7.08.2006

i was a sullen teenager...

me at 15i am not sure if the 80's were kind to anybody, but they sure seemed to hit me particularly hard. in most pictures from that time, i am staring out at the camera, unabashedly, with baleful eyes. you can see the same look reappear from age 16 to 21. i am sure that i smiled during those years, but it sure doesn't get captured on film a lot.

what does get captured is a fascinating array of haircuts, some spectacular, some scary. and you can tell that my look vacillated from hippie to punk rock to downright preppy. i was clearly trying to find my nook, as most kids were probably doing. i was experimenting. and i was sometimes so unbelievably full of myself that it's hard to take my teenage self seriously.

i look back and wish i could have a talk with that kid. tell her that we were going to grow up okay, and that maybe we didn't have to fight so hard. my senior year book quote was Dylan Thomas, and simply read "do not go gentle into that good night". good lord. i was a pompous, self-aggrandizing, maudlin kid. thanks for all of you who bore with me. it probably wasn't easy!


me at 17, with mattme at 20me at 17

5 comments:

Pandora said...

I am now determined to find some pictures of myself at 17. If I can find one before the hair got big, I swear we could have been twins.

Pandora said...

PS--we were *all* pompous, self-aggrandizing, maudlin kids. Nobody noticed how full of yourself you were because we were too busy being full of ourselves as well. I think that's our job, at age 18...to think we own the world (or will shortly, the minute we get out of high school).

r_g said...

you too? the only picture of me with a mowhak made in into my senior yearbook.

and what pandora said.

Sophie said...

No you weren't -- I was there. You were just 100Xs smarter than the rest of us and I think you were bored out of your (shaven) skull. xo sophie

fuggy-nli said...

kate, I didn't know you were in OMD! cool!