My mom still hasn’t forgiven me this photo.
Yes, I knew it was school photo day. And no, I didn’t tell her because I wanted to wear my Jaws t-shirt and I knew she wouldn’t let me. I was a style rebel even back then. I knew all the other girls would be dressed in frilly little dresses, but I wanted to be different.
I was a bit disappointed with the whole Liberty Bell theme though. I remember asking the photographer if they could move “that stupid bell thing” so people could see the whole shark. I am certain that he laughed at me.
I went to see the original Jaws movies when it opened with my two older sisters. I can remember sitting in the theater with my feet up in the chair because I was convinced that the doors were going to open and ocean water was suddenly going to pour in. Ocean water containing a shark that was going to bite me.
I can also remember crying when they killed Jaws. At the time, I had no idea that the shark was fake. I kept asking “Why can’t they just dump a bunch of fish food in the deep water where it swims so it will not eat people?”
Yep. Young. Innocent. And not so fashionable.
If you haven’t seen the original Jaws, do yourself a favor and watch it. Spoiler alert. The shark dies. And I cry.