Ten years ago I looked like this:
31 years after my mom was crowned Miss Pontotoc, we became the first mother/daughter legacy. It was such a whirlwind experience.
I remember the morning after I won, waking up just to look at the crown to see if it was real. While I was still in bed my mom stood at the bedroom door with her coffee cup in hand and said the following:
"Punkin', I don't want to burst your bubble, but I want to remind you of something...
Thirty years ago, I looked just like you. Thirty years ago, I woke up to look at my crown just like you, but sweetheart I want you to know...in thirty years...you could look like this... "
I remember thinking to myself...yeah right. Let me revisit this topic now, ten years later. Oh dear, those were the good years, a decade has not been so kind to my body, my skin, or my hair. Such is life...fingers crossed the next ten don't take such a toll.
Ten years ago, I stood at the back counter of Chaney's Pharmacy and my sweet friend, Joanne, said, "Hey Fe, check out this new website." I remember her circumnavigating the internet blocker and pulling up The Facebook. She was telling me all about it and I remember thinking it was a fad and not thinking twice about it. I would say I didn't become addicted to The Facebook until grad school and as I worked as a grad assistant at the School of Education we would message one another as we sat in side by side offices, we posted pictures without abandon and I perfected the art of The Facebook stalk. I could ferret out information better than anyone. A decade later I'm off Facebook. I have loved my six weeks without it and I don't see myself going back.
Ten years ago Newk's came to town in Oxford and I remember thinking it was Oxford's best new restaurant. Mr. Brent the owner of Chaney's, had us ordering lunch there three times a week. I'm sure that Newk's helped me on my aforementioned downward spiral of my physique. I once loved their BBQ Chicken Pizza, then I moved on to their famous Newk's Favorite Salad, and now I can't get enough of their pimento and cheese.
2004 was a big year, probably one of my most memorable college years. I remember that the spring semester of that year I took a ridiculous course load and began working out like crazy getting read for the Miss Mississippi Pageant. 2004 was the year of the infamous Super Bowl wardrobe malfunction. That spring break I went on a seven day cruise with my roommate, Mary Gardiner. That summer I had my first and only kidney stone attack. I also was able to celebrate my twenty first birthday in New York City with my roommates, Roxie and Mary Gardiner. That fall Cullen and I were introduced and went out for the first time, and now I can say, the rest is history.
I hope 2014 holds as much happiness and as many memorable moments, and that the coming decade will be just as educational as the last.