I went to my 20 year high school reunion on Saturday. I can't BELIEVE I am that old. Seeing all these people makes it seem like just yesterday that I was in high school. It's amazing how time flies.
Of course I "won" for the classmates with the largest family!! I got a certificate and A LOT of recognition. Everyone who came up to me started with, "Trina.... wow, eight kids!!"
Below are some pictures of the night.
Here I am with San Pedro "Pirates" football studs, Leonard and Randy. I have known Leonard since Junior High school. He would always sit in front of me because our last names started with M. I remember once in the 8th grade I was bored in Spanish class and I kept poking him in the back of the neck with my sharp pencil and would crack up everytime he flinched.... and after about 10 minutes of that he finally turned around, and with his pen he marked the arm of my white jacket with a long line. He was pretty pissed. And the long pen mark never did come out of my jacket.
Ron, Craig, and Brian (Brian with facial hair?!! He always had such a baby face!)
Here is Noelle with longtime friend and neighbor, Jace. Jace grew up with two sisters and 4 brothers!
Franki, Robert and Brian .... all lived on my street growing up.
Me and Sandra (who I see regularly -- one of my closest friends) We met in the 5th grade and have been friends ever since. Sandra lives in Arizona now with her husband and her five daughters.
Me with Gia. I've known Gia forever...I think we met in Kindergarten. But actually her mom and my mom went to school together. She has a younger sister named Deva. I always thought these two girls had cool names, Gia and Deva. You just don't hear those names too often. Gia works in the performing arts -- singing, dancing, acting. She was very involved in our high school drama program.
Me and my old friend Noelle:) I've known Noelle since the 3rd grade. We have a TON of memories together. I call her my little Hawaii partner because we went to Hawaii 3 times together -- once when we were 15, again when we graduated high school, and then again the following year when we were 19. Noelle and I spent the day of our reunion together, watch old home movies of ourselves being idiots, got our nails and feet done, and shared a hotel room.
Noelle's hair is long and straight now...something that she has always wanted. I remember forever her trying to have long hair but it never seemed to grow. Now her hair is longer than mine! A first!
Tina is one of my good friends. We met in the 5th grade and went to our church classes together growing up. Tina has always had such funny sense of humor, and her laugh is contagious!! In the 8th grade, Tina and I went to see the movie The Outsiders about 10 times. Once, we even stayed in the theater after the movie ended and sunk down way low in our seats until the next showing! And what is even more pathetic, weonce snuck in a tape recorder to one showing ( one of those big, bulky kind because back then the technology is not what it is today!) and we recorded the audio of the movie so we could play it over and over again at home. I STILL have that cassette tape! You can hear Tina's laugh from time to time, which is the only reason I hang onto it. Tina is married now and has two children.
Noelle with Ron and longtime friend and neighbor John.
Here I am with Aladdin. He was my first boyfriend and we dated during half of my 10th grade year and all through the 11th grade. Interesting name he has...I rarely called him anything but "Alad". I remember my family took him with us once on a camping trip! We both did not drive and we would either walk or take the bus anywhere we needed to go. Sometimes we would take the bus. I have a lot of memories with him. He took me for a ride on his friend's motorcycle a few times. I still can't believe I lived through that -- back when helmets were only an "option"!! It was a HUGE surprise to see him a the reunion because he didn't go to our 10 year and no one had heard from him since high school. Alad has two daughters now! Wow.
This is Patti. We had a photography class together in the 12th grade. In talking, we learned that she lives just a few houses down from my mom's house. She even remembers the "bug light" that was always on the outside wall of the house when my grandmother lived there, and so I told her all about how it was taken during the estate sale by a nieghbor and she promised to do a little detective work to find it for me!!
Here is Tina with Patsy. I have known Patsy since the 1st grade and we had always been "Best Friends" throughout our school years. Like with Noelle, we have a TON of memories together. I even went to Hawaii with her one year when I was 20. We also took a trip together to Mazatlan a few months before I got married. We were in our senior yearbook together on the "Best Friends" page.
And here is Ken -- he was always so darn funny! We had our algebra class together in the 11th grade with Ms. Andre-Sandor...and spent a lot of time joking around, making "perforated edges" on our paper and then would pass it to each other for the other to "cut through" (you really had to be there to understand what I'm saying here) We used to see who could come up with the best perforated edge. I can't say it enough about how much Kenny used to make me laugh. Going to Algebra class was always something I looked forward to, simply because he sat in front of me.
And here's Noelle taking her own picture with Aladdin.
And here is Noelle taking her own picture with me and Stan.
