The writer of one of my favorite blogs, “Little Cakes” or “Saucy’s Sprinkles” by Sasha Libby, which is not only the prettiest blog I’ve ever read, it’s entertaining, informative and interesting, recently asked the question, “What was your favorite year of high school, or the best of the worst?”
I agree with Sasha Libby that junior year is the best because there’s not the same pressure as during your senior year. You can chill and relax and just enjoy being a teenager (if that’s possible) knowing you can put off real responsibilities for at least another year.
“Saucy remembers grade eleven as being her very favourite year of high school. She hit her stride, she knew her way around. She had nice friends and the pressure of senior year and graduation and all of the decisions that were on the horizon were so far off in the distance that her biggest concern was where exactly she should tie her bandana - upper arm or knee?”
I remember being involved in Drama Club (and was in “Guys & Dolls”) during my junior year, as well as being on the newspaper staff (of The Bluestreak). Although I definitely wasn’t popular, I rubbed elbows with many that were, and that was good enough for me.
While many of my friends were eager to gain their independence with a driver’s license, I was content to be a passenger for at least a few more years. As a result, I didn’t have to do the fast food thing until college since I didn’t need money for gasoline or car insurance. Instead, I babysat most weekends and always earned enough to have pocket money for whatever my heart desired (most of the time). I had simple tastes back then. Plus, as technology was at a slow creep in those days, once you had a walkman and a boom box, you had it all.
Of course, who can forget junior Prom at the end of the year? (actually, I wouldn't mind forgetting mine since it was a bit too much "Pretty in Pink" for me).
Ah, to be young again!