Youth­ful rem­i­nisces of North Shore

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

Oh the times we used to have at all! Thank­fully we have good times to look back on for when get older.

My girl­friends, cousins and I used to gather at each other’s houses, usu­ally who­ever’s par­ents or fam­ily were out at the time.

We’d do our makeup, do each other’s hair, have the tunes on, talk about the guys, have a bev­er­age or two of choice and we’d dance around un­til our ride took us to the dances.

Re­flect­ing back on them now, some of those pre­cious times were even bet­ter then the ac­tual dances them­selves.

I bet we were a sight to see; en­ter­ing all per­fumed, hair teased and most likely gig­gling like lit­tle school girls.

We thought we were all that and then some back then I’m sure. But no one looked at us dif­fer­ently be­cause there were many groups of girls just like us start­ing from Kingston down to Job’s Cove.

Some­times even a lit­tle fur­ther like Perry’s Cove, Vic­to­ria or even Bay De Verde. Oc­ca­sion­ally we were even graced with vis­i­tors from Toronto, which was a bit of an an anom­aly, but a surely a wel­comed one.

There was al­ways some­thing in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing to talk about. I used to put my girl­friends to sleep from talk­ing too much!

We would end the night by stay­ing over at each other’s houses for sleep­overs; stay­ing up in the wee hours re­flect­ing on the en­tire night. What this one wore, who went out with who and most likely who got in a fight with who.

There was al­ways some­thing in­ter­est­ing and ex­cit­ing to talk about. I used to put my girl­friends to sleep from talk­ing too much!

Presently on a Fri­day or Satur­day night, I pe­ri­od­i­cally get a deja vu feel­ing from a cer­tain song, smell in the air or even a taste from a cer­tain bev­er­age.

It will bring me back to when I was a teenager again, back to when girls just wanted to have fun.

I could never recre­ate that ex­pe­ri­ence as I got older and went out with the girls; it was just some­thing that’s ir­re­place­able.

My girl­friends and cousins are scat­tered all over now.

We moved on, made new friends and spent time go­ing to movies or go­ing out for din­ners.

We’re mar­ried women with chil­dren now, but some­times that teenage girl pokes her head out and rem­i­nisces wist­fully on those fun times.

Ce­leste De­laney-Loughrey writes from Afax, On­tario.

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