Thursday, November 30, 2006

Birthday Girl: SUS!

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!


Siren said...

Tell her I said happy birthday too! (Only 33?! And here I sit 4 weeks from 34. Starting to think maybe I was the oldest in our class?)

I honestly can't remember a time before "Michelle and Susan" - no matter what we were doing or who was hanging out, you guys were the inseparable pair of fabulous friends. I can still hear you calling SUUUUUUUS down the hall... and across the bandroom... and auditorium.... and chorus room....
: D

strem said...

Yes, Siren. Susan is the youngest in our class... right on the deadline date - except for those that might have jumped a grade. Anne, David Williams, Aaron Williams, and you were always among the oldest, while Nick, Andy, Susan and I were always among the youngest. We have lots of good memories with you, too!!! There was quite a group of us that seemed to be in everything together.

Sandy-san said...

I keep forgetting you are still a baby! *grin*

I hope your 30s (for all of you!) is better than my 30s, and I hope each year it gets better and better!

Siren said...

You left out one of the best pictures of you two EVER!! Surely you have one of the pageant court? (I love that it was the day the band geeks triumphed over the cheerleaders!)

strem said...

I have some "better" ones...where we look worse in our 80's-wear - and do have the pageant ones too. But, I didn't have them with me here at work today. I had fun sorting through all of my photos the other night (as you could probably tell!)

Sandy-san said...

You both definitely have that big 80s hair! Throw all the pictures out there for us to enjoy (and point fingers and laugh - JUST KIDDING!!!) =D