Wednesday

Letter to High School Marcy

ONE of my 20 year high school reunions has come and gone. Read about all those HERE. And I did not attend. But it got me thinking. And I thought I would write a little letter to myself. My high-school self......

Dear High School Marcy-
Hi there….First of all you might wanna lose the perm. Well at least for your school photos…I know, I know you are really into Jennifer Beals from Flashdance and think Sigourney Weaver in Ghostbusters looks great with a full head of curly hair….but trust me it is something you will regret. Also, that super jaunty boy-short hair cut you get right before you start cheerleading in your sophomore year will be another of your fashion mistakes. Even though it shows off your insanely large dangling earrings to their fullest- you still are gonna wish you let your hair grow long and fabulous.
* Okay all those girls who you seem to be obsessed with befriending? You know the ones you think have it all together and are so popular for all the wrong reasons? Don’t waste your time. They are all losers. One actually ends up in jail for a while. And the super hot girls with their perfect hair and perfect makeup you envied who fain illness to get out of PE nearly everyday?….well they end up regretting that, when their hate of exercise catches up with them and they balloon to ginormous status about 15 years later.
* Thank your teachers more- they really are influential and shape your approach to problem solving and feed your growing addiction to being prepared. Don’t change that- it is something that will serve you very well in your business career and motherhood. Oh but stay clear of Mr. Baker….yes, he really was sleeping with JoAnne from your Math class. FOR YEARS.
* As for boys… Tony is really a quality friend and turns out to be a neat adult. He is worth getting to know. But the rest? None of them matter…Oh and don’t go to a party with Mike when your mom makes you because she thinks he is ‘sweet’….he turns out to be a cocaine dealer and you have to bum a ride home from the party. But you do get a triumphant moment when you tell your mom. She never, ever butts in to your dating choices again. And remember to spend a little extra time in the morning when your dad drives you to school on the way to work…you will be grateful you did.
* Oh, no matter how many times people tell you ‘this is the happiest time of your life’…let me inform you..IT IS NOT. You have far more happier parts of your life coming. Lots more. Actually it just keeps getting better and better AFTER you graduate.
* Now get to class. Or Cheer practice. Or Drama rehearsal. …Oh I almost forgot..can you please stay out of the sun? The freckles do not go away when you turn 23 like your mom tells you. They stay forever. Thanks. And remember YOU ROCK. You are already something unique and awesome…..in twenty years your kids will adore you. And that is all you will care about anyway.
* Love, Marcy from the Future
(photo note: my hair was still so large by the time I arrived at the photo studio it was necessary to pull my top down around my shoulders to offset its large-ness. Whooaa...how about that make up? Ready for my close-up! Love this kind of humiliating photo thing? you should really visit We are That Family for a linky event like no other...)

24 comments:

Misty said...

i did this awhile back! I love it... if only we COULD help our then selves out!

Anonymous said...

This is an awesome post. CUTE IDEA!

Ann said...

This is terrific!!!
2 days before my first day of high school I got a poodle perm. A big, gigantic, horrific poodle perm!
I hope my girls will benefit from my mistakes. (Please dear God!)

Amy said...

yup I remember those days; the leg warmers, the big bon jovi hair...wish I'd told myself all this back then too...

Manager Mom said...

Oh... I have MY 20 year reunion coming up. I think I'll have to drink a LOT to come up with something good to say about myself in high school...

Crystal said...

My biggest thing I would have told myself is not to go to Tijuana, Mexico all the time. I cannot believe how vulnerable all of us teens were down there. I feel so lucky nothing bad ever happened. I would die if one of my kids went there.

Victoria said...

High school marcy is adorable - she looks very sweet and innocent.

Very cute idea writing to yourself - ha ha

V

insertgracehere said...

I had my 20 year reunion last October. One day I will have to post it, but my senior pic....my hair looks just like that!

Sophia (Adventures of Brown) said...

I, too, participate in 'Fro me to you and it's so fun!!

I love your idea of writing a letter to your kid self. I hope you don't mind if I write a similar letter to my old self next week!!
(Let me know if you do - I promise to give you full credit.)

Thank you!!

Muthering Heights said...

If only we could send ourselves letters like that!

LifeatTheCircus said...

cute post! I agree life gets MUCH better after high school.

jennifer said...

Oh I WISH that I could send that letter to high school me. But she was such a dope...no way she would listen.

Jen

Suz Broughton said...

I think you look beautiful. Would HS-you listen?

Crayl said...

You are so right, those were so NOT the best years of my life...they came later. My photo looks very similar. I will have to find a copy to share.

Carol VR said...

That reminded of a song Paul Brandt sings about writing a letter to himself at seventeen.

Tammy said...

Hilarious!! There was nothing, I mean nothing, about high school that I would do over again. It was not fun, it was years of awkwardness.

Love the hairdo!

franticallysimple said...

It's way better than the tightly curled mullet I was sporting back in the day.
Dear Heidi, Just say no to Ogilvy Home Perms.

Jerralea said...

I love the writing a letter to yourself idea!

I think you look cute in your picture and I still like big hair. My hair was staight in my senior picture but as a young homemaker I tried some of those perms! One in particular made me look like a triangle-head! I went back the very next day and had it chemically straightened. It's a wonder my hair didn't fall out!

Cassandra Stafford said...

ah, the hair wasnt that big. It looked like all the hair from my school days as well. I totally love the idea. I wish i could just give my high school self a hug back then. cute idea.

The mom, the robot, and the dancer said...

OH I love this idea! Writing a letter to yourself at any period in time seems good to do! Especially, especially THAT time! I'm going to have to go back and do that sometime. And, wise advice to HighSchool Marcy. Very wise.

foolery said...

I would write a letter to my high school self, but she pretty much lives in my house and won't leave. She's an enormous geek with poufy bangs and a sense of humor no one seems to get, and she plays the oboe. I mean really -- what could I possibly say?

I would die for that hair RIGHT. NOW.

Love,

You Friday Night Date :)

Kaye Butler said...

I love this blog Idea...I may have to steal it. This is the first time that I have visited your site. It's great!

Lane Boyz Mom said...

Ahhh we were just discussing BIG hair tonight, well, okay...we were making fun of my sisters big hair, LOL I also had big hair, but hers should have been in the record books...and I am pretty sure she owns stock in Aqua Net;) LOL

I LOVE the idea of writing a letter to yourself, I may just have to do this sometime!

Robyn said...

Howdy Neighbor! I'm writing to you from Corona, just a few minutes away! Spent all of last year tryin' to move to YL, but the darn house wouldn't sell!
I loved the letter to yourself, ALL of it resonated with me. What a awkward time high school was. I have virtually no memories worth justifying the 4 years of peer pressure-filled misery. You're right that life was so much sweeter afterwards. I wouldn't trade now for then, for anything!