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Hey, Nineteen: A post to save lives.

8.19.2013

in big gay liberal post,introspection,my girls

EVERY comment on this post means a life-saving vaccination will be donated to a child in need, thanks to the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life Blogust campaign and Walgreen’s participation, starting today. If you comment on any post of mine (or share one!), please make it this one. Even if just to say hi.

Also, I’m posting hugely embarrassing photos of myself so it seems only fair in return.

Thalia at 8. Me at 11.

My oldest daughter is now eight and the youngest, six. It’s a strange thing to now have children at ages where I can remember so much of those years myself. I catch myself saying “I learned to ride a bike with training wheels at six too.” Or “when I was your age I remember a dollar would get you 2 slices of pizza and a small fountain Coke! Now go get my cane.”

I cannot project what my girls’ memories will be of the next few years, as they hit their tweens (when did we invent that awful word anyway?) and ramp up into their teens, stumbling toward adulthood hopefully with more grace than I did. But I do remember my own memories of each of those years. And I can’t help but compare, predict, wonder, where the similarities will be.

We don’t remember days, we remember moments. -Cesare Pavese

9 Getting my ears pierced and not having to wait until 13. (Happy birthday to me!) My first R-rated movie with my dad: Animal House. I still recall wondering, “what’s the big deal with the dean’s daughter admitting to that fraternity boy after they spent the night together that she’s only 13? That’s a teenager. That’s old!” The rambunctious, undisciplined boy in fourth grade who made the teacher cry. Falling in love with music through the AM-FM clock radio on my nightstand. Hearing the word goddamn in an Eagles song and asking my parents, can they do that? Is that legal?

10 Reading Starring Sally J Freedman as Herself and Are You There God It’s Me, Margaret. Sleepovers and girlfriends and experimenting with slam books and cliques and social power structures that sometimes hurt. Accepting that I could dance and I could write, but I would never be picked first in dodgeball and that my little league team would really prefer that I do something else on Saturdays. Turning down $50 from my father to try a bite of lobster. Playing with the Ouija board with my brother and thinking we had a friendly ghost in our house named Smitty. Finding best friends, some of whom are still close with me today. The first serious, serious crush. The horrible embarrassment of my father driving slowly past his house and calling, Jaaaasooooon…while I ducked as far as I could down into the car floor.

starring sally j freedman as herself

Other Judy Blume books get more attention, but this might have been my favorite.

11. The beginning of girls who had boyfriends and breasts and bras and periods and things I didn’t have. I had a waist you could wrap two hands around and your middle fingers and thumbs could touch. But I didn’t have the boobs and that was all I wanted. It was the beginning of boys in a way that might have made me say ew only two years earlier. A first kiss in a game of spin the bottle at summer camp that led to a first kiss up in the sand dunes with the chubby but sweet boy from Long Island.  The ability to write my mother about it because I could tell her anything. The letter back about how proud she was that I did. The ability to write my father a different kind of letter because starting that summer, they didn’t live together anymore.

12 Discovering teen magazines and R rated movies, willing myself to have a crush on John Schneider even when the other girls liked Scott Baio, and wondering if the rumors about those girls in eighth grade and the things they did at parties were true. Thinking roach clips that you wore in your hair with dangly feathers hanging from them, had something to do with insects. Believing green MnMs made you horny. Having to ask what “horny” meant. Hugging friends hello in the junior high halls between classes. My father’s girlfriend buying me Frye boots that made me feel so fancy. Finding a love for theater and the nervous thrill of backstage moments before the curtain first rose. Loving Kate Bush. Experimenting with eyeliner but still clinging to overalls and soccer cleats. The cleats were black. The eyeliner was shiny, metallic turquoise. Not a good look. But then, nothing really was. Except the dress I wore to my father’s wedding: sapphire blue taffeta. Sweet.

13 Taking a big fluffy maxi-pad, turning it over and over in my hands and sticking it–to me. Upside down. For a good half-hour. Until finally, my best friend at my sleepover party that night told me I was doing it wrong.

High school begins.

14 Coordinating my first day of high school outfit with my first day of school with braces: black striped pants with funky lace overalls, a white puffy shirt that may have very well inspired a Seinfeld producer, silver jewelry as an homage to the teeth. Being called Square Pegs by the upperclassmen. (I was Sarah Jessica, presumably. It was the long, frizzy hair.) Realizing I would never dance for a living, but I could maybe, possibly write. Running for student council as a joke, simply to write funny ads and post them around the school halls. Making new ones each day as the old ones were claimed by upperclassmen for their lockers. Losing by only two votes.

15 Discovering a best friend isn’t always a best friend; that she may find a new best friend who’s more outrageous, more rebellious, more earnest when she writes brooding poetry. And that this best friend may find a boyfriend who is the boyfriend you hoped to have and she knew it. Rediscovering the earlier best friend, the one who would never ever make out with a boy you liked right in front of the school, in front of everyone–and never ever did. Learning to value loyalty above much else.

Hair inspired by Jon Cryer, pearls by Annie Potts.
Pretty in Pink era, ooooobviously.

16 Attempting my drivers test on a stick shift and stalling three times as I parallel parked on a hill. Passing anyway. A first job making Carvel ice cream cakes, and decorating the small ones with too much frosting and half-cherries and almond slivers, but that’s what it took to make the design look like a punk rock guy that someone with a sense of irony eventually bought. Trying to convince my brother he’d look cooler with an earring. Finishing the SATs with a math score I swore couldn’t have really been mine. Scrounging summer invitations to the beach club with the cute lifeguards. You could pay for food just by signing the check. You didn’t even need money! Technology! Amazing!

16 or 17, with my cousins and grandparents. Man, I loved my family. But not the braces.

17 Making myself learn how to type without even looking at the keys because I thought one day I might need it (though I still had no idea why anyone would ever use an @ symbol). The early rejection from the only real college of my choice. The later acceptance to the only real college of my choice. Freedom and independence. Senior Cut Day on the beach. The first pedicure. (Yeah, we waited back then.) Prom in a sequin flapper dress and bright red lipstick. Winning my first ever award that really mattered to me, from my school dance company for choreography. Summer days spent teaching 10 year-old girls to swim and play kickball and dance in the day camp talent show. Summer nights spent with the boyfriend who should have been way nicer. Or with the friends who couldn’t have been more perfect. Making up the Vogue dance in a friend’s basement long before Madonna, though no one ever believes us. Renting Eraserhead and A Clockwork Orange and thinking ourselves very, very alternative. Packing for college and watching my mother move out with her boyfriend the same day. The braces coming off. The retainer I never used once.

18 Experimenting. A lot. Figuring out college. Figuring out my relationship with my parents. Figuring out that the high school boyfriend was long gone, probably even before I was. Figuring out who I wanted to be when I grew up. Figuring out whether I really was grown-up and what that even meant. Figuring out how many foods one could cook in an illegal crockpot on a dorm room desk. Figuring out that I could eat sugar cereals every single day for breakfast and no one could do anything about it. Figuring out why I put on ten pounds so easily before the holiday break. Figuring out that the art major, the one with the pouty lips and cascading hair would never like me as much as he liked Wendy. Figuring out that I didn’t have a home anymore unless it was one I was making myself. Figuring out that surviving mean girl summer roommates took strength, friendship, and a little more vengeance than I’m proud of. Sorry about all those dishes of yours I threw away, Sylvia and Alex. They must have broken or something.

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With my mother at 19. She still carries these in her wallet. A mother’s mind can freeze her children in time, no matter how old they get. Maybe I’m still this age to her in a way.

