Remember these sweet photo booths with the curtain in the background? This is a picture of my friend Jennifer and I from junior high. I guess it would have probably been 1983 or 1984. The two of us had similar childhoods: two working parents, two sets of living grandparents, Sunday dinners at Grandma's house, and the comforts of knowing that you were loved unconditionally. The similarities didn't end there though....we both loved to be outside! We ran, we played soccer at recess, and we rode our bikes along the dirt trails between our two houses, usually one of us on the handle bars and the other one pedaling. Footloose was our favorite movie that year, and the two of us memorized every song on the vinyl album. I can still remember using Jennifer's crutches as our microphones while we sang our hearts out up in her room. In fact, Jennifer's mom Paula gave our volleyball team access to a huge meeting room in the basement of the local credit union where she worked. Our team, and our coaches, had a huge sleepover in the basement of the bank (go figure!) and the coaches taught us the line dance to Footloose. I bet if you asked any of the girls we grew up with what "Tap, tap, over tap, over tap, Step Back" means, they would give you the biggest smile ever. We stayed up all night learning those steps. As we all move closer to turning 40, it's amazing to me how I can remember all of these moments. And how they still make me smile.