Futures away

Michael Branson Smith has done a lovely opeing post for ds106 called High School is Everyone’s Forever Ago and Cheryl Colan has done her own with a brilliant big hair photo.

Their high school days were in the 80’s but mine were in the 70’s, although I still seem to have fairly big hair; )

Here is me in 6th form (my final year) in 1979. now that is forever ago. Who on earth was that girl – all I can remember is that she was fairly opinionated and really wanted to be a writer or a teacher. She went to work in a shop instead and did that for a few years. So it’s funny that now 33 years later I get paid to write about education and learning.

Michael also talks about the difference children make to your life and how the time before children is another Forever Ago. Yes have to agree on this too.

I feel a bit strange today as I realise that my son wont have a high school photo to share when he is my age. He doesn’t go to school. He will have thousands of photos of himself as a young boy – I only have about 4 photos of me as a young girl. He wont have memories of high school years to share. Of course those will be replaced by other memories and mementos of those times. how I wish I could see that – but that is futures away…








By |September 20th, 2011|ds106|8 Comments


  1. Doug Belshaw September 20, 2011 at 8:17 am - Reply

    Nice! I think I’ll wait a few years until I air my teenage photos. I went through that brightly-coloured baggy jumper phase in the nineties… ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

  2. Lou Mcgill September 20, 2011 at 8:26 am - Reply

    come on doug – you know you should share; )

  3. dkernohan September 20, 2011 at 9:07 am - Reply

    I’ve been pondering this too… but I looked pretty much as I do now ๐Ÿ™ However, there is a picture of me in the attic where I look really old…

    • Lou Mcgill September 20, 2011 at 11:32 am - Reply

      thanks dor.. sorry david – always wondered what your secret was; )

  4. Cheryl Colan September 20, 2011 at 12:23 pm - Reply

    I love the photo. And I have to say, I wouldn’t re-live my high school years for anything, I think your son is lucky to be spending that time of his life out of the public school system. I also wanted to be a writer or a teacher. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  6. Michael Branson Smith September 21, 2011 at 1:55 am - Reply

    It is unearthly to look back at our past selves isn’t it? The paths we take to get to where we are now. I’m with Cheryl with the not wanting to re-live my past. Not necessarily because it sucked so badly, but because I wouldn’t want to mess-up anything that could affect my future. My present future. Not that it’s necessarily what I imagined in my youth (shocking I know), but I wouldn’t trade it away. Ever.

    “Futures Away!”

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