Mrs. Nurse Boy here.
The other day we found ourselves at a local used bookstore. While the kids were digging around for bargains, I took notice of all of the VHS tapes that were for sale. Dimples quickly asked why anyone would buy a VHS tape when they could buy a DVD. (He doesn't even know about Blue Ray... shhh.) My first thought was they were cheap. My second thought was that they reminded me of my childhood. As I walked around the stuffed bookstore I found myself digging through records (Yes, VINYL), 45's, and even... wait for it... 8 tracks!! My dad still holds his 8 track collection dear. I don't understand it but, as I find myself growing older, I am guessing it must have something to do with his childhood.
All of this had me reflecting back to my childhood. The days were much simpler. We weren't distracted by handheld gadgets. Heck, we didn't even have a (gasp!) computer. When you left the house, you couldn't be reached. It was rare to find waterproof sunscreen (which was very unfortunate for this fair skinned girl). We had to HAND CRANK our car windows open. (I know, can you imagine??) We even cruised around town in a station wagon. (Those things make a mini van look DREAMY. Ha!) Oh, and you were lucky if you could dig out the seat belts from the creases in the seats. We never bothered to wear them. After all, who needed to actually live after a minor fender-bender? Certainly not my family!
Amazingly, I survived my sunburned-filled, non-seat-belt-wearing, lacking-any-kind-of-cool-gadgets childhood. So, today I thought I would reflect back on those years... Ya know, way back before Al Gore had invented the Internet and all...
It was a time when...
*Publisher's Clearing House and Ed McMahon went hand in hand.
*Red plastic jackets with zippers were considered cool. (Thank you, Thriller!)
*Blue eye shadow WAS all that and a bag of chips.
*You drank TAB out of a pink can and pretended it was refreshing. (Or you stole sips of your mom's.)
*A cell phone was actually referred to as a "bag phone." It was heavy, awkward, AND had an antennae.
*If you were female, your bangs most likely had a part. The bottom half of your bangs were carefully curled under while the top half were strategically teased to wave at the heavens. It was perfection once it was sprayed with an entire can of Aqua Net hairspray.
*"Jellies" weren't doughnuts, but only the most stylish, yet completely uncomfortable, shoes ever.
*You sat around for hours playing "PONG" on Atari. (And, you thought it was fun!) When Pac-Man came out, you thought you had died and gone to heaven.
*You may even remember renting not only a movie, but the entire VCR machine as well. (It was a HUGE plastic case.)
*Carefully positioning the collar up on your polo shirt was a fashion statement. So were the hot pink leggings you were sporting.
Yes, I am slowly growing older. My kids gasp as I share about my childhood and all of the comforts we didn't have available to us "back then." Kind of like I do when my dad starts to ramble on about not having air conditioning and sleeping with wet sheets... while listening to his 8 tracks. Priceless? I think not.
Those precious 8 tracks were selling for a whooping 48cents a piece.
As were my vinyl records.
Sigh, I really am old!
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