I am helping Jo celebrate her birthday with the Big Birthday Blog Hop....
She has assigned us a year to comment on and this is her comment for the year 1981
1981 - Jo was 15. Jo has settled into High School life and has become involved in the school dramatical productions. The first year they performed songs from Oliver, the next year it was a 1920s evening with assorted songs, sketches and a performance of The Magic Piano. It was during these rehearsals that Jo was approached by the drama teacher who suggested that she might enjoy being involved with the stage lighting. This was a tactful way of telling Jo she cannot sing! Fortunately Jo loved operating the lighting desk and building the scaffold tower to adjust the lights (Health & Safety would have had a fit!). Jo also discovered Drama was useful for getting out of unpopular lessons - "I can't do PE, we have a rehearsal"
First of all in 1981 I was 34 years old. Old enough to have been her mom! I had been married 11 years. A few tidbits about that year: The top selling car was Toyota, the average cost of a gallon of gas in the US was $1.25, in the UK it was a Royal Wedding: Lady Diana married Prince Charles, Top film was Raiders of the Lost Ark, popular boy name was Michael and for the girls Jennifer. That year my birthday (February 3) was on a Tuesday! A memory does come to mind. I was working my second year as a Social Director (all around activity and party planner) at a nursing facility in Rhode Island. Mary was admitted as a full time resident the year before. She was a sweet soft spoken lady who used a wheelchair for mobility and we became fast friends. Her sons lived out of state, one in Florida and one in New York. I became her "adopted daughter" as her NY son Joe called me. One day Mary handed me a gift.....her diamond engagement ring!
Happy Birthday dear Jo and good wishes for many more celebrations. Thank you for letting me participate in this blog party. Thank you my dear friends for always stopping by and for your kind words. Have a great day. Be sure to stop by Jo's place and say Happy Birthday!