Friday, September 18, 2009

Flashback Friday

September’s theme: “Dear Old Golden Rule Days” – post any type of school photo, whether posed or candid.

I originally had something else planned to post for this week’s Flashback Friday; but with Patrick Swayze loosing his battle with Pancreatic Cancer on Monday, I decided to change it up a little bit. Rather than posting a photo from my school days, I have decided to just post a story.

Patrick Swayze got me into a lot of trouble as a pre-teen.Scene-from-Dirty-Dancing-001

I’m pretty sure I was in the fourth grade. It was my first year in a public school. And let’s just say my parents were pretty…conservative.

Dirty Dancing had come out on VHS and everyone was talking about it. I begged and pleaded with my mom to let me watch it, knowing full-well the answer would be a resounding NO because dancing was of the devil. (I’m just kidding. Those were not my parents’ exact words; but that was pretty much the general idea. And don’t worry, they’ve lightened up ALOT since then.)

So I went about my sheltered way and missed getting to talk about the craze with everyone else.

Then one week, I got an invitation to a slumber party. I was so excited. My first real slumber party! All the girls at school were talking about it and I was thrilled to be a part of the conversation again.

Friday evening finally rolled around and as my mom was dropping me off, she leaned over to kiss me goodbye and to tell me that if the girls were planning to watch Dirty Dancing, I should call her immediately and she would come pick me up.

Sure enough, the evening rolled on and once we were all settled into our sleeping bags, one of the girls popped Dirty Dancing into the VCR. My conscience was yelling at me to call my mom; but my desire to fit it got the better of me. I of course stayed and watched the move – and LOVED it – but I knew that if my mom ever found out, I would be in a load of trouble.

If there is one thing I learned growing up, it was the fact that moms ALWAYS know. And if I learned a second thing while growing up, it was the fact that I am a terrible liar.

Mom picked me up the next morning as scheduled and as soon as I got in the car she asked if I had watched Dirty Dancing. “What?” I asked. (I always ask “what?” when I’m about to lie. I guess I think it’s going to give me a few more seconds to get my story straight; when in reality, it just gives me away. The thing is I knew I did it, but I just couldn’t stop myself.)

Anyway, my mom immediately knew I was lying and for the first time in my life I was grounded – from what and for how long I don’t remember. All I know is that Patrick Swayze was the cause of my early childhood delinquency.


Stacey said...

I loved dirty dancing! I could watch the last dance over and over again.

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Yeah...No Body puts baby in the corner!!! That was my motto for sure!!! ;) Im gonna miss that guy. Eventho I did not know him at all!!!

Kimberly said...

I LOVE Dirty Dancing!
My mom let me watch the movie! I think I was preteen. I remember saving my money to buy the CD, and I still have it 25+ years later.

Stacey said...

I still have NEVER seen it!!! HAHA!! But my parents were the same way and I remember when I went to a slumber party and my friend Kelly popped in Cocktail I was freaking out excited. I was lucky never found out. OH - it was my first and last spin the bottle experience too...the guy tried to kiss me and I punched him in the mouth! :) lol

I've missed you...and I'm sorry I've been MIA!!! XOXO

Jenny said...

LOL, I would have done the same thing. I am an awful liar. I love that movie, me and my cousin would watch it over and over.

Running, kind of. said...

HA! I have a similar experience! My BF in 4th or 5th grade invited me over and she asked me if I wanted to watch it. I actually called my mom to ask her if I could. She said no. And we watched anyway. Terrible. I was too young to even understand what was so bad about it. I didn't understand half the plot. It was just the dancing and stuff I think. When I actually watched it when I was older I remember thinking, yeah, this probably isn't appropriate for a kid. Oh could have been worse! I could have been Baby and sneaking out to dance with Patrick Swazy! Now that would have been bad (in an amazingly AWESOME kind of way!). :)

Amy @ Living Locurto said...

Best movie ever!! My maiden name was Kelderman, so when they sang that "At Kellerman's" song... you know what me and my friends always sang instead. ha!

I also loved The Outsiders!! It's so sad when icons from our childhood keep dying off. I feel so old!

Life with Kaishon said...

Ha Ha Ha! We saw it at my cousins house and we were in love. My parents were super conservative too so my mom stayed in the living room and forwarded all the questionable if they were dancing too close or something... : )