Girls Write Out
Saturday, March 03, 2007

I feel old today. My son is on a junior high ski trip. I swear, it was just yesterday I was on that same trip! Beth and I made fun of the Irish priest for his sermon on how it rained for "farty days and farty nights". We got lost in the car with him looking for postcards and screamed at by the mean, old Catholic ladies that came along. (Probably my age now! Ahem!)

Our church was like that, it always had fun priests (we played ding dong ditch on the nuns at the rectory from the church one night, threw cans in a wedding reception window). Beth and I sat in the back pew every Sunday, one time putting a gummy bear there to see how long it stayed there (you don't want to know.) Now, it's going to be my kid in trouble. Funny thing, no one ever said to my mother, "I'm sorry Ma'am, she's probably going to be a writer someday." Or to my best friend, "A high school counselor."

I think at that point, they were probably thinking we'd do a little jail time and maybe come out the other side. I worked at my daughter's school yesterday and all the personalities are still there! Carbon copies of us as children. I tried to pick out which "gang" my son would be in next year (heap of boys playing knockout, I decided). But as I looked, I saw the same playground I grew up on. Girly girls on bars doing dead man drop and playing singing games (that was me), the less subtle girls, practicing cheerleading moves on the grass, the sporty girls playing tether ball (UM NO!), the popular girls standing in a circle talking about all the other girls and my daughter, who I am not sure how to classify. She was like a sunny bee yesterday, buzzing from each little group to another passing along hugs and joy. If you were that girl as a child, what did you become? And please, don't write me if you're in jail. LOL Kristin
posted at 12:33 PM  
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At 6:29 PM, Blogger Suzanne said...

I am now a pastors wife...back "then" I once glued a smurfette figurine over the entrace door of my dorm in Bible college...I failed the Book of Acts class at said Bible college..I pranked more people than I can remember. I went to the mall with friends, we bought pretzels and drinks and sat on a bench in the mall and made fun of the people walking by...bad girl turned good, yup that's me. Except I still act that way most of the time...

At 11:57 PM, Blogger allen said...

Um...I wasn't ever that sort of person...I was the anti-pranker. If someone tried to prank some one else, I'd blow their cover. If kids 'ding-dong-ditched' the neighbors, I hunted them down and tackled them. If there were Tee Pee 'ers, I'd catch them...if someone was made fun of, I'd get in the face of the BULLY and make them apologize...

Maybe I'm just weird.

At 1:48 AM, Blogger Julie Carobini said...

Ah, Catholic school. Been there. Done that. Lived to tell about it. Bless you my child.


At 11:42 AM, Blogger Sassy Style said...

I was the only girl on skid row as a teen. It was the last row in Spanish class before you 'skid out the door and down to the principle's office). I couldn't help it.
We had this super short spanish teacher who would speak rapidly in spanish every time we made her mad which was daily because it was hysterical to watch her get all worked up.
I know - demented. I was a prankster and I still am lol.
I pick a new target for Christmas every year. :) Maybe that's why I love writing romantic suspense?

At 11:44 AM, Blogger Sassy Style said...

Oh and I also tend to have a 'witty' (much better than sarcastic, right?) tongue and um - well, working on a chick lit, too. :) It keeps me out of trouble now.
My 'wit' got me in serious trouble in boot camp within a half hour of arriving. Alas, I've typed too much and can't share the story.


At 12:39 PM, Blogger CaliGirlDCE25 said...

Kristin, I was definitely the little girl who floated groups. I still do that kind of. I have about 5 different groups of friends and I'm a senior in college. I think that's wonderful though. You know who your true friends are and you stay connected to them no matter what happens. With everyone else, they are fun to be around. You can be whoever you want to be.

I think i too was the I just never did any. I was too scared as a little kid. I always wanted to be popular so I never did anything to hurt anyone or gain their approval.... i guess I was kind of in limbo... lol... now though, I'm much more happy and I could care less what other people think of me. That's what important: being the person God is molding you and being happy with that. Because He knows best. :-)

At 1:20 PM, Blogger Singles Out Loud Team said...

First of all, let me just say, that the way you write is funny and youthful so maybe that young girl is still alive and talkin'. I was the shy little girl who dreamed of being a foreign war correspondent. My hero was Bobby Kennedy and I loved to play with jewelry and have tea parties with my dolls. What did I become? A TV producer/writer. Thankfully, I got over the foreign war correspondent phase and simply enjoy foreign travel to beautiful places!

At 1:55 PM, Blogger Liz said...

I was the floater most definitely and more than that I give almost everyone (girls mainly since I go to a Bible College that doesn't allow "PC" aka physical contact) hugs! And I spread my joy!

At 2:09 PM, Blogger Liz said...

Suzanne, did you by any chance attend Word of Life Bible Institute. Cause we have a Book of Acts class taught by Dr. Wendel Calder. Just curious :)

At 5:17 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

I just LOVED everyone's answers, thank you so much for sharing. It's so fun to know what we were like as kids and how it translates. Incidentally, Suzanne, the only class I ever flunked in college was "Literature of the Romantic Era". How's THAT for irony. : )

At 6:12 PM, Blogger Bethanie said...

in primary school i was the loud mouth who knew everything.
in high school i was this little quiet mouse who spent every lunchtime in the library reading novels so as to get away from all the bullies.

and now... i sorta go between the two... quiet background girl or life of the party... depending on the day.

i never had many friends throughout school though - my dad is a teacher and we moved a lot so i think by the time i hit about 6th grade, i gave up on making friends (that and my dad was MY teacher, and that didn't go down too well with the other kids), so me and novels became best friends.

At 11:26 AM, Blogger Robin Caroll said...

Well, I'm not going to talk about MY past...but one of my daughters is the "floater".....let me know how it turns out...she's only 7. LOL


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