19 Moving in with the boyfriend, the drummer, the one with the long hair and New England accent and the roommate who I was sure was on Steroids. Dying my hair jet black and shaving the sides. Starting to accept a new stepfather (kind of). Carrying a terrible fake ID that was only good enough to get me into the bar with a wink from the bouncer. Committing deeply to a career as a copywriter and knowing it would make my dad proud. Sitting in the first row of my advertising classes and reading three chapters ahead in every textbook. Falling in love with social sciences and the study of people. Wearing black plastic hoop earrings that touched my shoulders. Dancing on the speakers in the clubs to the Cult and Big Audio Dynamite, like I’d be nineteen forever. Looking forward to my brother visiting me in college before he headed off himself. Learning the concept of networking. Gunning for an internship that should have been for students a year older–and getting it. Wondering if it was time for grown-up hair and fearing it terribly. Taking off the Doc Martens and trying on a a navy suit and power bow for a hostess job at a restaurant–then bursting into tears in front of the mirror at Ann Taylor. Seeing the beginnings of my life ahead of me. Seeing myself start to become the woman I would be, if only the teeniest little bit at at time. Liking what I was seeing.

If only the teeniest little bit at a time.

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This memory of 19, and the tween years preceding it, is inspired by Shot@Life, an initiative of the United Nations Foundation which helps get vaccines to kids as a cost-effective way to save lives. Thousands of lives. Every single comment here and on the other Blogust posts about moments that matter, year to year, means one vaccine will be donated so please leave one! Whatever it is you write, no matter how heartfelt or how short and sweet, you’ll have saved a life. Find the other posts and follow the feed on Twitter with #blogust.

And: huge news. Announcing today and beginning September 3 through October 14 (whoo!) Walgreens starts their “Give a Shot. Get a Shot.” campaign. Go there for your flu shot, and they will donate one vaccine to the campaign. Walgreens has committed $500,000 to donate up to 3 million vaccines for those kids who need them most (the pharmacy will have all the details). Because one child dies every 20 seconds from a vaccine-preventable disease and we all know that’s way way too many. Thanks Walgreens, 500,000 times over. You’re doing good.

415 shards of brilliance… read them below or add one

Jennier Glenwhich August 19, 2013 at 9:02 am

Lovely post. Great memories. Thanks for sharing.

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paola degli esposti August 19, 2013 at 11:29 am

amazing anecdotes,thank you for sharing. Vaccines are important for development of a poor country.

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Shelly Kramer August 19, 2013 at 9:14 am

Pure awesomeness. The very best kind.

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Chrysula August 19, 2013 at 9:15 am

Oh the memories. You capture them perfectly. So many are similar and yet not. But those first inklings of knowing in your own self that you’re going to turn around alright. 18/19 was that time for me too. And what a phenomenal feeling it is! Fantastic post. Thank you for being a part of this incredible project and in many ways, being its muse. xo

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 9:22 am

Thank you for having me Chrysula! I’m so honored to be a part.

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Chrysula August 19, 2013 at 9:39 am

Also, the maxi-pad? Not just me then!!!! Awesome!

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Susan August 19, 2013 at 9:16 am

Fun post, thanks for supporting vaccines.

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Kate E August 19, 2013 at 9:18 am

Great post. Love the snapshots of who you were each year, so fun.

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Paul S. Gumbinner August 19, 2013 at 9:19 am

My goodness, finding out all kinds of things I never knew.

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Korinthia August 19, 2013 at 9:23 am

This post was adorable up and down, and one I’m sure your own kids will be thrilled to come across one day.

Thanks for providing such an easy way to further an important cause.

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Becca August 19, 2013 at 9:30 am

What an important cause, thanks for supporting it. And the news about Walgreens, too.

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Ashley August 19, 2013 at 9:34 am

Loved the post! Is it bad that I don’t have nearly as good a memory as you do? What am I going to tell my daughter about my childhood if I can’t remember most of it!?

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Clay Nichols August 19, 2013 at 9:36 am

Great memories. Wonderful post. Fantastic cause.

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Suebob August 19, 2013 at 9:36 am

Thanks for taking me on the journey with you in this post.

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Bryahnn August 19, 2013 at 9:37 am

At 19, I learned how to eat. No, literally. I broke the chains of the eating disorder that I didn’t know I had and ate enough food to walk the streets of London without fainting, the first time I had eaten that much in my life. At 19, I resolved to stop lying to make other people feel better at the expense of myself and my own soul. At 19, I learned myself.

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Elke Govertsen August 19, 2013 at 9:38 am

This is rad. All around.
Elke
Publisher Mamalode

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Craig Brockman August 19, 2013 at 9:39 am

GREAT post – and I remember you through some of those (and loved seeing the pictures). Oh the things we could tell our younger selves…

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Angela August 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

Thanks for sharing lovely memories!

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Christine Koh August 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

RIDICULOUSLY AWESOME. I love you, Liz.

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Beth August 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

Such an awesome trip down memory lane. Amazing how familiar it all sounds. Thanks for the nostalgia on a dreary Monday morning. :-)

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Tyler August 19, 2013 at 9:43 am

Thanks for sharing!

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Jeannine August 19, 2013 at 9:45 am

SO LOVE THIS POST! xoxo

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Sally August 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Me, too!

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willikat August 19, 2013 at 9:45 am

I absolutely love this post. And what it will do for kids around the world. Thanks for both.

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Liz August 19, 2013 at 9:46 am

I was therrrrre! You forgot to write about the time Chris put the fish eggs in my glove though, because that was important. xo

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 9:47 am

Oh God, I could have written forty pages on 17 alone Liz!

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Scala August 19, 2013 at 9:47 am

Great post, wonderful memories– thanks so much for sharing!

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Rachel August 19, 2013 at 9:51 am

Very sweet. I was young once too.

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Kelley August 19, 2013 at 9:52 am

You’re pretty in pink, in braces, in black, in short hair, in glasses, in pearls, in gold chokers.
Love this. Thanks for sharing!

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Janet August 19, 2013 at 9:52 am

I especially love the pictures – what a hoot! Thanks for sharing – and for helping with the vaccines!

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 9:54 am

Thanks for contributing the Duckie pearl picture Janet!

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sashalyn August 19, 2013 at 9:55 am

This post is rad, dude. I love (and often relate to) your confessions, and the side-by-side pics of you & T- wow. Beautiful, the both of you.

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shokufeh August 19, 2013 at 9:56 am

Different details, some similarities. I love that my kid is getting to the age that I can remember in my own life. Which I’m suddenly realizing puts some extra pressure on me, since he will presumably remember these days for years to come.

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Ami August 19, 2013 at 9:58 am

Whoa. I should make my own list like this, for my daughter to read some day.

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Sarah August 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

Thanks so much for sharing! =)

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Karen August 19, 2013 at 10:13 am

Thank you for sharing

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J August 19, 2013 at 10:14 am

It was fun to walk down memory lane with you. :) Do you know what kind of vaccinations are being donated? Various kinds, or one specific kind? What an interesting project.

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

Thanks J. And good question.

Measles and polio vaccines will be donated to children in developing countries directly through UNICEF and WHO.

More from the faq page:

Walgreens and the United Nations Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign are partnering to send 50,000 polio and measles vaccines to children who need them the most in developing countries. Polio vaccines cost on average $0.13 and measles vaccines cost on average $0.23, with an additional $0.70 per vaccine for delivery costs (refrigeration, health worker education, transportation, proper disposal of waste, etc.).

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Dorf's Daughter August 19, 2013 at 10:15 am

Amazing memory, Liz, but that’s why you are-and always were-a writer. As a mother, the hardest hardest part is biting your lip and refusing to say, “One day you’ll learn ,” as often as you wanted. In fact, I have a permanent scar on the inside of my right cheek where I bit it for 6 years!

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 10:27 am

I might have to steal that line!

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Susan August 19, 2013 at 10:17 am

Great post and even greater cause!!!

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Thomas Ronan August 19, 2013 at 10:19 am

Great stories, and one thing children always leave behind are the memories of them.

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Julie Marsh August 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

I still kind of want to dress like that and dance like that again. Oh, and play Spin the Bottle. Even more though, I want more kids to have the opportunity to make memories like these.

I’m so glad to be part of Shot@Life with you!

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zchamu August 19, 2013 at 10:23 am

I wish I could comment on this post a quazillion times. For the vaccines AND the hair.

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jimmibo August 19, 2013 at 10:24 am

You leave little to the imagination.

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 10:27 am

Thanks for saving a life with your comment, Jim.

