In The 80s

Jennifer, 1991

My high school reunion is on Saturday. I get to see a friend I really want to see for the first time in several years, and in the context of people we went to high school with.

1980s Girl
Me, 1987-88ish, freshman in high school. Rob Lowe and Princess Reebocks ftw!

I still have the unicorn blanket…

I am very, very excited to see my friend, but about the rest of the night, my emotions have been fluctuating between Totally Awesome and Gag Me With A Spoon. We graduated in 1991, which makes this twenty years. 20.

1980s Glossary

So, today, a tribute to the 1980s, which was the decade in which I was a teenager.

This post is dedicated to my daughter, Elena. It’s Homecoming on Friday and this is Spirit Week at her school. Today is 80s day. Now I know how my parents felt when we had 60s day…

Elena on 80s Day

This is Elena, wearing the jacket that I embellished my freshman year. I helped her roll up her jeans. She did the rest!

I wish I could find a photo of myself wearing this jacket, but alas, I do not have one.

Elena on 80s Day
The jacket from the back. Yeah, that’s how I rolled. Even back then. I love seeing my daughter in my jacket from high school!

And now, for another musical interlude.



While looking for the jacket Elena’s wearing today, I remembered a vest that I’ve kept that has my button collection from middle and high school on it. These are some of my favorites. In self-defense, I’d like to comment that I was an honors student. 😉

1980s buttons
Did I ever mention that George Michael’s Faith tour was my first concert?  And oh, Jon Bon Jovi, how I loved your hair.

Time Capsule
Some of my stickers from high school,  found when my parents moved out of our childhood home.

So, high school reunions. Did you, would you, could you go to yours?

Time Capsule

my signature, ca. 1989


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8 thoughts on “In The 80s

  1. Valerie

    My 10 year reunion was a few years ago and I never had a desire to go. My sister went to her 15th reunion this summer. She said that she actually had fun. So we knows perhaps I will go on my 20th reunion.

  2. Gaya

    I skipped the 10th because I was in a period of my life when I didn’t feel like comparing with all of them, but I went to the 15th and had lots of fun. So I really think it all depends on how you feel in that moment. Have fun, I loved George Michael back then too!!!

  3. auntypsycho

    We don’t really have reunions much over here but some of the people I went to school with organised one for our 25th a couple years ago . I went and it was great fun . Especially seeing some of the people that thought they were better than you are now not as good as they thought they were (that’s the most diplomatic I can put it!!!) . And some of the boys who were so good looking at school are now bald with a beer gut and bear a similarity to Homer Simpson!!! I managed to get in touch with some good school friends that I hadn’t seen in over 20 years and we are still in touch now . that was the best part of the reunion.

  4. Schenley Pilgram

    Haha what a fun post! That is awesome that your daughter got to wear your jacket- my little sister can rock a pair of my dad’s old patchwork jeans (I will have to send you a photo; it’s hilarious).

    As for reunions. . . my class is planning our 10th (through facebook) for next summer and I have absolutely no desire to go. It was honestly a few years before I could go back to the high school building (for my sister’s stuff, etc) without feeling a very strong sense of impending doom. It’s been nice to see what some of my classmates have been up to and pics of their kids on facebook, but that’s enough for me!

    1. ofenjen Post author

      This was the first reunion for me. My parents don’t live in the same town anymore, so I never go back. This was the first time in years. It was kind of cool, and I definitely saw some people I enjoyed seeing!

      Ours was all organized through Facebook, too!


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