Buried under my bed, a keepsake box that if opened will summon Pandora,
Lo and behold, at the bottom — my school yearbook with signatures galora!
I’m not gonna admit the year I graduated, surely you’ll guess the date,
Michael Jackson ruled, but Men At Work had a hit — so it was a G’day Mate!
My name misspelled when classmates signed, “Have a Bitchin’ summer!”
“K.I.T!” (with their 7 digit landline, no area code!) “I’ll miss ya. Total Bummer!”
And though the things we penned were “bogus” or “rad” or bordered on perversive,
We thought we were super “gnarly” because we never printed, we wrote in cursive!
Guys in corduroy pants and girls flaunting that leather n’ lace look.
All our smilin’ pics, “Let the good times roll!” The original Facebook!
As I turn the pages thinking, “These were the best years of my life?”
The Mean Girls jump out at me and I remember all my fashion strife.
Bonjour, Calvins, Jordache, Sasson, Sergio Valente – all those designer jeans,
My mother nixed buying them, ($$) so I was just a big fat loser in my teens.
Needless to say, popular “Candies” shoes were also not in family’s budget,
So I wore cheap knock-offs thinking “It’s just footwear, I can fudge-it.”
But when it came to hair, I had it down pat — the exact way to toss it,
Mine was a perfect cross between Jaclyn Smith and Farrah Fawcett.
Whom do I kid? My locks are still long and layered today — frozen in time.
Maybe that’s what qualifies me to write here at “Once Upon Your Prime?”
Once in a while, it’s fun to dig out yearbooks and it’s great for some posterity.
A laugh or two over hilarity and show your kids where you ranked in (un)popularity.
All I know is the “Most Likely To…” page wasn’t meant for me … The Underdog.
Unless they could vote for, “Most Likely to document it all in her weirdo Blog!”
Do you look back on high school as the best years of YOUR life? Leave me a comment with the popular phrase most used when signing your high school yearbook (Mine really was “Have a bitchin’ summer!”) and I’ll try and guess the year. Or at least the decade.