There are times when my memory gets jogged but for the life of me I cannot reconstruct the details.
My sister noticed this newspaper photo on our vintage hometown Facebook page. Yes, I am officially one of the vintage people now I guess! The article mentioned “centennial year”‘ so clue number one, it’s 1967. This morning I rummaged around until I unearthed my five high school yearbooks. I knew there had to be an excellent reason for hanging on to them all these years. Leafing through the 1967 edition in an attempt to put names to these faces, this turned up.
Centennial year must have been a popular time for not listing identities of grade twelve students who went on bus trips. I recognize myself, back row, third from the left. I can name a dozen more. Batting 500 so far. But here’s the mysteries.
If thirty-four students attended, where (and who) are the other eleven? Bathroom breaks? Lost? Smoking behind the bus?
Why was looking at furniture considered educational? Maybe it was, but who made that decision? And thrust it upon us?
Did we voluntarily agree to this excursion? Seventeen and eighteen year olds in 1967 be like hey, let’s hop a bus to TO and check out carpeting and new age dining room sets. Yeah! I don’t know. And on a Saturday too. Very curious.
Was that thing I’m wearing a precursor to my furry grey winter coat that a few years later W would say resembled a dirty polar bear? Like he had seen a great number of dirty polar bears in his lifetime up to that point? It’s not a very flattering look, but then when you consider everyone else is wearing similar versions of the same boxy big collared giant buttons style, I guess in respect to small town centennial year Canadian winter fashion, I fit right in.
Did we dine at the Westminster Hotel, or the Town and Country Restaurant? Or was the restaurant IN the hotel? What did we eat? I had a friend once who ordered lobster and then couldn’t figure out how to eat it and was too embarrassed to ask, so she shoved the whole thing in to her purse and took it home. Like that would fool our waiter into thinking we were so sophisticated. But I’m pretty sure that happened on a different trip altogether.
I don’t think any of us furniture voyeurs went on to become famous designers, but many of us made it to the vintage stage of life, Fifty One Years Later. Sheesh. That’s either remarkable or depressing, I can’t decide which.
So many details about this trip elude me completely. My brain is no longer able to recall the things that happened or the things we saw, or who I sat with on the bus or why not one of us is wearing a hat in January.
Chances are good that my mind registered very little of it all in the first place, having been known in high school for a lot of zoned out day dreaming. The little poem written about our 12B class includes the line …”while Linda is thinking of whom we can’t guess…”. Understood to mean also “or of what or where or when or even why”. Mystery woman. Or vacuum head. Could go either way.