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Jessica August 19, 2013 at 10:25 am

This brought back some memories, most made me smile. Thanks for sharing.

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Fer August 19, 2013 at 10:26 am

Oh, the picture of you and the picture of Thalia really got me…

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Laurie Chinnici August 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

Enjoyed your journey!
And hoping you help a lot of kids as well!

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Lisa Davis August 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

Fun and brought back memories of bad hair, braces, and 80′s movies!

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Emily McKhann August 19, 2013 at 10:28 am

Liz, good thing for all of us you knew you wanted to be a writer – and stayed with it! You have got the chops, girl, and this post is CRAZY GOOD.

How much would we all love to see the ad slogans that nearly got you elected to student council as a freshman?!

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 10:37 am

Another post I think…
and yeah, they were bad.

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Katherine Stone (@postpartumprog) August 19, 2013 at 10:30 am

Love it. The pictures are fab. I see we both shared braces and big hair! Thanks for being the inspiration for Shot@Life – it must blow your mind to know that because of your words you have saved thousands and thousands of children’s lives. So amazing — what a legacy.

~ K

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 10:36 am

I remain in denial. I think what YOU and everyone else does is what’s saving lives. Thanks for participating Katherine, and all the support and shares.

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Alison C August 19, 2013 at 10:32 am

Great post!

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Holly August 19, 2013 at 10:36 am

Wow, what a post. You took me back to a time that seems ancient..and wonderful. I also had the same hair at 16 – oy vey! Thank you for this wonderful cause you are supporting, as always.

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Lynn J August 19, 2013 at 10:36 am

What a great post! It brought tears to my eyes because it revived so many memories that I had inside and haven’t thought of for awhile! Thank you so much for that and for helping to save lives through the vaccines.
You’re a beautiful person, inside & out!
God bless!

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kristine August 19, 2013 at 10:36 am

brilliant. so grateful to have found you. keep up the good work !

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Steve Mallinson August 19, 2013 at 10:39 am

I can see myself in those posts, substituting the gender roles. The photo of you and your daughter at the same age is uncanny.

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Betsy August 19, 2013 at 10:41 am

“Loving Kate Bush.” Loving that you loved Kate Bush. Great, thought provoking, post.

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Abby B. August 19, 2013 at 10:47 am

Great cause!! Thanks for the chance to help.

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krisitne August 19, 2013 at 10:47 am

lovely. oh to re-live the past knowing what we know now. grateful I don’t have to. thank you…keep up the good work

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Ruthy @ Omeletta August 19, 2013 at 10:51 am

Beautiful, beautiful post- and I llooovveed the Sally Freedman shout-out! It was my fave Judy Blume till I was old enough to really “get” Tiger Eyes :)

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WSW August 19, 2013 at 10:51 am

Love it! Thanks for being a part of this.

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Ryan August 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

Sometimes I wish I had a vaccine for the years 11-14. Just something preventative for the whole era.

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Nick August 19, 2013 at 10:55 am

I joined the navy at 19 and traveled the world. Some brushes with the end of the Vietnam war aside, it was an incredible year of my life. In Australia there is a famous (to us) song about 19 year old men headed to that horrible war. You might find it poignant considering your post. It’s called “I was only 19″. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Urtiyp-G6jY

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

Thank you Nick!

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magpie August 19, 2013 at 10:57 am

wow. such a flashback. and i totally need a copy of Are You There God It’s Me Margaret in my house right this minute.

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Andrea August 19, 2013 at 10:58 am

Thanks for sharing!

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Luiza August 19, 2013 at 11:00 am

Such a nice article! I am 19 now and it made me feel really emotional thinking about all the years that passed.

Great innitiave by the way, hope you get thousands of comments!

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Angi August 19, 2013 at 11:01 am

Reading this and realizing how close to growing up my own 10 year old daughter is. In the blink of an eye, she’ll be off to college. Whoa…

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Liza August 19, 2013 at 11:03 am

Brilliant and hilarious. I love your writing.

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rick August 19, 2013 at 11:05 am

Never “knew” that about green m&m’s – might have changed my whole path?

Nicely written!

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Kate K August 19, 2013 at 11:05 am

Love this post – and the pictures! You are brave to post so many~

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Howard August 19, 2013 at 11:06 am

Awesome, awesome, awesome!!

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Candice August 19, 2013 at 11:09 am

Maxipad Mum :-)

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Mary Moritz August 19, 2013 at 11:09 am

You’re the first person I heard also admit to sharing the wrong-side-of-the-maxi-pad experience. lol My friends looked at me like I’d gone mad.

I want to share this blog with everyone. What a wonderful way to save children. Thanks.

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Sisters!

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Gabriela August 19, 2013 at 11:10 am

I salute this wonderful initiative!
I enjoyed reading the blog as well….
Thanks for what you’re doing….

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Gabriele Mayes August 19, 2013 at 11:13 am

wonderful

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Kim August 19, 2013 at 11:13 am

Loved the trip down memory lane!

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Monica T. August 19, 2013 at 11:14 am

Thanks for sharing!

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Melanie August 19, 2013 at 11:15 am

Fitting that today I’m getting my last installment of the HPV vaccine today. Here’s a comment for all the children who aren’t as fortunate as we are to have access to these life-saving vaccines.

These are all beautiful memories, Liz. Thanks for sharing and for making me feel a little bit better about growing up.

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Nili Majumder August 19, 2013 at 11:19 am

Thanks for sharing Great memories. Also thanks for sharing beautiful photographs.

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Garth Moore August 19, 2013 at 11:25 am

I have a 12-year old daughter, good lessons for me here. Thanks for the post and thanks for supporting Shot@Life.

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Chiara August 19, 2013 at 11:26 am

Thank you for your story.

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Traci Ford (@GSand1804) August 19, 2013 at 11:30 am

Great works! Keep up demonstrating man’s humanity to man!

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Kim August 19, 2013 at 11:30 am

Very nostalgic…very close to the heart.

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osman August 19, 2013 at 11:31 am

hi

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Patricia La Brie August 19, 2013 at 11:32 am

Thanks for lending a post!

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Tonya August 19, 2013 at 11:34 am

Thank you for sharing.

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Morra August 19, 2013 at 11:34 am

Oh. My. God. The hair. Judy Blume. Maxi pads.
So glad those days are over for us (our hair is better now) but I loved reading it!

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Cara August 19, 2013 at 11:35 am

I just had my second daughter (she’s 13 days old), and thinking of being able to remember stuff I did at her age when she turns that age is more mind-boggling than my sleep-deprived state can handle. love it.

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Anna August 19, 2013 at 11:36 am

Absolutely in love with this cause! Thank you .

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Jessica Peace-Urgelles August 19, 2013 at 11:38 am

Glad I wasn’t the only one who moved in with a boyfriend at nineteen ;)

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steve shilstone August 19, 2013 at 11:40 am

You have the gift of word writing.

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Jamie August 19, 2013 at 11:41 am

Thank you for sharing!

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whatpalebluedot August 19, 2013 at 11:42 am

Thanks for participating!

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Pam Andersson August 19, 2013 at 11:43 am

A great response to a great meme, and something to show your daughters when they are 19.

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David August 19, 2013 at 11:43 am

What excellent detailed memories, physical details that convey so much emotion.

Also, you had the best 80s haircuts.

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REK981 August 19, 2013 at 11:43 am

Love it! Thank you for supporting Blogust and vaccines!

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Lindsay // Shop Ella Lou August 19, 2013 at 11:44 am

An incredible post for an awesome cause! What I would do to go back to those awkward tween/teen years and relive them all over again. Everything seemed so serious and monumental then. And, while each experience was life-shaping in its own way, all of the drama and challenges passed as quickly as they arrived, life went on, we grew up and new challenges and life lessons continue to present themselves. Life is an incredible journey and I count my blessings everyday that I was able to worry about boys, and prom, and pedicures, not basic survival as many of the Shot@life beneficiaries are. Thank you for participating in this incredible cause!

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Melissa August 19, 2013 at 11:49 am

Love the walk through your memories–some feel very familiar. Thanks for supporting more vaccines!

