Tag Team Tuesday with Juliette Cross

high-schoolI went back to high school with Juliette Cross! Check out the conversation. We’d love to hear about your favorite, or not so favorite, high school memories. Chat with us in the comment section of this post on Facebook!

Nina:
How would you classify your status in high school — geek, athlete, complete creative or something else? I was more of a bookworm, but I popped my head up every now and then and had fun.

Juliette:
I was in the “middle clique”–not a geek, not popular (or a “bow-head” as we used to call them), and not an athlete, though I was captain of the dance team. I had friends on every echelon of the high school hierarchy.

Nina:
Bow-head (as in hair bow)? I’m from the southwest. Never heard that one. Is that a common term where you’re from or was that a school thing?

Juliette:
Bow-head was a regional term where I was from (south Louisiana) in the eighties. The bigger the bow, the dumber the chick. So yeah, I never wore bows. I’ve never been a bow kind of a girl.

Nina:
Note to self: Ditch all bows around Juliette. Lol!

Captain of the dance team. Great! I was a drum major. I got to boss people around. I also had free access to watch all of the varsity football and basketball games. Cute guys in uniforms. Need I say more? What about your dance team uniforms? Cool or not? My second year as a drum major, we cut 14 inches off of our skirts to finally make them cute.

Juliette:
Drum major? That is SO awesome. Yes! I loved being on the dance team. We were all “middle crowd” girls, and we were a small team. Very close. I loved to dance, too. Our pep rally uniforms were similar to the cheerleaders, but I loved those short skirts. 😉 And we had sparkly sequin-covered uniforms with SUPER short skirts for the football field. Loved it!

Nina:
All right. Favorite subject. Mine was band. I loved music. Still do.

Juliette:
My favorite subject was English. I hate to be cliché, but it truly was. I had two phenomenal teachers–one fueled my love of Shakespeare and classic lit and the other drove me toward my love of creative writing. In 10th grade, Ms. Anderson asked us all to write a short story. I fell deeply and utterly in love with writing. I can still remember the exact classroom and the view from where I sat near the windows. My first-grade teacher always said I daydreamed too much. I did. But I finally knew why. I was a writer.

Nina:
You knew your destiny. Wow! That’s great. I honestly didn’t have a clear picture about what I wanted back then. I did know I wanted a job that involved travel so flight attendant was my first pick. It almost happened but, at the last minute, I changed my mind. I did end up traveling, just not like I expected. It’s funny how things shape up.

If you could go back in time, what nugget of wisdom would you give your high school-aged self?

Juliette:
Don’t try to grow up so fast. The world will wait.

Nina:
Great advice. I’d share the same and pass on the standard –be yourself!

Okay, random question. If I gave you a coupon for a lifetime supply of free ice cream, what would you do with it?

Juliette
I’d arrange some sort of reading contest through our local library, open to all kids throughout the parish. (Louisiana has parishes, not counties.) And the coupon would be the winning prize. I have a passion for reading and our youth. Our library puts on amazing programs for the kids of our community, so I’d definitely contribute my lifetime supply of ice cream their program. (While I love ice cream, I’d feel a bit gluttonous keeping it for myself.)

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