I remember how I would save up my allowance so I can buy stationary and cute pens from Uncle Bob's from school. How I would call on the "kuya" from the Funny Store so I can buy all kinds of crazy things. From small red lipsticks so I can slap kissmarks on my classmates and friends, to this small gadget that you can press on a button to electrocute (or ground??) people. I remember looking out the classroom windows overlooking the basketball courts on the spacious school gym and watch my crush play ball while I listen to Eraserheads from my portable CD player.
I remember my only problem was making sure I did not get out from the Top 10 list, I wasn't much of an achiever, to be honest. I did not want to be on the spotlight. I was happy just the way things were. I did not want to spend endless hours studying. I preferred reading books, wasting away in the library, walking around Grace Village with my friends. You cannot begin to count how many pieces of jewelry I lost while doing this. I was a perfect example of not letting kids use expensive things. LOL I remember the thrill of buying notebooks and wrapping my books with plastic cover. I was always excited when classes were about to start!
I remember attending CAT and all the hairpins I had to put on in my hair which used to really piss me off. I remember singing in the choir and long nights of practicing for events. I remember working in the school paper and being proud of my PRESS ID which my brother would actually "press" when he sees just to make fun of me. I remember endless nights of doing layout with friends just so we can have the paper printed on time. I remember my first love (and now my husband) waiting for me no matter how late I finished just to make sure I came home safe and sound. I remember the ridiculous fist fights boys got into, and he would remove his dress watch to avoid it from getting damaged from all the punches he would have to throw. Looking back, I think he was the only teenage boy I can remember who wears a freaking dress watch ( a Guy Laroche, no less) to school, and dress shoes to match! He was soooo formal! But I also remember his shoes were always dirty, which really upset my mom. LOL
I am living a good life, I should not complain. But I really miss when times were simpler. If only I could turn back time I would like to visit these days and learn to really enjoy it. I know back then I took these for granted, but now that I am getting... errrr, aging, I mean, I reminisce and realize that I am blessed with wonderful years growing up. I hope when the time comes for me to look back to the years following that, I can also do so with a smile like they way I am doing now as I think about my childhood.
Or maybe this was all brought on by this video. Listening to the opening words of You Can Fly from Peter Pan really brought me back in time...
"Think of a wonderful thought...
Any merry little thought.
Think of Christmas, think of snow,
Think of sleigh bells off you go,
Like reindeer in the sky."
"Think of the happiest things,
It's the same as having wings.
Take the path that moonbeams make,
If the moon is still awake
You'll see him wink his eye."
Yep, I am feeling nostalgic... Okay, time to sleep.
Sweet dreams, sweeties!