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Missus Wookie August 19, 2013 at 11:52 am

Ah yes, 80s perms and those overalls – I remembered and laughed along with you. Hoping that you like what you see most of the time now :)

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Jon Armstrong August 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Epic post!

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Lisa August 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

I think I was your sister back then. We definitely had the same hair. Oh, and I’m sorry I took all the boobs. I didn’t share well back then!

Thanks for the memories!

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Celia August 19, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Wonderful! Thanks for sharing, and to Walgreens, for donating:)

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Asha Dornfest {Parent Hacks} August 19, 2013 at 12:01 pm

In some ways I feel like we’ve grown up together, but this post makes me REALLY feel that way. The details are different (and you were so much bolder than I was at those ages) but the feelings…wow, I haven’t thought of them like this till now. Thank you for this (and thank you to Shot@Life).

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Layla August 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm

#17 changed a lot for me in how efficient I was able to work in school and jobs. Sometimes it’s the little things that make the biggest difference — like this post! :)

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kim August 19, 2013 at 12:05 pm

Nineteen what a time. Sometimes I still feel nineteen, then I realize I have a nineteen year old daughter and I am brought back to reality.

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l. Butera August 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Totally well-edited pars! I kept reading and reading all the way to 19. That’s how it supposed to be right?) The pics are a nice feature. Keep wearing silver jewelry hun!

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Margaret Denn August 19, 2013 at 12:11 pm

Nineteen! My husband came back from overseas. We had lost eighteen months, when we should have been adjusting to each other. The military should never separate young families.

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Sam August 19, 2013 at 12:12 pm

one comment= one vaccine
thanks for sharing your story

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Domizia August 19, 2013 at 12:14 pm

Ah, the Pretty in Pink era…bliss.

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amanda August 19, 2013 at 12:16 pm

I think I know what year you were born LOL

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C August 19, 2013 at 12:18 pm

Beautiful!

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doug August 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm

We remember that girl…….with a very big smile.

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Heather Romero August 19, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Poignant, truthful and relatable memories. Beautifully stated!

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TC August 19, 2013 at 12:23 pm

Yay for vaccines!

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Diane Glasgow August 19, 2013 at 12:24 pm

TFS! Fun to reminisce!
~Diane in TN

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Lysa Hoffman August 19, 2013 at 12:24 pm

I remember you at 12, sitting together in junior high, the other, hateful girls. Glad we made it out (more or less) intact. Beautiful post ♥

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Chloe Jeffreys August 19, 2013 at 12:27 pm

Oh, I definitely thought I’d be 19 forever!

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Melinda August 19, 2013 at 12:28 pm

Ahh, the hairstyles, the movie and book references – a walk down memory lane for me. And also makes me so thankful to be an adult! Lol. thnx for sharing!

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Marilyn August 19, 2013 at 12:29 pm

Great post! Thanks for sharing! I too would love to see those ads you wrote in your campaign. You sound like a delightful woman, and your kids are lucky to have you as their mom.

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Rana DiOrio August 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Liz, you spill yourself onto the page like no other. Thank you for being you, for sharing your wonderfulness with us, and for helping to save lives in the process. I love you, Rane

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Pat August 19, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Good cause! I am 80 and have many memories……just can’t remember them!

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Sonda August 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Love the post! And the reason you are doing it!

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Meg August 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

Marvelous story!

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Kayla G. August 19, 2013 at 12:44 pm

Great post. Thanks for sharing. Let’s get more comments!

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Nicole August 19, 2013 at 12:48 pm

I LOVE the side by side pictures of you and your daughter at age 11!

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Hally August 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm

Wow. I am speechless at this walk through our childhoods. I just want to say I love you! Hal

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Shannon @nwaMotherlode August 19, 2013 at 12:53 pm

Your maxipad story reminded me of my tampon story. #insertionfail

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Fernanda Bottini August 19, 2013 at 12:58 pm

Great stories!!
Love!

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Carol August 19, 2013 at 1:01 pm

Great memories and great cause! Thank you and Walgreen’s!

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Kierstyn August 19, 2013 at 1:10 pm

Thanks for sharing your stories!!

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Phyllis August 19, 2013 at 1:14 pm

You have a great memory or did you keep a diary. Enjoyed your blog.

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Betsy Cadel August 19, 2013 at 1:15 pm

My memories of you starting in 1986 are indelible and part of my “grown up DNA.” Besides sharing horrible road trips to Wooster to support our boyfriends and working together to launch our careers, you always did and still do inspire me. I knew I was lucky to have had you as a friend and partner then–I’m glad to still call you a friend today.

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Karen August 19, 2013 at 1:20 pm

Ahh, braces. I got them on in 7th, they took the top ones off in 8th because I didn’t have enough permanent teeth to straighten, put them back on in my junior year in HS and I had to beg and plead my orthodontist to take them off the week before I graduated from high school.

They were on my bottom teeth that entire time. SIX YEARS. I think I wrote really bad poetry about the agony of them.

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Delores Van Horn August 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

What a message! And the memories and insight – more than I can remember of that point in time – other than always wishing I could do more and be more adventuresome.

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Sheila August 19, 2013 at 1:25 pm

Great story…brought back bad hair memories…

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Are you calling my hair “bad,” Sheila. Hm. I’m shocked.

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Gemma Jeva August 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Thanks for sharing your teens! Love your post and I was fond of Cesare Pavese (I met him just at nineteen). A big heartfelt hug!

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Amber August 19, 2013 at 1:30 pm

Thank you!

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Caleb August 19, 2013 at 1:33 pm

Love this post! Given the Big Audio Dynamite reference, I think a BAD II lyric fits perfectly here: “If I had my time again, I would do it all the same…” (And yes, I still listen to that album.)

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Paula Kiger August 19, 2013 at 1:34 pm

AWESOME post! Holy Moly it brought back memories!

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Ana August 19, 2013 at 1:35 pm

Amazing to read all that backstory. and THANK YOU for reminding me about Sally J Freedman—I remember bits and pieces of the book but completely forgot the title (and you’re right, its never mentioned when Judy Blume comes up).

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Eliane Lima August 19, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Thanks for supporting vaccines.

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Anna Lucas August 19, 2013 at 1:37 pm

Wonderful post! I support this cause!

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Allisone August 19, 2013 at 1:39 pm

Yay for vaccines.
Boo for braces. Yay for straight teeth.
Double boo for braces at age 40.

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Chaz Walter August 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Neat!

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Elissa August 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm

Those tween years are awkward and heartbreaking and I would rather have a newborn for a year than relieve those days!

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amanda August 19, 2013 at 1:46 pm

great cause

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Sherry Carr-Smith August 19, 2013 at 1:54 pm

More proof that you are not born with the knowledge of maxi-pad use.

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Heather August 19, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Thanks so much for a walk down memory lane….

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Rachel August 19, 2013 at 1:59 pm

Great post and great cause. thanks.

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Tanya August 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm

You guys look so much alike!! What fun memories.

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S August 19, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Wow, totally radical memories! (Oh my gosh, I’m embarrassed that I type that.)

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Caryn/The Mid Life Guru August 19, 2013 at 2:04 pm

So fun to read your memories. So many of them were shared by all teenage girls–including me.

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Treva August 19, 2013 at 2:09 pm

Vaccines FTW!

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Liz Keough August 19, 2013 at 2:10 pm

great post – the photos definitely bring back memories.

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Christie August 19, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Fantastic post! It’s amazing how universal so many of these experiences are.

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Jen August 19, 2013 at 2:13 pm

Great post! I’m a couple years behind you but so much of that resonated with what I remember from that time too!

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Diana Davila August 19, 2013 at 2:14 pm

Good reading for a good cause!

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Mariane August 19, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Great post and great cause. thanks for sharing

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Seana August 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Wonderful evocation of an era. Thank you.

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Rick and family August 19, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Thank you for sharing these heartfelt memories about your life.

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Polly Palumbo August 19, 2013 at 2:19 pm

Thanks for supporting Shot At Life. PS: You do know what you’re doing more than you think!

