January 24, 2016. My friend, Terrie, is Fifty today. Happy Birthday, Sweet T! Thank you for being a part of this “project.” Your laughter still fills a room and is so very infectious. Thank you for all the rides to WZAL for my Tuesday radio shows. Thank you for always keeping it real. You are a touchstone. All my love, Pamela.
What did you do within a year of graduating HCHS in 1984? I worked three jobs: A full-time job with Simmons Manufacturing and two part-time jobs at Zack’s Big Buy and Classic Interiors.
Describe your life since graduating high school. What are you doing now? I got married and had two children. I quit work and stayed home with my babies for six years, then went to work in the school system. When my baby was in first grade, I worked hard going back to school and became a teacher. I now teach kindergarten.
What activity brings you great joy? I love camping and spending time with family and friends.
Do you still see any of your friends from high school? Explain. I keep in touch through Facebook and see a few out around town, shopping and such.
How do you feel about turning 50? What does “50” mean to you? As my son once told my mother-in-law when she turned 50, “You’re half dead! (LAUGH OUT LOUD!)” It is a great milestone, and I’m glad I’m here to see my children become parents.
What do you do to maintain your looks? (hair, makeup, skin care, exercise, etc.) I get my hair colored regularly. I only use Cetaphil to cleanse and moisturize my face, and I don’t wear a lot of makeup.
Knowing what you now know, what advice would you give your 18-year old self? I would have gone to college right after I graduated high school, instead of waiting so long.
What guilty pleasures do you allow yourself? I sleep in when I can.
Name a couple teachers who were important to you in your educational years, and why. My second grade teacher, Mrs. York, was so patient and a memorable teacher. Dr. Bob Bomar, my high school political science teacher, taught us to think outside of the box and speak up when you see that something isn’t right.
What does the next decade hold for you? What are your dreams and wishes for this decade? My dreams and wishes are to watch my grandchildren grow up and to see how great my children are as parents. I want to also grow old with my husband, Carl.