#bloganuary: High School Days

New Trier West High School, Northfield, Illinois, My alma mater

From the main vault in Monroe, Louisiana comes today’s question: If you could, what year would you time travel to and why?

I’d set the time machine for July 1, 1971. That was right after we moved to Northfield, Illinois and a couple of months before I was to start my sophomore year as a transfer student at New Trier West High School. The reason for this is simple: I would want to help my younger self do a better job of getting through that transitional year. I didn’t do such a good job of it: I was cocky, thought I was God’s gift to women, drank too much soda, smoked too much, and wasted a lot of time dreaming about being a great guitarist rather than doing the woodshedding and actually becoming a great guitarist. It was all in my power, and what can I say? I blew it. I’d like to go back and fix it. I realize that one shouldn’t screw with history, but as I said in a recent post, that wouldn’t stop me.

16 thoughts on “#bloganuary: High School Days

  1. I have to say, I don’t regret anything and rarely do I want to change something except to be a better daughter to my dad and help with the groceries than sit on my butt and watch a movie. I was a teenager and never knew the pain he was in. I think I would like to go back and just ask my dad more about his life and what he lived through like the pandemic of 1918[ hewas only 5), movies he saw in the 20s and 30s, the Great Depression and the war.

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  2. This prompt has been interesting… reading where everyone would wish to go back to or not ..most want to go back not forward…Loved the little music girl but couldn’t comment she was so assured and you could see how into the music she was…Thank you for following CarolCooks2 πŸ™‚

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    1. You mean Anastasia Tyurina? The first time I saw her, I fell in love. What an adorable young girl, and what a talent. She plays with older musicians, and more than holds her own, and you can tell they have great respect for her.

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  3. 1971 would be a good year to visit as would any year prior to 1990 in my case. I wouldn’t want to try to dabble with any kind of change, but just observe and maybe try some of the food to see if it was better back then or the same. I doubt that it was worse.

    You’re so right about the dreaming being far less efficient than actually doing what needs to be done. But the dreaming was fun.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out

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