Thursday, July 22, 2010

Rat-tails are Gross...Mommy's Piggy Tales #7

Age 10 or 5th Grade

Big news in 5th grade: I liked a boy!! I’m sure there were a few here & there that I was maybe interested in before now, but this is the first year that I remember having a major crush!! This is the year I remember my hormones going CRAZY! The object of my affection was named Alex & just to show you how redneck the city I grew up in was, I must point out that he had a rat-tail. Remember those? That one long little clump of hair that grew out & down their back while the rest of their head was shaved or had a fabulous 80’s flat-top? I mean, really, who ever started the rat-tail craze because it’s embarrassing to look back on. Gross. We also played four-square at recess like it was nobody’s business & I wore biker shorts under cut-off jean shorts & thought I was really awesome. Ah the 80’s/90’s style crazes.

Also in 5th grade, I had my tonsils removed. I remember eating soup & popsicles for days. I remember throwing up blood & I remember swallowing scabs. (Sorry for the visuals, people, but those are the things I remember.) I also remember my doctor asking me right before I went under if I was the kid who wanted to see my tonsils after they were removed...um NO.

My best friends were named Brianna, Janie & Laura. I remember watching the movie Cry-Baby with them at slumber parties (oh Johnny Depp...I was a big fan even then) & listening to Janet Jackson all the time. I remember my friend Brianna’s older sister was also obsessed with Tori Amos & Silverchair. She had posters of both in her room & I thought Tori Amos was weird.

I was a member of the Academic Team at school & we won the state competition! It was really fun!! At the regional meet, I even got the winning answer right by spelling pneumonia. I felt pretty cool. That was the peak of my nerdiness in terms of school, though, because in 6th grade I was sent to private school & everything changed...





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14 comments:

emily @ the happy home said...

ohh, my goodness. the boy i was in LUV with in the 6th grade had a rat tail. he's now a navy pilot. i wonder if i should remind him?

Olivia said...

Great memories! That's a really cute pic, too!
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becca said...

cry baby was the best. so wierd, but totally awesome. i did the bike shorts underneath plasticy athletic shorts. what was i thinking?

Stacey said...

Cry Baby was my favorite movie back then ;) And I agree, the rat tail was a horrible trend and every boy I knew back then had one!

Casie said...

I think ours were called duck tails though... Hmmmm. I might have to call my brother on this one! He had one - I'm sure he'll remember. :)

Crystal said...

HA! I remember that hair style. Some boys in my classes just a couple years before had them and I thought it looked weird, though the boys were overall rated as 'cute'. And I remember 4square too, in 6th grade that was 'the' game to be playing at recess, that and tetherball, because as 6th graders we ruled the playground!
Thanks for sharing!!

Crystal said...

HA! I remember that hair style. Some boys in my classes just a couple years before had them and I thought it looked weird, though the boys were overall rated as 'cute'. And I remember 4square too, in 6th grade that was 'the' game to be playing at recess, that and tetherball, because as 6th graders we ruled the playground!
Thanks for sharing!!

Cameron said...

Wow I love it that so many loved Cry Baby & remember the rat-tails & biker shorts!! The early 90's were just embarrassingly fabulous!

Shanda said...

Immediately after reading this post, I clicked over to Netflix to put Cry-Baby in my queue. It's on instant streaming. I'm so watching it tonight! I loved that movie and the movie Girls Just Wanna Have Fun with Sarah Jessica Parker. I bet I could still recite it word for word after all these years.

I had a crush on a boy with a rat-tail. Those were the days. Maybe rat-tails will be the next big thing again. It could happen. If shoulder pads can come back in style, then ANYTHING can happen.

Amy said...

Why do doctors ask you if you want to see them? Ugghh! They asked me that too. I had mine out in second grade!

Okay Cameron, I worked until late tonight...and tomorrow...and early this weekend but I PROMISE I will get back to our email. My apologies. I just wanted to check out your latest post before bed. I can't wait to hear the rest of this story! ;-)
Amy

JoJo said...

I can't figure out what four square is?!

I feel so out of the loop...

Sandra said...

Rat tails...yeah...not quite sure what was up with those? Oh and the biker shorts under the jean shorts!
Just had to brag that when I was in university in Vancouver, I came down the stairs of my dorm and found Johnny Depp lounging on the couch in the boys dorm. They used to film 21 Jump Street in Vancouver and on my campus every so often. Got the visual though: young Johnny Dep L-O-U-N-G-I-N-G....are you jealous? ok, I didn't think so, I just like to brag! Hey girl, I love your posts and I love this going down memory lane material!

Nf1andprek-whisper said...

cameron,
I dont' remember any boys I liked.. in elementary school LOL
I got my tonsils out at 27 years old...
great fun post.. good memories and you look so cute in that grade.. I have not posted any of me yet.. as I have to FIND them and my teeth did not have braces yet... LOL

Jill said...

I love that you post these old pics. You are brave!

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