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2010/281: Memory Lane

These past two months have been full of reconnecting with friends from my childhood and teenage years, thanks to Facebook. It’s a little odd, really, that all these people are popping back into my life all at once, when there’s no connection between them, because some of them found me!
It all started with C., the very first friend I remember having. I’ve known her since I was four! We lived in the same apartment building, her family on the 5th floor, and mine on the 11th floor.  I remember that my mom didn’t like her at all, and I’m pretty sure her mom felt the same about me and my sister, but that didn’t stop us from playing together almost every single day. We lost touch soo many years ago, probably when I was in my early teens, but I thought of her often.
That’s her in the pink shirt, standing in the little “window” on the right. I’m sitting right in front of her.

B., who I met in 10th grade, who unfortunately introduced me to my ex (although, if that hadn’t happened, I never would have met Greg either). We stayed in touch for a while after I moved to the US, lost touch, got back in touch, and then lost touch again for a few years…. until just a few weeks ago.

P., from 7th grade, who played a HUGE part in me flunking and having to repeat the grade because I was too busy daydreaming about him, than concentrate on studying, or what the teachers had to say. It certainly didn’t help matters when we ended up sitting next to each other in class later in the school year. I don’t think he ever knew that I had such a huge crush on him, or he probably would have ignored me more than he did. And if he did know, he never said anything.
This picture was taken by one of my teachers (who I don’t remember) at a field trip to Nördlingen. I was either in 6th grade or 7th grade (the first time! 😉 … and I’m the one in the center)

A. who I met when I was 15, and who lived in the apartment building across from the one where I lived. We’ve been in touch off and on over the years, but the last few years have just been the occasional e-mail and Christmas card.

Then my best friend sent me a list of names from the last class reunion, and even though I couldn’t remember many of their faces, a lot of names were still familiar.
School days…. can’t say I ever liked school, but those were still the good ol’ days 🙂

No trip down memory lane will be complete without remembering my dad. After all, I did inherit the shutterbug genes from him! 😉
He passed away in August 1992 and I still miss him every single day. Today would have been his 66th Birthday. Happy Birthday, Dad ♥

15 responses

  1. Becky Sue

    What a great collection of photos and memories! There are a lot of naysayers but I’m not one of them, Facebook makes amazing connections. I found my first photo gig through Facebook, I sell a lot of my jewelry through Facebook and, this weekend, I’m getting together with 3 childhood friends… we lived in the same neighborhood until we moved away when I was 11… because of Facebook.

    Happy Birthday to your Dad!

    8. October, 2010 at 06:58

    • Thanks, Becky.
      You know, it wasn’t so long ago that I said I would NEVER get on facebook… and then finally couldn’t take the “whining” from a friend anymore, and got an account. Now I’m glad I did (although I REALLY should spend less time there! 😉 )

      Have a great time this week-end!

      8. October, 2010 at 07:07

  2. Anjeanette

    Michaela,

    How fun! I love to reconnect with people too. It is fun to get these little bits of information about you too! Happy Birthday to your Dad. How sweet! He was a very distinguished looking man.

    You know, as we are moving and going through boxes, I came across one that had a bunch of pictures of Melissa when she was younger. I have recipe cards you would send me. Actually I think I have everything you ever gave me;) So fun to reconnect!!

    8. October, 2010 at 07:25

    • Oh that is so funny that you still have all this stuff. I came across a note from you a while back, and when I went through a box of pictures to find one of my dad, I came across your wedding pictures! 🙂

      8. October, 2010 at 07:30

  3. plainmama

    Beautiful tribute to all these wondetful people who influenced you and your life. So lovely to see some pictures of your dad. Was photography a hobby for him or something more? He would be so proud of your great talent behind the lens, I am sure!

    8. October, 2010 at 09:18

    • Thanks Amy. Photography was just a hobby for my dad, and when I was a kid, he would always give me his old camera when he replaced it with a new one.

      8. October, 2010 at 09:21

  4. doreen3boys

    oh.my.gosh are u sure thats not Sara in the pics? WOW thats amazing! So fun to walk down memory lane……..I didn’t think I’d get into facebook either, but I’ve had some wonderful connections b/c of it.

    Thanks for sharing!

    8. October, 2010 at 09:23

    • LOL Doreen. My friend C. sent me a message on fb just a few days ago, telling me how much Sara looks like me when I was little 🙂

      8. October, 2010 at 09:40

  5. Love the old photos!

    oh and I didn’t whine, I suggested you join facebook. You should be thanking me, if you hadn’t joined you wouldn’t have these pictures to post and old friends to reconnect with. 😉

    8. October, 2010 at 18:11

    • THANK YOU, AMBER! 🙂
      Yes, you suggested it, but then started whining when I didn’t join facebook right away 😉

      8. October, 2010 at 18:17

  6. What a fun post! I love it! As much as I love taking new pictures, old pictures are precious. It looks like you have a twin sitting next to you in that first shot, and is the boy in the background really wearing lederhosen? (I’m sure I didn’t spell that correctly)
    I’ve reconnected with many people because of FB also. The internet has been a lot of fun for making connections – I see my blogger friend Becky has made her way over here recently. She and I live in the same town and we met because of the Pioneer Woman’s blog!

    8. October, 2010 at 19:27

    • Thanks, Karen. I love old pictures, too 🙂 That “twin” next to me is my sister, she’s almost a year younger than me…. and I think that boy in the background is wearing some kind of overalls.
      How funny that you and Becky live in the same town! I met Amber online as well (flickr) and we live in the same town (although SHE lives on the wrong side of the tracks 😉 )

      8. October, 2010 at 21:52

  7. dalia

    How funny!! I love all the old photos! I am sure your Dad would be very proud of you! ♥

    8. October, 2010 at 21:41

  8. What a cutie you were! The old photos are wonderful!

    11. October, 2010 at 17:32

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