Continuing with the theme of who I will be seeing while in North Carolina: today I will be seeing the only two girls (Women? That makes us sound old) that I am still very close with from high school.
This picture isn’t even from high school – it’s early college (because I’m from the Dark Ages, all pictures I have of us in high school are not digital). Since this picture was taken:
- All graduated from college – two went to graduate school
- All got married (and were in each other’s weddings)
- All moved to new cities but only one jerk keeps living outside the state of North Carolina
- All started a career and one started a new career after that
- One had a baby
- One bought a house
If you had told us at the Melting Pot what would be happening in the next 6 years I think we would have laughed. Time moves quickly and things change before you realize it. On another note, I found this picture from my 21st birthday and it made me giggle.
Ruth, I still remember that I lent that shirt to you and then it was never to be found again. I KNOW you took it back with you to North Carolina!
Today I will be seeing most of my cousins for our annual Christmas get-together. Including significant others, there are now 16 of us. For the actual 10 cousins, we are all within 7 years of each other. It is a recipe for loud and boisterous fun over approximately 20 bottles of wine. Taylor only has three cousins so it took awhile for him to get everyone’s name and relationship correct. It required a diagram. Here’s just a couple of us over 25 years ago:
Who knew that all it would take for us to still get along is some good food and drinks?
Last week we attended a tacky Christmas sweater party. We found a winner in the petite women’s section for Taylor but I ended up making my own.
While running across the entertainment center multiple times, Luna managed to knock down these two bird decorations that we have. We didn’t immediately put the back up because when she is in a frenzy they will just get knocked over again. About 20 minutes later, she decided to take a nap.
She must have felt guilty.
Awhile back I talked about the Texas tradition of high schoolers giving each other mums – an elaborate corsage – for homecoming. Nancy Newberry did a series a photographs of students with their mums around their homes and they are really well done. She said the following about the series:
Artificial, shiny and virtually unknown outside of Texas, the Homecoming Mum is an elaborate corsage, exchanged between friends and lovers. They are ritually worn and subsequently immortalized, tacked to bedroom walls as trophies. At a time when many American high schoolers seem purposefully disengaged from the world around them, the Mum constitutes both a unique act of cultural immersion and a specific brand of folk art.
Shot slowly and inspired by an interpretation of my memories, I have limited the settings of the photographs to in and around the subject’s homes. In this very personal space, I pair spontaneous and carefully arranged moments to construct chaos; my interest is in the struggle between self and culture, the real and the perceived. With the extravagance of adornment and insignia the work continues to explore ceremony and commonplace.
Click through the link below to see them:
(Once you click through, you have to click overthe right side of the picture to see the next one).
This video succinctly – and in a visually pleasing manner – explains why we don’t have to worry about getting stuck here.
The splitting up into 5 states could be interesting though…
Well, now that we’re on a GIF streak…