My family isn’t one to take many photos together. My parents, siblings and I had photos taken when I was a baby at Olan Mills and again when I was 2 or 3. We didn’t have another family photo taken until I was in eighth or ninth grade (circa 2005 or 2006).
I didn’t realize how lucky I was when I was growing up. My parents’ home has two large side yards and a large backyard. When my siblings and I were kids, we would play in the yard every day with our neighborhood friends.
I loved school, and if time travel existed, I would go back to those childhood years. And not even for any do-overs, although a few would be nice. Mostly just to relive the freedom of being a kid. Pick a grade, any grade, and there are fond memories. Safety Patrol in elementary school. Junior high basketball.
I was at my cousin’s summer wedding, and the reception hall was freezing. I, of course, had not planned appropriately and was dressed for the 90-degree outdoor temperatures. My grandma saw how cold I was and sternly told my date to take off his shirt and give it to me.
I’ve gotten to eat and cook a lot of delicious food in my three years as an About contributor, but my most memorable assignment had nothing to do with eating. It was taking an aerial yoga class at Barre Fly in Jackson Township.
I met Sandy, my significant other, in kindergarten. We attended a parochial school together. Then we were classmates at a public high school—we even went to the freshman dance together. But, it was a friendship more than an infatuation, and as happens with many high school friendships, it was laid aside at the end of our school days. Sandy attended one college, and I went to another.
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