Monday, September 27, 2010

Old School Reminiscing

Have you ever heard a song that takes you back to your younger days? Or a smell? I hear songs all the time, smell things all the time…and I love to ponder on all of the things that I have been able to experience in my lifetime so far. But what I really love is to get out an old box of pictures or picture books and just let the memories flow back – like a wave of emotions, it seems like yesterday. The memories are what mold us, they are what make us who we are, why we believe what we believe, and those memories (good and bad) I cherish and hold dear to my heart!
The reason I was started on my most recent ‘memory searching kick’ is because my best friend from college came home from the UK for a few weeks and we were FINALLY able to have dinner last Sunday. Megan is now married!!! Living in the UK, living in a cute house they are renovating together and learning a whole new culture (including learning how to drive on the other side of the road). I miss her dearly, but our visits are even more special now that we only get to see each other a few times a year. But with technology the way it is…I feel like we never even miss a beat!
Ends up, a college friend of ours’ , Andy, lives only 5 minutes away from where we were eating – so he came up to catch up. For the first time in 12 years, we all sat at a table together reminiscing about old times, new times, and we were finally able to hug each other =)
After dinner, Andy put this little collage together to see how much we had changed. The top picture was taken on the Appalachian Trail where a group of us camped out together – no kidding, we camped in 20 degree weather, in 50 degree sleeping bags. One of the COLDEST nights of my life. Great memories….

Soooo….after all of this…I came home looking through old pictures of college friends, places I have traveled, places I have lived, etc… Found a few of Megan, she is going to HATE me for this…

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Goodness Gracious…the trouble this girl and I got in together…And I don’t regret any of it =) fun times!!
Not sure why I don’t have any pictures of us together during our ‘hippie/patchouli’ days in Boone or our concert days going to see Fleetwood Mac, the Indigo Girls, Shawn Mullins, or sweet Dave -  or our days spent in Asheville and the beautiful Smokey Mountains – I do have tons of our dogs…but I will spare y’all the furry photos. Love you honey bunny! And miss you every day!!

As we got older…finally growing up…well, maybe…

Oh….and I couldn’t leave these out – I pulled these out of the photo box a while back – These were taken back when Paul and I were still athletes, in SUPER fine shape, and not yet married with little munchkins. Goodness – 9 years have gone by!!!!!

“Every five years or so, I look back on my life and have a good laugh” – Indigo Girls


  1. Love ya, sis. The is a great post. Makes me wish we spent more time together in college. Oh wait...I was already old.

  2. And just wiping the tears from my eyes so I can see the keys on the computer to write....I love you Jess, love our memories, love our past, present and future! xoxoox. Your words are amazing and you write so beautifully.

  3. LOVE IT!!! You do write so beautifully! I absolutely love reading your posts! I love all your old pics, what a beauty you were and still are! This brought me way back in my own life! It definitely seems that our pasts were quite similar! I only wish we knew each other!!! Thanks for brightening my day! Much Love~Courtney