Saturday, August 30, 2008

my timeline - the first decade

So, one of my commenters, had this idea on her blog, which she also snagged. I like it. The idea is that for every year of your life, you mention the first few associations that come to your mind. You'll get the idea as you read.

Age 1: Somehow, I busted my forehead and now bear the scar, which is mainly noticed by observant children. There are no pictures of me at this age as far as I know.

Age 2: Aunt Karla and Uncle Tup are at my second birthday. There is a picture this time. I'm crying because I'm forced to wear a party hat. I think this dramatic experience is why I have never craved ice cream cake.

Age 3: While sitting in church next to my sister and tired of being the baby of the family, I inform Neely, "I remember when I babysitted you once."

Age 4: I'm pretty sure I puked on my sister's Crayola backpack. Also, this was back in the day when Mr. Potato head had a pipe. I pilfered a can of powdered hot cocoa mix and used Mr. Potato head's pipe as my serving spoon.

Age 5: I was so excited to go to school I could hardly sleep. After attending school, I decided I hated it. Also, I leafed through Sears catalogs dreamily with the hopes of one day having a beautiful Easter dress with a short sleeved jacket and gloves and a hat and a matching purse.

Age 6: We moved to St. Louis. My mom married my step Dad. We were happy and secure and I experienced the smell of Autumn and Spring and the dead of Winter, though I don't remember that as much. After my first day at my new school, I got off the bus and a boy hollered through the window at me with information regarding boys and girls private parts. Shocked, I hollered back, "I know!!"

Age 7: I cried when dropped off for second grade. Had a very unstable teacher who cried a lot throughout the school year. She had Farah Fawcett hair. The class "problem" (for he wasn't a clown by any means) was a recurrent classmate for years to come. So disturbing that you wouldn't forget him. The last time I saw him was on the local news being arrested for murder.

Age 8: Mr. Kyle was my favorite teacher. He was chocolate brown and like seven feet tall (to me anyway). He was the most respectable teacher I ever had. I think I'll google him now. (dang. no luck.) Oh. And big deal: I was adopted and now when I talk about my Dad, I'm talking about my Dad because he's my Dad. Get it?

Age 9: Got my ears pierced. Loved Whitney Houston's "Wanna Dance with Somebody". Wore shorts called Jamz. Was nearly obsessed with desire to watch the movie Footloose (on VHS at the time), but my parents wouldn't let me. Had the soundtrack on record and would spend hours choreographing dances by myself in my room.

Age 10: Rented "Top Gun" for my birthday because it was my favorite movie at the time. Favorite dinner was Hamburger Helper's version of lasagna. Would later find out in my adult life that authentic lasagna was NOTHING like Hamburger Helper.

Now, if you enjoyed this at all, please make your own timeline post and let me know about it in the comments section of this post. I can't wait to read all about you!!!


Neely and Steve said...

Wow. Wow. Wow. You have a freakishly accurate memory. I loved all ten years with you, lil sis. Actually, I appreciated the fact that you didn't mention all of the memories I'm sure you have of me trying to harm you... like playing "dentist" with toenail clippers and actually clipping your lip. Sorry about that. Thanks to Mrs. MacElroy for coming to the rescue that day (google the MacElroys!).

Karla said...

That was so much fun to read, Jenna!

Sarah and I were allowed to watch Footloose, although we probably shouldn't have been. To this day, I cannot hear any of the soundtrack songs (Sarah had the record!) without moving!

Thanks for making me smile, with that post....

Yvette said...

A neighbor friend had the Footloose soundtrack, and I loved going to her house to choreograph dances with her to it.

I enjoyed reading your time line post.

Tiffany said...

This was fun to read. This will be fun to try and think back that far...I think I'll give it a try this week sometime.

Sarah said...

Year 9 is soooo similar to mine it is almost freaky...seriously from the ear piercing to the choreographing...goodness if we knew each other back then we could of been such a team....rocketing to stardum with the likes of Mia Michaels and Dan Karaty!!

And just to clarify...Karla and my MOM went to see Footloose...despite the fact that I was the dancer, I was not old enough. Heard about Wren...had no idea who he was...bummer.

Anonymous said...

This was great, Jenna!

I was allowed to watch "Footloose," although I know I was older than 9 (I guess I was a teenager). I watched it so many times I had it memorized. Not sure if I tried to put it to memory, or if it just happened. Today, when I worry about my kids watching things that are questionable (which is alot), I think, "Hey, I memorized "Footloose" and I came out alright!"

If I had a blog, I would totally do this.


Karla said...

Sarah's memory is apparently better than mine, since she's a bit younger. I guess it did pay (for me) to be the oldest, though!

Maybe she will do a timeline on her blog now. Are you listening, Sarah???

Anonymous said...

This was so much fun to read! I want to start a blog and do fun things like this-but I don't have such a specific memory like yours. I am impressed!


Kelly said...

Loved this! I'm so behind on my blog...don't know if I'll ever get to it. My favorite is that you were not allowed to watch "Footloose" but a year later you were allowed to watch "Top Gun"...hmmm, I think I'm going to let my kids watch "Footloose" first :) Of course, you did come out alright, like someone else said above!

Becky said...

Great timeline! I love so many parts of this, especially the "I know!" and the Jamz. OMG. the Jamz! They really bring it all back--the joy and the pain!

Kim said...

I can't even remember what I did 10 minutes ago, let alone at age 10 and before. Your memory astonishes me :)

Michelle said...

I just did a timeline and posted it on my blog. Great fun. I linked to you from Molly Piper. Thanks for the inspiration!