High school seems like a forever ago, but really only 2o+ years. (Ok, that is seriously a long time!) I was a different person back then, with a completely different life. I cannot even remember living in those days, or it is very hard to. This past Sunday though, I got a flashback and I felt like I was in highschool again!
After church we always go to lunch. Usually a big group of us, like 20-30 people. We vary where we go. Finding a place that can accommodate a big group is tricky. Also, half the group is kids and that always makes people nervous. But this Sunday we went to Tijuana Flats.
I like Tijuana Flats, the food is good, they have healthy alternatives and for a family of 5 we usually can get out under $40, which is a bonus. They also are open to allowing us to move tables so we can all sit at one big table. The downside is, you have to order at the counter which is fine unless there is a long line, and Sunday there was a long line.
But the good thing about this is, they play music there, and loudly. As soon as I entered, I heard the song, “These are the Days” by 10,000 Maniacs, and was flooded with happy memories and feelings of youth. This, you see, was my Prom theme. 1993 in a Chicago suburban high school, I was taken back. I cheerfully sang the words and danced to the beat. I felt like I was 17 again! My kids were looking at me like “what the heck happened to mom?” I even caught a younger lady in line looking at me with a smile, perhaps she too was having a youthful flashback.
“These are days, you’ll remember
Never before and never since, I promise
Will the whole world be warm as this and as you feel it
You’ll know it true that you are blessed and lucky
It’s true that you are touched by something
That will grow and bloom in you”
Wow! I do remember those days. Like it was yesterday. Even more than I remember yesterday. The lyrics from These are the Days perfectly fit a high school graduation song for the year 1993. Those were the days.
I remember like 20 of my friends went on a yacht after the Prom dance on Lake Michigan. The next day we all went to Lake Geneva and all hung out for the weekend. The perfect memory.
So, if you want to feel 17 again. Listen to your high school Prom song. It may not bring back happy memories like mine, but it sure will take you back. To a time, before a job, marriage, kids, a mortgage and endless laundry. A brief period in time when life was simple. Still happy at this stage of life, but it never hurts to visit the past!
What was your prom theme?