I decided to join in on the fun for this week. 17 was such a fun age, but I am glad I am older now.
1. When you were 17, tell us what kind of car you drove, where you worked, and what you were usually up to on the weekends. I drove a 1982 Mercury Lynx that was nicknamed Papa Smurf. The defrost didn't work so I had to use old rags to wipe the condensation off my car during the winter or drive with the windows slightly rolled down. I didn't complain too much since it was free. I did not work at that age. I was lucky my parents provided all I needed during that time. I was playing softball year round, and since my grades were good, my parents said I could wait until I graduated to work. I would occasionally work for my mom in her office for extra cash. If I wasn't playing softball, the weekends were spent at a friend's house watching 80s movies or listening to music, or spent at the mall where we would eat dinner and then go to a movie. We were a pretty close bunch, and we usually had fun just hanging out at someone's house.
2. Show us a picture of you at 17 I had to search Facebook to find this picture. I am the one on the top right with the incredibly long and out of control hair. These were all the seniors on the softball team that year. I went to a pretty small high school.
3. What did you want to be when you grew up? I had no clue what I wanted to be at that age. I kept changing my mind. One day it was psychology, the next it was biology. I am a science geek, and I eventually settled on biology.
4. When you were 17, tell us the kind of boys that you dated. Did you have a type? Do you have a relationship you remember well? Do tell. I dated a guy on and off my junior and senior year and he definitely wasn't a tough guy by any means. Some people thought he was gay, but turns out he wasn't. He ended up crushing me, and it took a few years to really enter another relationship. He taught me a lot about myself, and I am grateful that through his hurtful ways, I realized I needed to take the time in college to focus on me and have fun. I think I enjoyed college more by not worrying about guys or think about who I should date.
5. When you were 17, tell us where you pictured your life 10 years from then. Did it turn out the way you expected it to? 5 years ago I was 27, and my life definitely wasn't what I pictured it would be. I was living in a small, central Kansas town living with my boyfriend who didn't seem all that keen on ever getting married. Actually he was getting ready to deploy and was gone for 18 months. I was working in a pathology lab, but it definitely wasn't my dream job. I figured by 27 I would have found the guy, had the kids, and I would be working at the best lab research job I could find. Definitely didn't happen.