Earlier this week I told you that I went to my class reunion last weekend. I introduced you to Alicia. And, I promised to introduce you to Shawna (red sweater on the left). I know what everyone was thinking when she walked in ~ the thing every girl probably dreads ~ "She looks just like her mother." Lucky for me, one of the guys said it for us. Typical guy fashion too. He just blurted it out. Before he even gave her a proper hello. Shawna said she gets that reaction all the time at family reunions.
I've known Shawna a long time. As in forever. Her grandparents were good friends with my folks. Her Aunt Letha married my cousin, Jeff. She was a pom-pon girl, I was a cheerleader. We spent lots of time together. See how we're intertwined? Shawna attended elementary school at another small school in our county but once students reached 7th grade, we all went to the same jr. high.
Shawna is gifted in the arts, namely music and drama. She's got a great sense of humor. She can say the wittiest things without cracking a smile while putting the rest of us in stitches. She's got that dry wit. One of the things I love about her.
I learned at the reunion that she's got a mind like a steel trap. She doesn't forget a thing. She could tell stories from our jr. high and high school days as if they happened yesterday. She led us in singing the school fight song. She even remembered our dance routine. And then started singing a spoof of our school fight song that I had completely forgotten about. Funny, but once she started, every single word came back to me. I sang it for my girls earlier this week. They didn't see the humor in it. Can you imagine? Well, you can if you have teenagers.
I'm beginning to wonder if I have early on-set dimentia because I couldn't pull any stories out of my hat. Not like Shawna did. Or could it be that high school was so traumatic for me that I've blocked it all out?
She agreed to entertain us with her version of the moonwalk. And then reminded us all that the first time we saw it was also the first time MJ performed it live on an awards show. Do you remember? If so, you must be old like me.