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TK August 19, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Great post. Enjoyed reading it.

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Ioana August 19, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Thanks for promoting such a good cause!

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Eva August 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Great post!

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Jessica Ashley (Sassafrass) August 19, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Love the photos! xo

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Jeff Bogle August 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I’m kinda freaking out that I know a member of Duran Duran. ;)

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Audrey - Mom Generations August 19, 2013 at 2:26 pm

LOVING the memories!! Great post LIZ! xo

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Kate August 19, 2013 at 2:30 pm

Thanks for sharing your memories.

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Heather August 19, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Love it!

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em August 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Thanks for sharing your story!

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Erika Lehmann August 19, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Growing up is all about adjusting to new realities. You’ve done a lovely job of recounting many of those adjustments.

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maria August 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm

sweet sweet memories…. thank you for sharing it with us

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kate C. August 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

wow. fun memories! Almost makes me not want to let my girls grow up though… it’s hard to be a parent and let go!

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wendy seltzer August 19, 2013 at 2:48 pm

I am here at your mother’s urging (she was my 4th grade teacher–I still obey…)-and love this post. I see myself and my 20-something daughters in your memories–growing pains are universal ! And so should be access to childhood vaccines–great idea.

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Hi Wendy, how nice of you!

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Carol August 19, 2013 at 2:50 pm

What a beautiful, rich sharing of your memories, thank you very much for bringing them into a vivid present!!!!

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Frank August 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm

What a wonderful, thought-provoking post. Some say looking back is scary–but it is one of the healthiest things we can do–especially as parents and–in my case–as a grandparent. So many bumps along the road–yet here we are. Thanks for your wisdom–and for joining with Walgreens and Shot@Life in removing some of the unnecessary bumps in the road for children who need life-saving vaccines.

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scstickley August 19, 2013 at 3:08 pm

This is lovely, thanks for the memories!

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Lucrecer August 19, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Awesome post. I enjoyed reading this.

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Paige August 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Great post!

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William Palmer August 19, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Making a comment for Blogust. Keep the comments coming!

- William

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ccylevin August 19, 2013 at 3:18 pm

hilarious! thank you!!!

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Melissa August 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Wonderful article- funny, poignant and well-written. Thanks for sharing!

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Lynette August 19, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Totally agree on the Sally J Freedman book. I think I still have that copy of mine somewhere! So, did you not go through the neon-colored clothes of the 80′s phase like those of us in the Midwest did? Oh, and your mom looks like she could be your sister in those photos.

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Richard August 19, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Bravo!

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Tamara August 19, 2013 at 3:27 pm

I also wonder what my boys will remember most… and hope that they don’t give me heart attack in the process! Which, truthfully, based on what my parents went through with me, I really have coming!

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katka August 19, 2013 at 3:31 pm

Wow, this reminded me of so many things from my own life…

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Cynthia Samuels August 19, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Oh Liz! This is just lovely. I was years ahead of you but it all sounds so familiar. Rendered with such warmth. OH and the photos may be embarrassing but they’re also darling. I just wish there were one of the pink sequins and red lipstick!

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Black sequins and red lipstick. Of course. And it’s on my Facebook page. (eep)

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Crea Nolan August 19, 2013 at 3:38 pm

Great to have all those photos – they will be worth something some day – so hold on to them!!! The memories and stories are also so important, your children will compare themselves to you and they may even be jealous!

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Marsha B August 19, 2013 at 3:46 pm

I was always doing everything wrong! I can relate.

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Marjorie August 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Loved the post! As always, insightful, touching and funny.

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katie August 19, 2013 at 3:49 pm

so inspiring!

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Sherri Ingrey August 19, 2013 at 3:56 pm

I share some of these memories- bittersweet and lovely

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Shannon Des Roches Rosa August 19, 2013 at 4:02 pm

I had the same hair – and braces – during the same Pretty in Pink era. Yup.

Thanks for sharing the love & the awkwardness (and your doppleganger daughter) with us, for such a great cause.

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Kristen August 19, 2013 at 4:08 pm

You don’t look a day over 19.

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Connie Flores August 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm

That was a fun look back ! Thanks.

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sharon August 19, 2013 at 4:10 pm

what a fun walk down memory lane! I too often wonder what my kiddos will remember and what will just be a blip on their radar. My son started kindergarten this week and I vividly remember kindergarten and everything after, will he?

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Stephanie August 19, 2013 at 4:11 pm

Wow! I’ll have to do this for myself and my kids. Nice job.

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Annie August 19, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Great post. So many memories came back to me reading it. Thanks for doing this. Vaccines are important.

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Julie August 19, 2013 at 4:17 pm

love!

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Connie August 19, 2013 at 4:27 pm

I’m older than you by probably 20 years but the memories are universal!

Thanks for sharing the wonderfully written moments.

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MC August 19, 2013 at 4:28 pm

What a great post!!! Thank you for sharing!

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Liz Ditz August 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm

Thanks for this lovely walk back through time. I should do the same soon.

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Liz Ditz August 19, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Pressed submit too soon. Thanks also for supporting Shot@life!

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Gwen August 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm

I see that we practically had the same haircut for a while. :)

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 6:03 pm

My apologies.

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Margo August 19, 2013 at 4:48 pm

Sending a note of thanks for this inspiring post. So fun to think back on the memories that seemed so little at the time but are such a big part of who we are. I found a note written at age 12 and stuffed in a teddy bear for my ‘older self’ to find. Amazingly I had forgotten it was there! Fun to read and remember what mattered so much at the time. Thanks as well for your support of Shot@Life – it’s a great program doing great work!

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Triplezmom August 19, 2013 at 4:53 pm

What a fun post. I loooovved Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself, even more than Margaret.

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Anna August 19, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Great memories! Thanks for sharing. This is motivation for some interesting conversation with my nine year old.

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Isabel Kallman August 19, 2013 at 5:03 pm

Such wonderful moments! Such a wonderful campaign!

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pingram August 19, 2013 at 5:06 pm

Well said – you certainly have a way with words.

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Nicole August 19, 2013 at 5:07 pm

Great read! Thanks for sharing your sweet memories! :)

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Sarah August 19, 2013 at 5:11 pm

Thank you!

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Amanda August 19, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Thalia looks just like you :)

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 6:02 pm

High praise, thanks Amanda!

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Melanie Jones August 19, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Great time line filled with endearing benchmarks of your life. Thanks for sharing a part of your journey. Sending a gratitude shout out to your for using voice to touch lives, make a difference.
Melanie Jones

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Emily August 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm

You’ve really captured a good bit of my own reality here. Thanks for being brave enough to share, especially your photos. Mine are…well, I would have burned them if my mother hadn’t hidden an entire period of my life on printed paper from me. And thank you for supporting Shot@Life!!

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RonnieBMWK August 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm

thank you for this walk down memory lane….I was thinking about my own experiences as I read this! Thanks for lending your voice to this great cause!

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trix August 19, 2013 at 6:21 pm

thanks

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Missionista August 19, 2013 at 6:26 pm

What a fun reminiscence! Thanks for posting, and I hope you get lots of comments.

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rebecca August 19, 2013 at 6:27 pm

Memories! Love the old photos!

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Pat in Belgium August 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Thanks for the memories!

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~j. August 19, 2013 at 6:31 pm

KEEP GOING. I want to know all your memories. #NotCreepy

Thank you for being involved with Shot@Life!

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm

#notcreepyatall

psst…I have archives.

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Karen P August 19, 2013 at 6:34 pm

Lovely post. My (older) sister put a tampon in with the cardboard still on, and wondered why it was so uncomfortable.

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Music August 19, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Thanks for sharing these great memories!

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Bobbiejo August 19, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Thanks for being so open and honest with your memories. It made me think of all my own over the years. It is interesting what we remember the most or do not remember so well.

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Kace August 19, 2013 at 7:05 pm

I was actually just thinking earlier in the weekend how grateful I was for the evolution of the maxi-pad from the ones I endured during my teenage years and this post reminded me why!

