|1982 - New school, new perm. |
Notice the coordinating
Lori and I became friends with 2 other girls, Ruth and Jennifer. They were all three obsessed with boys and constantly made sexual innuendo. I laughed along but I had yet to have my first crush and while I was curious about their discussions, I was apprehensive. I sooned learned as well that some things were shared between some members of our foursome, but kept secret from other members.
In the movie "Mean Girls" there's a scene where the girls are 3-way calling each other. I can't remember what they called it in the movie - an ambush, maybe? Anyway, 3-way calling was relatively new in 1983 and we used it all the time. One time I was on the phone with Lori and Ruth and I had to excuse myself for a moment to do something. When I came back on the line, I listened to their conversation before I said anything. They were talking about sex, how far they'd gone. Lori finished by telling Ruth not to say anything to me about it. Ouch. That's when I pretended I had just come back to the phone.
They introduced me to a boy named Paul and decided that the two of us should start "going together". That's what we called it back then. Paul and I talked on the phone a few times. He was cute, again a year above me. Someone told me that he wanted to teach me how to French kiss. Eeww. But when he asked me to go with him, I said yes, but nothing happened. Basically, in 8th grade, and you go with someone you basically spend breaks together, maybe holding hands. Nothing physical ever happened between us and I promptly broke up with him because I hardly knew him. That kind of thing happened all the time. I don't think I knew anyone who had a real boyfriend.
As I started to realize that these girls were way too fast for me and that we had nothing in common, I began to withdraw and spend time with girls I met in class, in my own grade. I started making actual friends is what happened. That's when I met Tami Paperno who became my best friend for many years to come.
|Tami and me|
8th Grade Graduation
Speaking of culture, one of the gifts Tami received was the newest record (yes, vinyl) from Culture Club (who? Boy George?), and we listened to Karma Chameleon and Miss Me Blind all night. It was the first time I actually felt comfortable at Sequoia. I had friends.