Jerry -- love this guy! Jerry is my friend who could do the best Mr. Ferley immitation (remember Mr. Ferley from the sitcom "Three's Company"?? Played by Don Knots? ) Anyway, I have known Jerry since the 5th grade Mr. Linkletter's class. He always made me laugh. We used to ask him to "do Mr. Ferley!!" and he would crinkle up his nose and mouth, grab his pants belt to pull up his pants a bit, and would start talking like Mr. Ferley. It was so funny. I always thought he would grow up to be some kind of comedian. Jerry is married now, and he and his wife are expecting their second child soon!
Noelle and Brian. Noelle calls Brian "Bree O na" and I can't remember back to a day when she didn't call him that.
Me and Sandra
Ron holds the camera out to take our picture. ( a bit better than Noelle's self portraits where she cuts off people)
....and speaking of which, here is Noelle and Patsy (picture taken by Noelle's outstretched hand)
Noelle is big on holding the camera out to take her own picture...and here she is again with me.
Brian -- my best "guy" friend. Brian lived three houses up from me while growing up. We met when we were 9 years old. I always considered Brian the brother that I never had. We got along-- we fought. We got along -- we got on each other's nerves. But mostly I'd say we got along. I used to sneak him into my birthday slumber parties when I was little. He would leave my birthday party and then come back late that night with his pillow. My mom would wake up the next morning and in addition to the girls at my sleepover, there would be Brian. During high school he and I worked at Stuft Pizza together. I would try to schedule my days so that I worked when he did because he always made the time go by so much quicker. Brian could make me laugh just by giving me a certain look. He used to leave funny messages on my answering machine. Brian used to call me "Mur-fee" in a funny voice, or simply "Murph" for short (my maiden name is Murphy) When we got older, he and I used to confide in each other about our "love life" and would come to each other for advice. I remember one time after a break up with a boyfriend, I came to his house because I was sad and needed to be cheered up. He tried so hard to cheer me up, and when all else failed, he said, "Hey...look at my toes." and when I looked down at his feet, he wiggled his toes and for some reason that made me start to giggle, and we both looked at each other and just started laughing. And that was enough to cheer me up. Brian always knew how to find the humor in normal things. He has a one year old daughter now with his wife, Kerri.
Here I am with Stan, who I dated for a brief time in my senior year. Stan was on the high school basketball team and was well-liked by everybody. He was nic-named, "Stan the Man" and was a very fun person to be friends with. We met in our photography class. He made me laugh a lot. He was the very first guy to ever pick me up in a car for a date -- met my parents, took me out... a real date! I remember feeling very grown up on that first date with him simply because I was being driven around town in a car by a guy. He used to live near the high school and during school would go home for lunch. I used to make him watch my favorite soap opera while he was on his lunch break and then report back to me all that happened. After a few weeks of doing this, he became addicted to the soap opera and would get all into it when telling me who was cheating on who, who had whose child, etc. We dated from November to March during our senior year, and then again for a short time when we were both 20. Stan used to call me "Squint" because my eyes get so small when I smile :) He is married now and has 3 children.
Patsy with Ken. Patsy dated Ken's older brother, Tony, while she was in the ninth grade. Tony was in the 11th grade at the time and had his own car. One day in November 1984 he misjudged a turn and crashed his car and was killed. It was a very sad time for all of us. Patsy lost a boyfriend, I lost a friend, and poor Ken lost his only brother. I remember it was the very first time that a friend of mine had died, and it was very unreal.
Me with Ron and Craig. Craig and I met in Kindergarten. He had a crush on me and gave me a love note that his older sister had written for him. Since I could not read, I gave it to Marcus, the smartest boy in the class, and he read it for me. I can still remember exactly what the note said: "Dear Katrina...I love you, and I will kiss you, too. Love, Craig." Well, I never did kiss him, but in the 3rd grade we ended up as Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus in the school play, so I guess it worked out okay between us afterall :)
Mike is another friend that was in my Kindergarten class. He also lived a few streets from my house when I was in elementary school. I remember he had a pool in his backyard and I always thought that was so cool. When I w as 5 years old, my younger sister was born and my mom let me take her outside in our front yard to push her in her baby buggy. I was so proud of having a baby sister that I thought I would just mosey on down to Mike's neigborhood to show her off. It was about 4 streets away from my house, and when my mom couldn't find me out front, she got in her car and drove all around looking for me and her newborn baby. She pulled up next to me just as Mike and Suzanne and other kids were saying hello to me and peeking in the baby buggy at my new little sister. My mom got out of the car, came over to me and gave me a swat in the rear end for scaring her half to death. I was so embarrassed!! So Mike saw me get a spanking, but I sincerely doubt he remembers that (at least I hope not!) Mike works in the music industry now.