Keep up the good work–I love the introspection your blogposts plant in my head. :)

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Diana August 19, 2013 at 7:12 pm

Thank you for writing this story and for participating in the Blogust Shot@Life campaign!! I enjoy your writing!

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Myrdin Thompson August 19, 2013 at 7:16 pm

The other day my 12 year old said “it’s so weird that you had a life before all of us” oh kid, you have no idea how weird it was. Thanks for supporting Shot@Life and other families!

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Wow, what an observation!

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Danielle August 19, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Loved! Makes me reminisce and ponder my own big hair, poor fashion and amazing memories.

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Ann Turner August 19, 2013 at 7:22 pm

Every shot could be a life saver.

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Lyssa August 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm

You rock mom! Thanks for commenting!

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Lyssa Sahadevan August 19, 2013 at 7:29 pm

Thank you for this walk down memory lane!

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Lyssa August 19, 2013 at 7:30 pm

Favorite quote and I’m hanging in my classroom! We don’t remember days, we remember moments. -Cesare Pavese

Thank you for sharing!

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keiti August 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Sweet memories… Great post! Thanks for sharing

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Terri Turner August 19, 2013 at 7:38 pm

Loved your pics!
Thanks for supporting shot@life!

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tara nyanga August 19, 2013 at 7:43 pm

related to so much of this……

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Mufriana Nurnazmia August 19, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Cannot even be explained, what a great memories!!! thanks for sharing!

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Kim August 19, 2013 at 7:52 pm

Thanks for the memories-they remind me of my own in a way.

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Sean August 19, 2013 at 7:57 pm

Thanks for sharing!

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Jennifer August 19, 2013 at 8:04 pm

I love that you can remember all that stuff. Thanks for sharing.

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Tsidkenu Audu August 19, 2013 at 8:08 pm

Great memories, great pictures kept.. wow so lovely and interesting.

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Mufriana Nurnazmia August 19, 2013 at 8:14 pm

Cannot even be explained, what a great memories!!!! thanks for sharing!

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My Kids Mom August 19, 2013 at 8:41 pm

Thalia looks so so much like you!

Those were good years (I share many of those memories) but I wouldn’t do them again!

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Felisa Hilbert August 19, 2013 at 8:46 pm

Thank for making me remember some wonderful milestones in my live and in my children lives. more important THANK YOU for supporting Shot@Life!

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merrie August 19, 2013 at 9:01 pm

This made me smile. Thx for supporting Shot@Life!

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bob August 19, 2013 at 9:12 pm

YES, we remember moments, not days. And your memories stir others’ memories. Thanks.

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Tricia August 19, 2013 at 9:14 pm

I loved Judy Blume when I was a girl.

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Cathy August 19, 2013 at 9:17 pm

Great trip back to the days…thanks!

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cheryl August 19, 2013 at 9:21 pm

Nice job. funny the memories we create.

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Tabatha August 19, 2013 at 9:29 pm

Awesome photos, and great memories. Yay for saving and prolonging lives!

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Julie August 19, 2013 at 9:32 pm

Makes me wish I had written down memories to share with my girls

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Paloma August 19, 2013 at 9:43 pm

I’m gald UN does this kinds of things. Hopefully more children will be vaccinated :)

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Me too Paloma, thank you.

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Elizabeth Griesser August 19, 2013 at 9:54 pm

thanks for sharing.

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TJ August 19, 2013 at 9:59 pm

I was LOL-ing at some things, and some things just melted my heart. Great post!

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Anu August 19, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Love your blog and all your initiatives!

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Bridget August 19, 2013 at 10:02 pm

Thanks for for the trip down memory lane and for the vaccination effort!

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Nikki August 19, 2013 at 10:28 pm

Thanks for all that you do. Happy to help however I can.

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Veramur August 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Great blog. Thanks for sharing.

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Kylie August 19, 2013 at 10:43 pm

Great post for a great cause!

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gardenchld August 19, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Brought back lots of memories…thanks.

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Melanie August 19, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Yay for vaccines! And an interesting autobiography.

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Emily August 19, 2013 at 11:27 pm

This might be my most favorite post so far. Love it!

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Mom101 August 19, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Thank you so much Emily.

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Jessica August 19, 2013 at 11:45 pm

Thanks.

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Adrian August 19, 2013 at 11:49 pm

Thanks for reminding me of all these fun things from when I was growing up. We must be close to the same age because I recognized every single reference.

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Don Wilkerson August 20, 2013 at 12:02 am

Liz,
Enjoyed reading your post. Creative.

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Chris August 20, 2013 at 12:03 am

Well done for supporting such a great cause, and for sharing your stories!

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Jill August 20, 2013 at 12:09 am

Wow, what an amazing memory you have–or a really good diary! This brought back so many memories of what it really felt like to be those ages. Thank you for this beautiful post–my absolute favorite!

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Kendra August 20, 2013 at 1:03 am

Beautiful memories! Thanks for sharing, and hosting the vaccine drive-thingie.

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Diana August 20, 2013 at 1:11 am

This was lovely to read – and fun to remember. Those days stay with us, for better or worse, and I agree, it’s nice to share the “I remember when”s with your kids. Makes the good times golden and the bad times educational.

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EllenFitz August 20, 2013 at 1:49 am

Absolute perfection!

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Emmanuelle Fournier August 20, 2013 at 3:01 am

I enjoyed reading your lovely story. Thanks for sharing.

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Sarah August 20, 2013 at 4:33 am

Thanks for giving a child a Shot at Life!
Sarah

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Paula August 20, 2013 at 4:46 am

Thanks for such a sweet, funny post and for enabling support for the vaccine initiative.

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Sakura August 20, 2013 at 5:15 am

Scott Baio. Hahahahaha!

Great post.

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ASHISH SHRIVASTAVA August 20, 2013 at 5:21 am

Ref- Hey 19,A post to save life,society&communities should develop
social culture for education/play/freedom/dignity for adult -childhood
to overcome life growing complex conditions.Street children &under nutrition conditions are vulnerable to diseases&exploitation.Juvenile rights should be addressed by communities for prevention of juvenile
ant-social practices.

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Susanna August 20, 2013 at 5:55 am

Totally enjoyed your throwback pictures. A lot of your memories remind me of my own childhood and teen years. Also, I love this promotion of providing vaccines. Wonderful cause! Take care.

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Elizabeth Atalay August 20, 2013 at 6:20 am

I LOVE this post, maybe because we must be the same age and so many of the memories resonate from that time period, (Judy Blume, Frye boots, metallic turquoise) plus you are adorable in the photos and very brave to pull out the 80′s/ early 90′s hair photos!

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Meaghan August 20, 2013 at 6:50 am

I’m a long time reader but this is my first time commenting. Loved this post. Your writing is so emotive, and you really are an inspiration.

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Christine August 20, 2013 at 8:11 am

I also hardly ever comment on blogs, but I too am a long-time reader who appreciates your perspective tremendously.
In my pre-mom life, I worked for Rotary International, whose members give relentlessly of their time and talents and funds to ensure kids around the world receive polio vaccinations, so its a cause near and dear to me – such an important part of ensuring childhood health around the world. Happy to participate in a small way today!

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Sharon Couto August 20, 2013 at 7:41 am

Oh, the memories. Never locked in there. Bursting to find freedom. Flying like wild migrating geese, with such vision and clarity, into the minds of everyone who reads your beautiful post. You brought me back to MY girls’ coming-of-age, discoveries, angst, perfection. Thank you for sharing and thank you for your great support of Shot@Life so that children everywhere will sit one day and unlock a child turned woman…

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Kim August 20, 2013 at 7:57 am

Thanks for supporting a great cause! Vaccines truly are important.

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Jen August 20, 2013 at 7:58 am

Well done. I’m not sure that I am yet brave or humble enough to post pictures of me with the big bangs.

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Basirat August 20, 2013 at 8:33 am

Oh my goodness! You remind me of myself! You have the most detailed memory of your childhood! Actually I take it back, mine isn’t that detailed. But thanks for sharing.

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Fad August 20, 2013 at 8:34 am

Great post, wonderful memories, thank you for sharing them.

