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Thursday, June 18, 2015

WOMEN SPEAK: TEENAGE MEMORIES

Yesterday I wrote about the comfort of memories. If you missed it you can read it here. Memories can be like an old favorite robe, that when we wrap ourselves up in it we feel it's comfort. 

When my mom moved recently she found a box of photographs that she had forgotten about. We looked through some of the photos in the box and laughed and talked about the memories. I pulled out a few of them and snapped photos of them with my iphone. They are photos that bring back good memories of my teenage years. 

Today I thought we could all share some of our best teenage memories for Women Speak. Maybe your memories will spark a giggle like mine did. 


Ahhh, the summer I was sixteen. I loved my polkadot bikini. My mom pointed out how cute she was at age 42. She was right. The four of us were on a three week trip across the country, and I can remember this day like it was yesterday.


I think this was taken that same summer. I was a happy camper because I was home for the summer from boarding school and I had on my school sweatshirt. We were in Quebec for our annual week of fishing. I remember spending a lot of time flirting with my cute French Canadian guide. The girl on the left was my friend Anne. I liked to get her in trouble when she visited.


My favorite madras jacket and matching scarf. (I have a pair of Keds just like that now. Some things never change) I thought I was the coolest thing ever. I'm sure I was just trying to get the attention of that cute guide while he was cooking my lunch over an open fire. I wish I had some of that fresh caught trout now. 


I'm not in this photo, but I remember taking it when I was around 14. This was my backyard in Canada right after my dad had a tennis court put in, and these are my grandparents who were visiting from Kentucky. They were so cute and round. I adored them.

Memories are a wonderful thing. We can pull them out sometimes just to brighten our day and to remind ourselves that life is good. What are some of your teenage memories? I hope you will share them.

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P.S. There is more of the Women Speak series here.

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18 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness - the memories came flooding back. I saved my money and bought a madras jacket. I loved that jacket and I remember having to be careful washing it because madras always ran.

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    1. I know. The madras always ran back then, but oh how we loved it :)

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  2. love love your pictures and memories. I think what i remember most is over the summer staying out from morning till night. back then parents didn't have to worry about the things they do now. mom and dad knew that we were somewhere in the hood with our friends.

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    1. We stayed out till all hours too, Laura. Summer was the best.

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  3. Oh this was a fun post! :)

    I will tell you a memory of how BAD some of us kids were in middle school. It was music class. The teacher left the room for awhile. Someone ( never knew who for sure ) put a Woodstock record on, replacing the current record, and blasted it over the school loudspeaker. Do you remember the "GIVE ME AN F" part of that? Well of course back in the day the F word was a big deal, not like today.

    Goodness knows what trouble the poor teacher got into for not monitoring his classroom properly : )

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  4. Laura... you were (still are) too cute for words. I love that you shared your memories. Hope you still have that polka dot bikini!!!

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    1. If I did I might be able to get my left ankle in it. I weighed 104 soaking wet back in those days and thought I was fat LOL

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  5. What wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing these!

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  6. It was during those years that I was able to build really good relationships with one set of my grandparents. I also was able to get to know my great grandmother who taught me to crochet and the basics of gardening.

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    1. Grandparents are so important for children, Ronda. I learned so much from mine.

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  7. That's a darling picture of you with your family, and a 3 week drive across country must have given you many memories. Do people do that much anymore?

    When I was growing up there weren't any interstate roads so all of our family trips were on state highways and seemed to take forever with my little sisters and I in the backseat, elbowing each other for space. Each summer we would drive from Nashville to Myrtle Beach, SC and the first sight of the ocean was so thrilling. This was back in the old days when there might be one woman at the pool or on the beach in a two-piece bathing suit, and it was nowhere near a bikini! And we even stared at her!

    I was too old for the Madras days but I remember my younger sisters wearing them!

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  8. I agree it is fun to look through old photos and relive the memories

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  9. Fun memories brought back from your post. I used to love Madras plaid, hadn't even thought about it in a long time. Those were the days when bikinis were cute and not bordering on indecent exposure.

    I used to love wearing those little triangle head scarves with the ties. I wore them camping and boating. Kept my hair from blowing in my face all weekend and kept the part in my hair from getting sunburned. I never worried about getting the rest of me sunburned.

    I think we all spent so much more time outdoors than teens do now. I remember my friends and I doing a lot of walking around and sitting out on porches, sunbathing, and going to the pool in the summer before any of us had a driver's license, and it seems, in my memory anyway, like there was always rock n roll music playing in the background--kind of like a soundtrack in a movie. I think someone always must have had a transistor radio with them. Remember when suddenly there were not only AM radio stations, but FM as well?-- or maybe my friends and I just discovered the FM stations and album rock during that time.

    Thanks for helping me recall some fun memories.

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  10. Love these photos Laura. I remember wearing madras plaid something and those bandanas or triangles that tied in the back, Keds sneakers, Bermuda shorts, bobby socks and penny loafers, empire waist dresses, bell bottoms and elephant pants....the list goes on. I would listen to the top hit parade on my little transistor radio while 'studying'. I went to the high school dance on Friday nights and the YMCA dance on Saturday nights. (I was pretty tiny back then from all the dancing and walking everywhere!) Did you grow up in Canada? Thanks for the memories.

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  11. Oh, what wonderful memories! And you're so right about them always being there to comfort and cheer.

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  12. I have those Keds now too! I loved seeing your family pictures :)

    I was not a good teen, so I'll refrain from those stories LOL

    xo

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