7up girls.

February 17, 2011

I used to call myself a 7up girl (hence the name 7upkels) - and I usually forget about those days until someone brings it up. Whenever they do, mind you, the 7up girls are usually an easy target for a joke (and I have to admit, I understand why) but back when the 7up girls were in full swing, I was most definitely a part of it.

And we made notebooks.

That's all you really need to know, because truthfully, I think that's what we were best known for. These notebooks were filled with a lot of things, but mainly, they documented most of our memories. Things like "Our Crushes," "Our Favorite Songs," or even "7up girl quotes" -- (easy targets for an easy joke becomes painfully obvious right about now) -- really, the notebooks were full of silly things like that. But the one thing I look back on and am still completely amused by, was our time line. I think that's my favorite.

The time line was a pretty simple way of documenting the simple adventures of high school. It consisted of only the most noteworthy events that took place in our lives, and these were just a few:

Kelsie has drivers ed with Austin Pritchett
Sara gets over Zac Fox
Cassie goes to Sadies with Chris
7up Girl meeting held in Kelsie's backyard - a lot was covered.

Riveting, I know.

But honestly, the more I thought about it tonight as I reminisced with old friends, the more I realized that if I were to document my own life on a time line right now, it would look completely different. I forget about that cute boy in class by the time I walk out of it. I don't think about the football games I go to, or write down about lunch when all the 7upgirls are back together, (in fact, getting everyone together is about the hardest thing in the world these days anyway). Actually, looking at the closest thing that resembles a time line, my past journal entries make me sound like I've turned into an old woman, always going to bed early and staying up late on weekends to study. What has become of me?

Yes, I'm excited about my future, especially as a broadcast journalism major (and yes, I can officially say that now!) the traveling, internships, relationships, and all that's yet to come... But I almost miss the days when I didn't worry about those days: when I was excited about drivers ed with Austin Pritchett, even if it was at 6:30 in the blessed a.m.

But only just a little.


Kaleena J. said...

oh cute! i was always curious where that name came from.

Griffin and Gretchen said...

o man that is cute. that reminds me of sisterhood of the traveling pants. love.
high school was so silly and hard at the time but it was nice to have good friends to help you through it.

Jessica Joy said...

This is beautiful Kelsey. I so agree with it all! Even the Austin Pritchett part ha ha.

Jane Garner said...

i love this! it makes me wish i had time-lined my high school experience. all i have is a time capsule my friends and i made in third grade and it's yet to be opened (but i'm looking forward to it)! p.s. i know austin pritchett!

Anonymous said...

7up girl days and sophomore year were the best kels!

adri said...

Haha I love this! Me and my friends were similiar to you guys. In high school we had notebooks called our "happy books". They were full of memories and crazy stories that we shared together. Not to mention our countless crushes. It's so fun to look back on them. :)
P.s. did you go to SF high? Were you in a journalism class with Mr. Jepson?

Brittany said...

you know, i think you have a peter pan complex. like me. growing up is hard. change is hard. realizing that life will never be the same is hard.

but we get great chances at happiness each time we let ourselves get bigger and older. that's what i've learned at least. love this kels.

Catherine Anne said...

i have two notebooks similar to yours between one of my oldest best friends and i. she's getting married in may and it's weird to look back at all of our crushes and dramas and how we changed over such short periods of time. not really changed, but grew up. it's interesting to even look at pictures of myself from two years ago and see the changes not only in my face, but from what i knew then to what i know now. we never know what experiences are coming our way, but i love that about life. i love that we can look back and see how we were guided to the point we are in life, even though we were so frustrated at the time because we felt like there was no direction whatsoever. long comment and may not make sense, but your thoughts are beautiful. love this. and i love that you will be doing broadcast journalism; you will accomplish great things in life!

Anonymous said...

i have the cutest 7up girl sister ever.
love you sister friend.

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