Words of the Week
Jessica and I have been great friends through teaching Zumba together. I first met her in December 2010 when she took my class, then I encouraged her to become a Zumba instructor and the rest is history. She’s my ride-or-die chic and I’d do anything for her.
Well, recently I invited my friend Tosia to a Challenge Party. She and I ran track in high school together. She walks in and says hi to Jessica as if they were long time friends. I thought nothing of it because Louisville is a small place. Tosia later says that Jessica and I went to middle school together. What?! I said I doubted it because they were older than I. Tosia kept claiming it was true, so I went home to look it up.
As I opened my Westport Middle School yearbook from 1988, I flipped to the sports section. On page 54 is a picture of Jessica on the girl’s basketball team. Right next to it on page 55 is a photo of me in front of the the cheerleading formation. Who would have thunk it?!
I now remember Jessica. She was an 8th grader when I was a 6th grader. I remember her because she was the ‘busty basketball player”. As a cheerleader (that was – and still is- waiting for her own larger chest size) that stuck out.
Jessica says she remembers me as “little Michelle” because I was the little cheerleader that flipped down the court. It’s such a weird feeling to know that someone that I feel so close to is someone that I’ve known for sometime (which may be the reason we had an instant bond!)
We shared the story at our Zumba classes and what’s even more ironic is that one of our members, Julie, was in the same class as Jessica. So, when we flip to page 10, there Julie is also.
It’s a small world after all! Instead of being the Possibility City, maybe we should be Louisville – the city where its possible to know everybody!