Today I was reflecting on my childhood for reasons unknown (probably trying to remain sane in the midst of a crazy work day) and decided to share some things I miss from when I was young. Anyone who grew up in my generation will probably recognize most things on this list. If you’re older…well I really don’t want to hear anymore about how great the 80s were….I’m a 90s girl. If you were younger….well you just flat missed out on some cool stuff!! 🙂
1) Easy Bake – Before there was so much concern about child safety and burning the house down there was a fire hazard catered to girls of all ages. Instead of cooking at a regular stove I could bake brownies and cookies in an oven the size of a toaster. Plus mine was pink….I mean what’s not to love. Thank goodness my days of devouring sinful brownies didn’t turn into a charred house.
2) Little Debbies – Yes, I realize little debbies still exist and can be found at every store from here to Alaska. However, when I was little I could wolf down star crunch and zebra cakes like they were going out of style. I kind of thought they were the greatest desserts ever. Now all I taste is wax, fake food, and something that isn’t probably even digestable at all. So really I’m sentimental for my small child taste buds and ability to appreciate fake sponge cakes for how awesome they were.
3) Surge! Okay, does anyone else remember the crazy days of Surge? The drink definitely lived up to it’s name and I remember being in a sugar coma for hours after consuming one of these cans. It was kind of like a sugar drug that called out to me every time we went to the store. Plus, the lime green and flat out crazy look just begged to be thrown in the cart. I remember it tasing a little like mountain dew and the rest was just an unknown flavor I had never tasted before. Probably something nearly deadly…who knows! Now looking back I can totally understand why they stopped marketing Surge….every parent in America probably hated their kids after drinking it.
4) My favorite all time toy were barbies. I LOVED barbies. I spent hours upon hours marrying my barbies, taking them on exotic vacations, getting caught in scandalous cheating dramas, having babies, buying and selling cars and houses, and at one point all of my barbies were olympians battling it out for the gold. Never was there a greater moment to let my imagination run wild then when I was consumed in my barbieland. This is probably one of the top 5 reasons I want a girl of my own. Nothing more special than re-living those special moments. Back in my day we just had basic barbies….now you can buy any kind of career barbie, any kind of Ken and the accessories are busting at the seams. While its all cool and flashy I think it kind of takes away part of the fun and imagination aspect. Sometimes, simple really is better.
5) Slinkies – What kid didn’t like a good ole dollar slinkie? I remember spending hours on the stairs competing with myself on how many stairs we could get. I also remember hours spent trying to untangle the darn thing once I messed it all up. To this day I have yet to get one completely untangled without stretching the plastic all out. Boggles my mind how it gets tangled in the first place. I’m sure it really isn’t rocket science but it seems to be over my head.
6) Princess Bike – Riding my bike was always my favorite outdoor activity until I went into high school and ran out of places to ride. Many of my summer days were spent riding up and down the streets a million times pretending I was exploring the world on two wheels. Not only was it great exercise but I felt like quite the little princess with my pom poms and barbie stickers. Plus, I had this really great white basket on the front that I could haul my dolls or barbies around in. Whoever came up with the basket idea is a genius!!
7) Rollerblades. Unfortunately skating rinks just aren’t nearly as popular as they used to be. We LOVED skating rinks and frequented them quite often. When we weren’t skating in circles under the disco ball you would find me and my older brother playing hockey on our cemented and long front porch.This wasn’t always the safest idea since the porch was quite narrow and we colllided a few times. However, the competition was just too fun and the thought of killing my brother at hockey was too irresistable. (Yes, I kicked his butt every time). The day finally came when I crashed and fractured my wrist while rollerblading. After that I hung them up and haven’t been on since. Now I’d probably fall on my face!!
8) McDonalds Happy Meal toys! Before the days of cheap crap, happy meals actually came with some decent toys. Nowadays you’re lucky to get something that even works or provides even 5 seconds of fun. When I was a kid we got actual toys that didn’t break when you opened them and functioned like they were supposed to. Getting a happy meal was actually a treat because the toys were so awesome. I kinda wish now I had kept my toys so I could sneak them in my kids’ current happy meals. They’re totally getting jipped!
9) Goosebumps! Saturday mornings were usually spent watching looney tunes and then having our eyes peeled to episodes of Goosebumps. Back then I thought it was the greatest television on earth. They were suspenseful, scary, and so out there they almost seemed real in a weird way. I hadn’t seen one in years until I came across one while channel flipping a few months back. To be honest I nearly fell off the couch from shock that I had actually been obsessed with this show at one time. The whole thing was beyond cheesy and ridiculous but man did it have me mesmerized as a kid. I loved the show so much I ended up reading all the books. There were so many of those I lost count. I think that’s another reason I like Surge is because it kinda looked like the Goosebumps logo.
10) Little tikes! Yes, this is a classic. The fun we all had in our little cars is always a great memory. Me and my siblings all shared one car so we fought over it like crazy kids but it was a lot of fun. Our car was dinged and scratched all over the place and looked like it had been through a war. Of course 3 kids all fighting to drive it probably was equal to a war. Now they have all sorts of cool varieties. I even saw a batman one the other day. Definitely a neverending classic in my book.
Well, there are many other memories I could share with you but I hope you enjoyed this small walk down memory lane. Let’s hear a cheer for the 90’s!!! 😉
Tonight take your own little walk back to childhood and enjoy…..