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Neal Johnson August 20, 2013 at 8:50 am

Thanks for posting!

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Shanniel Shakespeare August 20, 2013 at 8:52 am

Ah sweet memories…what would we do without them? I love this!!

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Rebecca August 20, 2013 at 8:54 am

Love this post!!

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Sheryl August 20, 2013 at 9:15 am

Amazing, raw and honest memories. Thanks for sharing!

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Mrs. Q. August 20, 2013 at 9:15 am

:-) So many memories! In the era of blogs and facebook and other ways to record every thought and moment, I wonder what my kids will really remember about their own childhood.

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Mom101 August 20, 2013 at 10:10 am

You know, I think I can remember so much because I wasn’t photographing it or busy writing it down or thinking how to spin it for an Instagram post for my friends; just living it. Something to think about.

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Josette August 20, 2013 at 9:21 am

Great walk down memory lane – and great pictures!

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Irma August 20, 2013 at 9:41 am

It really touched my heart , this made me remember my teenager years and also think of my own children now. Thanks for sharing :)

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Cecilia G August 20, 2013 at 9:59 am

So much to look forward to! ;)

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alison fraser August 20, 2013 at 10:08 am

I can relate to so many of your memories. Judy Blume guided me through my tween and teen years too!

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Lynn J August 20, 2013 at 10:12 am

A great post! Thanks so much for sharing your story. You sound like an incredible Mom with amazing kids! : )

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Aimee V August 20, 2013 at 10:29 am

Love it.

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Auntie Fred August 20, 2013 at 10:54 am

Wonderful memories….how come I remember them almost as well as you????

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Mom101 August 20, 2013 at 3:15 pm

Maybe our memory comes from the maternal side of the family?

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Amye August 20, 2013 at 10:56 am

Sweet.

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JoBeth August 20, 2013 at 11:38 am

sounds like a great cause!

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Imogen Rogers August 20, 2013 at 11:43 am

Hey I really enjoyed your writing it made me laugh and also I can totally relate to being nineteen at a club and thinking it would be that way forever ! it seems that an American gal can have a similar growing up experience to a kiwi/Australian girl who would a thunk it
Why can’t you still be a dancer make your own rules stay 19 some where.
I’m glad you stuck with the writing you are great thanks Imogen

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Dorit Reiss August 20, 2013 at 11:44 am

Thank you for sharing these wonderful memories!

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Mariya August 20, 2013 at 11:54 am

Cool post. Thalia looks so much like you! Who knew that you could pass down the same shoulders!

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Rachel at BacknGrooveMom August 20, 2013 at 12:43 pm

love these memories – makes me want to take a trip down memory lane -

even more so…think of the week I just spent with my 2 year old cousin and how lucky she is to have medical care, so I am commenting.
thanks.

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Trish Sammer Johnston August 20, 2013 at 12:47 pm

I didn’t get to read this whole thing bc it’s a busy day but I wanted to leave a comment.

Here it is:
Sally J. Freedman is the BEST Judy Blume book ever!

Also, I had hoped to run into you at Blogher to say hello in person but it didn’t happen. Maybe next year.

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Mom101 August 20, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Sorry I missed you Trish. Especially now that I know what great taste you have in Judy Blume books.

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Tanis Miller August 20, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Your 19 year old hair is my current 37 year old-too-lazy-to-flat-iron-hair. Love it. Heart you my friend. Great post.

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jonashpdx August 20, 2013 at 1:54 pm

yay for vaccinations!

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Erin August 20, 2013 at 3:03 pm

Great anecdotes. So much is universal!

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Lee August 20, 2013 at 4:35 pm

I’m STILL excited about the fact that I can eat sugar cereals every single day for breakfast and no one can do anything about it.

Thanks for sharing!

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Mom101 August 20, 2013 at 10:48 pm

Me too!

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Mir August 20, 2013 at 5:02 pm

The pictures! Oh, the pictures. You and I had the same eyebrows. ;)

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Rosie B August 20, 2013 at 8:13 pm

What a worthy way to chronicle those memories! Loved reading it and love that vaccines come from these comments.

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Kristen August 20, 2013 at 8:28 pm

That was fun! Makes me want to write a list like that. And makes me think that it’s possible we went to the same high school; or at least graduated the same year!

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Stephanie August 20, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Great post!

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Becca @ Bare Feet on the Dashboard August 20, 2013 at 11:23 pm

I love a blog post that can help others! Also, Judy Blume pretty much shaped my adolescence.

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Melissa August 21, 2013 at 3:46 am

At work I say to people, “when I was your age”…and then I feel so old.

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Melissa August 21, 2013 at 3:46 am

Come on everyone!! Keep commenting.

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Georgina Kouti August 21, 2013 at 5:16 am

Putting all these selective memories of teen years into writing for your daughters to know that they are not alone in the teenage years ahead and this great cause you have set to serve is at least… very considerate if not HUMANE …thank you for letting us know of this cause and the flood of memories that overwhelmed us of an age we have somehow shared…but alas not recorded like you have done…

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Mom101 August 21, 2013 at 7:09 am

WHOO! Thanks Melissa!

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Allison August 21, 2013 at 5:30 am

Sally J. Freidman! How could I have forgotten her?! Thanks for the reminder and for triggering a host of memories and feelings from my own 19. Wonder what my sweet girl will remember?

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Kendra Canty August 21, 2013 at 8:29 am

Love it! Thank you for posting! Hoping to see you at the Social Good Summit next month?

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Susan August 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

Wonderful memories! Thanks for sharing

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Stacey August 21, 2013 at 11:48 am

Great post! Got me thinking about my own childhood and trigging memories and feelings I haven’t thought about in years. teared up a bit at the notion of a mother’s mind freezing their children in time, so true.

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Wendy August 21, 2013 at 12:39 pm

Loved, loved this post and every one of those photos!

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Carrie August 21, 2013 at 1:36 pm

Slam books, roach clips, metallic eyeliner… all that and more! Such fun memories.

Also, vaccines FTW!

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Pam Petty August 21, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Thank you for a wonderful post!

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Andrea August 21, 2013 at 2:23 pm

This is an awesome post. You’ve inspired me to look back over my life and remember all the great times I’ve had. 19 was a great year for me, all the freedom I could ask for and so few responsibilities. It’s a pity we can’t stay like that forever.

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Tamara August 21, 2013 at 4:24 pm

Fun post, thanks for the memories!

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Alyssa August 21, 2013 at 4:35 pm

Great post. It’s so fun to reminisce.

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Gena Biello August 22, 2013 at 12:59 am

Thanks for a fantastic stroll down memory lane. And what an awesome initiative. You’re so inspiring.

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GR August 22, 2013 at 4:14 am

Great post, what cool stories you have to tell.

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Al August 22, 2013 at 11:15 am

great post

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Brittney August 22, 2013 at 11:31 am

I LOVE this post! So many great–and not-so-great-but-still poignant–memories. I also loved Starring Sally J. Freedman as Herself.

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Jenny August 22, 2013 at 3:59 pm

I wonder if my boy with love Judy Blume as much as I did. I do hope so.

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Deb @ Urban Moo Cow August 22, 2013 at 10:46 pm

Awesome! Vaccination “debates” in our country make me irate, esp. when one considers how many people in the world would do anything to get them.

Brava, you. And awesome pics, too. ;-)

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Raquel August 22, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Hope it is not too late to participate and rave about your haircuts over the year. The 80s/90s. Glad to see we all survived them.

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Christina August 23, 2013 at 7:30 am

What a wonderful post!

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Jenelle August 23, 2013 at 9:42 am

Very nice post.

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Liz August 23, 2013 at 10:04 am

Really enjoyed that! You didn’t even have to write so beautifully to get comments because of the good cause aspect, but you did! thanks.

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Amy August 23, 2013 at 12:21 pm

Totally agree with you on the Judy Blume book – that was my fave too. Loved how she signed her letters: Love, and other indoor sports. I did too until my mom saw and tried to explain which I found embarrassing and promptly stopped. :)

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Charissa August 23, 2013 at 1:13 pm

Fun to share

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Valerie August 23, 2013 at 1:18 pm

Great post! Thanks for sharing your fun memories. My favorite was the backwards maxi-pad.

