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Monday, July 28, 2008

Fifteen Years Ago

I've agreed to take on yet another "About Me" post that I encountered over at It's a Woman's World. My Pet loves to read about me, particularly since it happens so rarely that I dedicate a post to talking about me.

The idea of this post is to talk about what was going on in my life fifteen years ago. The rules: Talk about anything, but only up to TEN things.

I would like to say that the title immediately reminds me of one of my favorite songs, "Fifteen Years Ago" by Conway Twitty. As I sit here writing, I can hear those lyrics playing in my mind. I just can't help it. Oh the memories...

The year was 1993 and I was just turning 19. Here is the list of important - or not so important - events in my life.

1) I was working for a plastic factory in Woodstock, GA. We made all sorts of plastic items. Exit signs were my specialty. If you see an Exit Sign that is over 15 years old, it is quite possible that I made it.

2) I met Steve, got pregnant, and got married. That lasted for two very long, very miserable years. Well, the marriage did - the pregnancy didn't last quite that long. So thankful that I am not an elephant...

3) I started college in August that year. I was only going part time because I had to pay out-of-pocket for the expenses and had no help from my parents. I was living on my own and making ends meet was difficult, to say the least.

4) I lived in a trailor with only two bedrooms that were usable because the very back bedroom was a disaster that may well have rivaled Hurrican Katrina.

5) I was stretching my food budget by cutting a single piece of chicken into tiny bits and mixing it with rice or pasta to make it seem like dinner was far more extravagant than it really was.

6) I was driving a 1977 Toyota Celica. I hit a drunk driver in a Trans Am when she pulled out in front of me less than a car's length away. Luckily there was nobody on the other side of the road or I would've had to hit her directly in the driver side door. I doubt either of us would have left that accident in one piece if there had been other cars coming. I totalled my car and the one she was driving. It was 3:00 in the afternoon and she was underage. My teeth still ache sometimes from where I hit the steering wheel with my face.

7) That year was the worst (best) snow storm we ever had here in my lifetime. Near the end of March we were hit by "The Blizzard." I ended up spending an entire weekend at my Dad's house because I wasn't able to get home due to the storm. That was so incredibly NOT fun. But the 2 feet of snow was really cool.

That really is all I can recall at the moment. So many years ago...

It amazes me to see just how far I've come in my life and how much I've changed. I hope you've enjoyed this walk down my Memory Lane.


Liss said...

What a year 1993 was for you!
It can be good to reflect on where we have been and where we are now.

Petula Wright said...

Wow! I love that walk down memory lane -- the good, the bad and the painful. Thanks for sharing... you are such a good sport! :-)