Do you ever wish you could get a window into your teenage soul? I wasn’t a big diary keeper. So, after I watched Mortified Nation a few months ago, I thought I’d be out of luck with finding some gem revealing my deepest, darkest thoughts. And I was wrong! As I was unpacking some boxes last weekend, I uncovered a strange collage book I made in 1998 when I was 14/15.
Let’s take a look.
The book begins with this page. John and Yoko. John’s son Sean and his then-girlfriend. I think I’ve mentioned that I maintained a John Lennon tribute webpage in my early teens hosted on Geocities. I had a thing for John. You know, he only died three years before I was born. But it was going to happen. Somehow.
MMMBop . . .
So, then I turned the page and discovered a series of collages of the Hanson brothers pasted onto women’s photos. I was never into them as a band. I was too cool for pop music -- OBVIOUSLY. Well, aside from my Ace of Base phase in 7th grade. I’m thinking somehow this was my attempt at a dig. Saying they are girly men (boys?). Maybe it’s not so strange that my first boyfriend had long blonde hair? The joke’s on me.
Then there’s this:
I’m thinking this is a glimpse into the tortured heart of a band geek the summer before her sophomore year of high school. Something like that. Deep stuff.
Speaking of band geeks! The bulk of my book’s focus:
I won’t mortify any of my friends by adding more photos (there are MANY, I promise you). A couple shots from my morning music theory class. The string ensemble. Jazz band. Talent shows. I also have the worst haircut of all time. It’s a pixie cut I had chopped the summer of 1997 that just wasn’t growing out right.
Here’s my ideal fashion at age 14.
Can you tell I was totally into Daria?
And everything else MTV?
I can’t make this stuff up!
Thanks for indulging me. This find created many laughs in my house -- let me tell you. Do you have any buried treasure like this deep in boxes somewhere? Did you keep detailed diaries while you were growing up? It’s so funny how looking at these pictures and collages brought back all those memories and feelings I was having at the time.
Oh, and if you haven’t watched Mortified Nation, it’s a good one! (And free on Netflix!)
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