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Susan August 23, 2013 at 1:53 pm

What a great cause! Thanks for sharing.

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Whit August 23, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I remember 19 like it was 23 years ago.

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Mom101 August 24, 2013 at 11:42 am

Whatta memory.

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Kristi August 24, 2013 at 1:04 am

Fabulous post! And an even better cause – thanks!

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Marinka August 24, 2013 at 9:37 pm

Hi. Thanks for doing this.

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Gabi August 25, 2013 at 4:42 am

And this is why we love you

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Claire August 25, 2013 at 9:05 am

I loved being 19! I worked hard, played hard, was doing what I knew I was meant to do. I was a sponge for life. Many years later the spiral of time has brought me back to this, having survived an impossibly crazy situation.

Thanks for this post and pics, for finding a way to help kids get vaccines and having come late to writing, being my inspiration!
Claire

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Amy August 25, 2013 at 8:40 pm

Love your blog and the great cause!

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Sue August 26, 2013 at 10:39 am

Great blog and great photos- don’t be embarrassed- we all have them.
Thanks for supporting Shot @ Life!

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"Just" A Mom August 27, 2013 at 1:37 am

This seems like a good post to comment and let you know I nominated you for a blog award! I realize you’re too big to accept, but I thought I’d let you know anyway. Thanks for the great blog (and for contributing to this campaign)! http://www.happyasjustamom.com/im-shinin/

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Mom101 August 28, 2013 at 8:36 am

That is so sweet Eileen, thank you!

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Sarah August 27, 2013 at 10:02 am

I loved Are You There God It’s Me Margaret! It actually influenced a lot about how I view my choice in religion. Great for kids to read, I hope someday mine pick it up and get a chance to reflect on this topic, along with the others in the book.

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Jann August 27, 2013 at 10:43 am

Wow, this took me back. You’re a little younger than me, but some of the experiences transcend the decades! I have been reading your blog for ages. Love it.

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Nathan August 27, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Really those memories are great! I’m glad to learn you’ve captured all of those memories perfectly. I guess your children’s will be delighted to acknowledge such memories of their mom. Good post!! Thanks for popping up.

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Vanessa August 27, 2013 at 3:27 pm

Love this post!

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Gemma Jeva August 27, 2013 at 6:02 pm

Thanks so much!

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Chris August 28, 2013 at 1:15 am

Another great post!
What a great cause!

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Angela August 28, 2013 at 8:28 am

Just wanted to add a comment for this great cause. Thanks for doing this.

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Lynda @MommyPowers August 28, 2013 at 11:15 am

Thanks for sharing your story! Every child matters!

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Stalking Sarah August 28, 2013 at 2:22 pm

Great post!

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Missy Callero August 29, 2013 at 3:47 am

Beautifully written as usual! I could relate to all of it – haircuts, music and all. And I became a writer, too, and have 2 crazy smart girls as well. I tell them funny stories about growing up, but you have inspired me to write it all down for them. Thank you for all you do.

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Laurie August 29, 2013 at 8:14 am

Lovely memories that many of us can relate to.

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Tracy Chapman August 29, 2013 at 9:47 am

I love the side by side pictures. I am constantly looking at my girls and seeing myself in their actions…both the good ones and the bad! Thanks Liz.

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Anna August 29, 2013 at 10:25 am

You rocked the 80s!

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Mom101 August 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm

With air guitar.

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Dolly Navina Lakra August 29, 2013 at 10:27 am

Lovely !

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MissPinkKate August 29, 2013 at 11:27 am

Vaccines save lives! Thanks for your help!

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Mom101 August 29, 2013 at 3:17 pm

Thank you so much for your comment…all of you. May it all come back to you in great ways.

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Elena August 29, 2013 at 7:05 pm

What wonderful memories! Thank you for being the inspiration to Blogust last year and for participating again with your story.

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Taciana August 29, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Great post to a great cause!

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Nicole Melancon August 29, 2013 at 9:59 pm

Thank you so much for writing this post and supporting Shot@Life! I’ve volunteered on the campaign since the beginning and believe so passionately in the cause.

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Mom101 August 31, 2013 at 8:19 am

Go you! Thanks for everything you’re doing Nicole.

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roni August 30, 2013 at 8:38 pm

Wonderful!

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Steph August 31, 2013 at 3:38 am

Great post. Thanks for supporting Shot@Life

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Rachel August 31, 2013 at 9:12 am

The good old days!

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Lauren August 31, 2013 at 10:44 am

You were way cooler than I was! Thanks for sharing these.

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Kelly August 31, 2013 at 11:10 am

such fun memories! recalling hairstyles is always one of my favorites.

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Cloud August 31, 2013 at 11:10 am

My kids both decided to get shortish haircuts this week- the 6 year old because that’s what she wanted, and the almost 4 year old because she wants to be like her big sister. And I had a flashback to all the crazy things I did with my hair growing up, and had to smile at the craziness that is likely still to come.

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Netta Conerly August 31, 2013 at 11:18 am

Read Judy Blume books for first time when my daughter read them in second or third grade. Love them even at my age. Some of the events in your story parallel my daughters life. Thank You for the memories.

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Jeannette August 31, 2013 at 11:47 am

Loved this post! To think you started it all by reminding us how commenta count. So many children now have a shot at life thanks to you!!! I don’t think you could even imagine that at 19.

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Jeannette August 31, 2013 at 11:52 am

I decided to leave another comment. Why not? Easiest way to help another child get a shot@life :)

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Mom101 August 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm

And I leave one back! Thanks for all your support Jeannette and your own post. You’re amazing and I’m honored to be part of it with you.

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Suzy Soro (@HotComesToDie) August 31, 2013 at 1:10 pm

SLAM BOOKS. I remember reading one where I was roasted over the coals and so, in retaliation, I started my own. Then the kids who started the one where I was decimated cornered me in the bathroom, stole mine and flushed it down the toilet. I DO NOT UNDERSTAND HOW I SURVIVED JUNIOR HIGH.

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Lisa August 31, 2013 at 2:12 pm

Commenting for a cause!

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Judy Blume August 31, 2013 at 6:32 pm

Thanks for this fabulous walk down memory lane.
Love from
Sally J

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Mom101 August 31, 2013 at 7:54 pm

This just made my whole life Judy, thank you so much. Plus you just gave the 402nd child a vaccination. You are as wonderful as ever.

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Ellen S. August 31, 2013 at 9:55 pm

SO much fun to read, I have a lot of the same tween memories—though I blocked a lot out!!! Catching up on Blogust posts I missed while I was on vacation, this was a great one. Cheers, Liz!

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Colleen August 31, 2013 at 10:05 pm

This was a really fun read :] I just wish it was longer!

Here’s a big cheer for Shot@Life!

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Mom101 September 2, 2013 at 8:50 am

Well THAT’s something no one ever says about my posts. Ha.

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Al Denelsbeck August 31, 2013 at 10:25 pm

Good lord, the roach clips with the feathers – I’d almost forgotten them. What a specific period in life.

Thanks for supporting Shot@Life!

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sean ishum August 31, 2013 at 10:56 pm

thanks for sharing your experiences with us

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Pam Petty August 31, 2013 at 11:05 pm

I enjoyed this very much!

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Julie August 31, 2013 at 11:09 pm

Vaccinate then celebrate.

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melissa d from ky September 1, 2013 at 12:13 am

Awesome post.

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Alina September 6, 2013 at 4:46 pm

Here’s to the vaccines!

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Christal September 8, 2013 at 2:18 am

Great trip through memory lane. It inspired me to think back . . . amazing how fast the heartaches faded and the true friends remain friends to this day.

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Christy September 8, 2013 at 7:06 pm

So impressed that you remember so much. Diaries?

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Sharlene September 17, 2013 at 7:23 am

Great post.

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Sharlet September 18, 2013 at 5:41 pm

Fun read!

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