1986 to 1987 — Early Automotive Era

A Visit to Nanny’s House

Summer 1986 — Sarasota?, FL

Mom, Dad, and I

We went to visit my mom’s mother, Nanny and her husband Papa Don. I can’t remember if they were living in Sarasota or Stuart at the time.

I loved that black dress.  It had 30 little black buttons all the way down the front.

My mom and step-dad were short, red-headed, and of Irish descent — my little leprechauns.

On The Way To Work

Summer 1986 — Decatur, GA

My mom, the avid photographer, snapped a series of photos of me as I was leaving for work one day.  She kept pestering me and finally got me to laugh.  I was working in a nurses’ uniform shop, which explains the white lab coat (no, I wasn’t a “mad scientist” yet).




Driver’s License — Overcast Sunny

Winter 1987 — Clarkston, GA

Overcast Sunny

I wasn’t always so cheerful, though.  My dad called me “Partly Cloudy” for much of my moody teenage years.  I wore a lot of black clothes and black makeup and had my fair share of teenage angst and rebelliousness.  Here’s a copy of my replacement driver’s license after losing my purse and waiting forever at the DMV with my dad.

Decatur High JR/SR Prom

March 1987 — Decatur, GA

Prom 1987

I went to the Junior/Senior Prom with my high school sweetheart, Mc.  I made my dress and got an employee discount on the shoes for a total expenditure of $35.  The fabric is blue cotton sheeting with white lace and full lining.  I also made the crinolines.

Japan Summer Exchange Student Orientation

Spring 1987 — Atlanta, GA

Love Football

I won a competition to become a foreign exchange student in Japan. The trip was sponsored by the United States Senate and the Japanese Government. Two students from each state were chosen to spend two months with a host family. Me being chosen was a bit of a Cinderella story.

Driving Around With Mc

Spring 1987 — Atlanta, GA

Weird Stuff on Sidewalk

Mc and I didn’t always have money for fancy outings — sometimes we’d just drive around Atlanta, talk, and listen to music. It may sound like a super cheap date but we really enjoyed spending time together and learning all about one another. One day we were just driving around and saw this weird stuff on the side of the road.

The Atlanta High Museum of Art

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