Monday, September 06, 2010

Music Monday/Lyric Lundi

Although the kids in my school district started back last Monday in 90+ degree heat that made it seem not the least bit like fall, today is the day I think of as the true end of summer. By the end of this week, all kids all over the country will be back in school. And today, it feels like the end of summer. This weekend, we've had absolutely beautiful fall-like weather -- breezy, sunny, highs in the seventies, lows in the fifties. I was at a Labor Day party last night dressed in jeans for the first time since I was up in Maine in early July, and I had to borrow a sweatshirt from my hostess to enjoy sitting out on the patio.

What song to choose for the "new year"? Despite the fact I haven't had to go back to school since 1993, I still think of this time of year as a time for new beginnings. For instance, it's time to stop being so neglectful of this blog. It's time to stop being so neglectful of my pen pals (some of whom have not heard from me in months). It's time for me to organize my closets and to clean out the basement, which looks like a bomb has struck it.

But not today. Today, let's have a little fun reminiscing about high school and those "summer nights." Grease came out in theaters the summer I was fourteen. That was the perfect time for this movie to come out. I was just about to start high school myself. I would soon be moving to England, where my girlfriends would love the fact that I could sing all the songs with a "real" American accent and where we danced to the sound tract at slumber parties just as I had with my American girlfriends.

I still remember my reaction the first time I saw this number, which I would go on to see five more times that summer. Yes, my friends and I went to see this movie six times (we did things like that back in the days when we thought we had all the time in the world). I watched it and thought, "I don't want this movie to end. Ever." Most of the time, I have absolutely no desire to be fourteen years old again, but occasionally, I wish I had that young passion back and could experience such scenes the way I know I once did.

These days, I watch it and just think, "What fun!" Hope you think it' s fun, too.


Stefanie said...

That brings back the memories. John and Olivia were so much younger then. But so was I.

Emily Barton said...

Stef, yes, we were all once very young...