The majority of my high school years were spent on the Gulf Coast of Florida. We lived about 40 minutes north of Clearwater Beach and we spent a lot of time cruising around in my friend Kathy’s Hyundai with the words Phenomenal written across the top of the tinted windshield. There was Kathy, Sandy, myself and sometimes, Nick, Jay, Miley, or Cindy cruising with us. It just depended on who was allowed to go at the time. The music was usually blasting out of Kathy’s suped- up stereo system and speakers. We were just as carefree as any group of teenagers could be having fun cruising the strip with all the other cruisers and their suped-up vehicles.
Sometimes we would all get the day off from our various jobs and be able to actually go to the beach and have fun…playing frisbee or volleyball, swimming in the Gulf and just living the Florida life. It was something that at the time, I sadly took for granted. I thought I’d always be able to do this with my friends…but life marches on and I moved to Ohio to go to college. (And I’m still here 21 years later).
A couple of times we were able to take some mini-vacations, either to Long Boat Key or over to Pensacola and hang out on a “fancier” beach and stay in a nice hotel. It was so much fun and we always had a good time. The trip we took to Long Boat Key was most memorable. Miley, Sandy, Kathy and I drove the two hours south of where we lived to the hotel on that beautiful white sand beach and beautiful blue waters. Four of us girls went and spent time snorkeling in the Gulf and hanging out on the beach, getting dressed up to go out to dinner, and coming back to watch the sun set over the Gulf waters from our hotel balcony. If only we could recapture some of those moments and relish them a little longer.
I think we briefly spoke of doing a reunion trip to Long Boat Key last year, but with me living in Ohio and all of us working, that is easier said than done. And sadly, Miley wouldn’t be able to join us as she’s passed on.
So incase we ever make that reunion a reality. Those three chairs are reserved for us girls…this time old enough to sip a margarita or a pina collada or a glass of wine, while we reminisce and catch up and enjoy some time away. Gosh, that makes me want to start planning it right now!!
So here’s to us “Summer Girls” a bit of a flash back song…but reminiscent of those days gone by…