Revisiting Warren Harding High School
following is a bitter-sweet remembrance of high school in the late fifties:
I see a rerun of the movie "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986), starring
Kathleen Turner and Nicolas Cage, I immediately think fondly of my high school
premise of Francis Ford Coppola's picture was; What would you do if you could
return to the past and relive your high school experience with the twenty or so
years of "life knowledge" that you had accumulated after graduation?
What would you do differently?
the premise that a thirty-seven year old woman could blend in with seventeen
year old high school students was preposterous......right?
back to my high school days, there were always students that "looked"
older than their chronological years. They
looked "larger-than-life" in certain ways...and larger in size...so
they usually excelled in sports too.
were also students who looked "younger" than their chronological
years. I was one.
experience of looking thirteen years old when you were a high school senior was
quite appalling, and I don't wish this experience on anyone.
only advantage to looking five years younger was that you could see movies for
"children's admission" long after your contemporaries were paying
as one got older, this "time-warp" between perceived age and real age
generally carried throughout your aging process. So it became a curious
advantage in social settings.
perceived as ten or fifteen years younger than your "real" age!
the other hand, the students who "looked" older than their years may
have initially had an advantage when purchasing liquor or cigarettes, but their
"older look" continued during the real aging process.
a recent high school reunion, I met several people who were "older
looking" as high school students, and they now looked ten to fifteen years
older than their chronological years.
experience was quite shocking.
the moral of this story is: Play the hand you are dealt 'cause it always
evens-out in the end.
the memory of Don Browne
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