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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Sabrina Fair

Mama’s Losin’ It

If you could go back to high school, what would you do differently?

I love the movie Sabrina...not the original (its okay) but the 1995 version with Harrison Ford, Greg Kinear, and Julia Ormond.  It's probably my all-time favorite movie.  The newer version came out while I was in high school, and I fell in love with it!  Most people who know me know how much I love it...few know why.  I love it because dreamed of being Sabrina.

High school was not a good time for me.  My naturally curly hair was naturally wild and frizzy most days.  As most of my classmates were getting their braces taken off, I was just getting mine put on.  I had no fashion sense.  I was painfully shy, awkward, and unsure of myself.  I was drifting away from my best friend since 6th grade.  On top of everything else, my faith was deepening, but with no youth group in the tiny church I grew up in, I felt isolated.  I think I went home crying almost every day after school.  I dreamed of being Sabrina, of growing from the ugly duckling to the graceful and beautiful swan. 

If I could do it all over, there is so much I would do differently.  I would loosen up, be myself, and put myself out there more.  I would push myself more.  I would take the A.P. classes I didn't take for fear of pulling my GPA down.  I would try out for drill team (even though I can't dance).  I wouldn't compare myself to everyone else.  I would stand up for myself more.  I would apply to be an exchange student.  I would plan to go away to college and get my own apartment.  Most of all, I wouldn't care what anyone else thought, because in the end, those high school relationships are so insignificant.  I would tell myself that while I not be Sabrina Fairchild, years after graduation, I would be a much different person and a much better person.

11 comments:

Amanda said...

So many girls held back during that particular time. Luckily we get to do it all over again with our kids. ;)

Liz said...

Whew! Glad high school's over with. I was pregnant in high school and that was so rough, especially with so much cyber-bullying(except we didn't facebook yet, thank goodness).

Kids can be so brutal and tortuous, but look at the beautiful swans we are now! Thank you, Lord!

Angela said...

Don't miss high school that much and I'm thankful for the opportunity to reinvent myself every day God gives me breath.

Stopping by from Mama Kat's!

Emily said...

I would agree with all of that. High school was awful for me and I feel the same way. I just needed to be me.

Karen V. said...

I had to go searching for a picture of you! You and your family are beautiful. Truly, high school was such a difficult time. I think with what we all know as adults we would go back and try to give some of that confidence to our former selves. But are experiences are what makes us who we are - but so glad it's long over!! :)

Jessica said...

If only we could go back and change things.

Bruna said...

It amazing me how many people feel the same as you about high school. It is such an awkward time. I was very shy as well and worried too much about what others thought.

My daughter starts high school next September. I feel for her but hope she'll experience it in a positive way.

Jen said...

High school. The only things good about it is that we truly don't ever have to go back.

Mommy Lisa said...

I was an exchange student...sometimes I wish I hadn't done it. It kind of set me back in my timeline and so when I went to college I was kind of over it. I ended up having to go back and finish at 40+!

mamatrack.com said...

I was in high school when it came out too--it was a great movie. And I also have naturally curly hair--it took me years to figure out how to wear it.

I think high school was a bad time for most of us. It's too bad we didn't understand then that everyone else was suffering too.

Paulette said...

Hindsight as they say is 20/20 but the experiences truly build us.

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