enough tables/chairs…

It takes all hands on deck…

I’m bringing appetizers… and was asked to put together a photo collage of my girl

Yes, I feel she’s mine at times… forgive me… but, she has my heart…

Melanie gave me lots of photos of her… and along with all that I had… over 100 were scanned… cropped… ran off… cut to fit… and placed on a Congratulations Board  k10548896 I found…

It gives what I call a “representation” of her young life so far…

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It was fun!… it brought back so many memories

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Baby Taylor… 18 years ago…

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She had the biggest smile… all of the time!

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Brian remarried and Melanie had a little girl quicker than she thought…

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Daddy and Taylor singing karaoke…

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Melanie with Taylor at her wedding shower…

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Taylor and best friend for life it seems… Amber…

They dressed like Hannah Montana for little sisters birthday!

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Taylor played basketball for a few years… soccer… volleyball… cheerleader… 

actually not for the sport… but, for all the social aspects…

friends, friends, friends…

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Prom Night…

One more picture to come… but, not until Saturday… with cap/gown/diploma!u14931924

“Just Do It!”

Saturday was a busy day!

My son had signed up all three of the kids (my grandkids) in a 5K race

I understand that’s about 3 miles

He had seen a sign up at a church near their subdivision…

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It was to be part of the Spring Festival  k9465810 of the small town they had moved to recently…

They love the atmosphere of it…

He runs… but, hasn’t lately due to moving, etc. …

So, no doubt he was all up for it!

and they were all willing!…

Ages 8, 11 and 18… and a cousin that’s 20 wanted to run too…

They picked up their numbers… and were up bright and early

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It was a spur of the moment thing… That’s what I like about Brian… Just Do It!‘… is his motto… like the NIKE commercial

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He ran with the youngest… my grandson…

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Brian and Carson…

and the girls were not far behind…

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Kennedy… coming in next after her Daddy

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Taylor after that…

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and Raven, their cousin… seconds later…

Finishing was the objective…

A little running… a little walking

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They were proud I could tell… as I talked to them… when we met later that evening… for Kennedy’s Birthday Partyk6502549

The oldest was truthful in saying, “I probably won’t do it again!”… but, with graduating k6351412 from High School and College on her mind… I can understand…

The other two… probably would be willing to go for it another time…

especially if Daddy says, “Let’s Do It!”

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Kennedy’s Birthday was a success… many little girls… and a few boys

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Opening presents…

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Pancake Mix for a joke…

she has always loved “cakes-cakes” since she was little bitty!

Her favorite Louisville Basketball Player (SIVA #3) depicted on her cake

which was delicious!… GO CARDS!

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Presents… and girlfriends spending the night…

I missed the whipped cream game 250PX-~2  top-logothat Melanie had for the young guests… but, saw the remainder of it all over their faces!…

I caught a photo as we were leaving of the aluminum foil k12424246 dress designs being

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Brian informed me that the girls actually slept later… and were awesome…

He was pleased to get some shuteye… after a full day with the kids!

He’s a good Daddy!… and he “just does it! “… nike_logo

Prom Night… An Ooh and Aah Moment!

The next “happening” was the same day as my niece’s birthday…

My Taylor Kay… oldest Granddaughter… is graduating from High School and it was Prom Night

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You can imagine how this makes me feel…

Proud…

Weepy…

Joy…

Lots of emotions…

Of course at these times you go back to when she was born… being my first Grandchild

What a feeling!

and then watching her grow… into this lovely young lady

The dress was bought…k6176515

along with the shoes

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Did her own hairk5863911

Did her own nails…k6606913

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She called and wanted me to make her a garter…

Yes, it seems all of the girls have to have them…

I said I could do that…

a little elastic…

a little satin material…

a little lace…

a little bit of bling as I call it…

In this case the bling was from a cute necklace I found…the flower part… and the “bling”… a rhinestone button I found in my Aunt’s buttons I inherited…

Perfect combination and matched her dress of a Champagne color just right…

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We went to my son’s house to take pictures and to ooh and aah… over her…

Of course her other Grandparents were there…

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Her date tn_prom2_cand his parents

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Melanie, Brian , little brother/sister…

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and her Poppy and I

Her date had bought her a wrist corsage of pretty flowersk12728783

Going by the High School where lots of their friends were meeting them… we saw the girls dressed in so many different colors

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Taylor texted her little sister with this photo of them together after she had left …

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Some… Even Knew Me!

Memory…

I will be meeting with my fellow High School friends (classmates) for our 45th reunion… tomorrow… at a favorite hang out of ours when we were growing up…

It’s called Mike Linnig’s… a seafood restaurant along the Ohio River in the Southern part of Louisville… A more formal affair was tonight… but, I had a family get together and I really prefer the casualness of this restaurant… that follows the next day…

Typical serving of their fish… wonderful slaw…

By now most of us have retired… have Grandchildren… and have changed quite a bit…

But, as they say, “We’re all in the same boat!”

I’m going to wait until tomorrow to post this… because I hope to have a few photos of my closest friends… to share…

The weather has turned off a lot cooler… actually I got cold later this evening… so blue jeans and a sweater may be the attire… since it’s supposed to be even cooler…

So until tomorrow…

You’ll never guess!… I forgot my camera and also left my cell phone which I could have taken pictures with… on the charger at home…

I was so disgusted with myself… but, I wasn’t going to let this spoil my visit with old friends

I ask myself,How did we get so old?” I don’t feel old… well, at least most of the time… But, looking around we have grayed… put on a few pounds… some of the guys balding… and wrinkles have crept in…

Pleasure Ridge Park High School

One girl says, “I wish I could turn the clock back”… I say, “NO!… only f I could change a few things”…

Our colors were red/black… and the year I graduated we had a great season in football…

Many of us of course recognize each other… hugging… and joking… and saying how glad we are to see each other… It was just so nice… that as many of us that could meet and reminisce

Our 1967 Year Book… with my name engraved on it… since it would be my last…

Since I’ve no recent photos due to my forgetfulness… I have chosen a few of my memories to share… Just bear with me…

Our mascot… the “Panther”

I was totally surprised to be voted to be “Miss Panther” my Senior Year…

An awesome happening for the shy girl that I was!…

This was Mr. Panther and I on a photo shoot…

We had no clue it was for the honor of being Mr. and Miss Panther …

I had pages of autographs… and some of them were even of people I still remember… ha, ha!

My Senior picture…How wonderful! … those teenage years…

Our English Teacher was there today… I told her, “You were one of my favorite teachers!… She smiles… and says, “You don’t have to say that… I’m not going to give you a grade”…We all laughed… and thought how neat it was that we were so close that one of our teacher’s had come to join us…

So 45 years has passed… We left saying we hope we will be able to make it to our 50th…

How special that will be!