Pick a random coin, look at the date and write about what you were doing that year. That’s this week’s wanafriday blog theme.
Rather than dig through my wallet, I went for the $2 coin I knew was rattling around in the bottom of my handbag. I could have grabbed one of the coins in the car, but this one was closer.
As you can see, the year on the coin is 1988, and I know exactly what I was doing that year. These days we call it year 12. Back then it was Form 6. The final year of high school.
I recently came across the journal I kept that year, as it happens. It’s 100% unprintable, but it has served to remind me of what my life was like that year. And what I was like. My rambling scrawl is full of:
- Homework . . . lots of homework. It seems I was always under this massive mountain of homework that just kept getting higher and higher.
- Rage. I was very ranty about all sorts of stuff.
- Friends. Seems I had a much more active social life than I recall. Also teen angst about whoever was/wasn’t/didn’t appear to be talking to me.
I shouldn’t be surprised, but in that 1988 journal I sound like such a teenager!
Looking back, the whole year was something of a blur, really. But I do recall that by the end of November I had finished all my year 12 exams and I was freeee.
One of my huge frustrations of that year was feeling obliged to read all the English novels — and there were a bunch of them — instead of what I wanted to read. The moment my English exam was over (it was the first one of six), I celebrated by grabbing one of my favourite novels and reading long into the night.
I don’t remember what the book was, but I remember it was good.
I was happy to see the end of 1988. It was a tough year and I was more than ready to leave school; not to mention excited by the prospect of going to university. The transition from 1988 to 1989 was a major turning point in my life.
If you were born in 1988, what were you doing? What was the most memorable thing about your final year of high school?
I’ll update with links to other posts on this theme as they come in.