I distinctly remember the first time I saw my friend, Susan. My cousin Tim was in the Canton High School production of "The Music Man," and Susan was playing the role of the young girl, Amaryllis. (They needed someone in grade school to play the part, and Susan's older sister, Amy, was in the play also.... so Susan was recruited.) By that time, I already loved the theatre and music so much, and I thought Susan was a star! I wish I could have been in that play too, and I couldn't wait to meet her.
You wouldn't believe my surprise when I found out that Susan was in my homeroom for 6th grade. That's the point where all 4 of the town grade schools (K-5) sent their 6th graders to Ingersoll Middle School. So, each of us were becoming acquainted with new friends that lived right across Canton but whom we had never met. I remember being kind of nervous and wanting her like me so much! I was so happy that Susan and I became fast friends. We were in most classes together from that point on, and we shared the love of the arts - especially music. It seemed right from the start we then began our super-busy involvement in school activities, and that was great when my best friend could be there through all of it with me. I can't even begin to count the number of times that I've been thankful for Susan. She and I have been through a lot together, and I so much wish we could have more time together. It's hard being so many miles apart for so long, but each day, I still think of things I wish I could talk to her about.
Stay tuned for pictures that will be posted of the two of us soon. A small walk down memory lane - which is sure to be a treat for the many of you who just love 80's hair and trends.
Somewhere along the line, I started yelling out SUUUUUUS! really loudly when I would see her approaching or walking down the hall. Soon after, she started yelling MIIIIICH! So, today, I'd like to yell - across the miles - a big "HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SUUUUUUS!" and an "I MISS YOU!" Welcome to 33, my friend. (It's not so bad.)
What we looked like when we first met. Wow! Those are SOME glasses... not to mention the earrings. Susan was looking as cool as always!
Another flashback to Grandma's Feather Bed... with Susan (aka Eula Mae), our accompanist Piano Man, and Michelle (Billie Joe).
Even though it isn't clear here, this is one of my favorite pictures of Sus... at the wedding of her sister and brother-in-law, Shawna and Brett. Very beautiful!
Was it EVER cool to have yourself photographed with your band instrument? Probably not! But, we didn't care. We were (and still are, at heart) BAND GEEKS!
It was so nice being able to have our pictures taken together for graduation. Such good memories!