Aug 11, 2010

Things that remind me of my childhood: the '80s

Nathaniel and Nicholas started school this morning, and as I was packing their backpacks last night I started thinking about the days when I carried a backpack, and then I went down this entire rabbit hole of memories.

I must have gone out searching for 100 things that flooded my brain, and I finally decided it was too much fun not to share some of them. I'm going to break it up into a few posts over the next couple of weeks, just because there's too much to share it all here. But here's a start at what I was reminded of while I was stocking up the backpacks with sharpened pencils, glue sticks, pencil-top erasers and scissors (although not many of my deep-seated memories were actually school-related, after all) ...

I insisted on AquaFresh toothpaste because I thought the colors were so cool.

 I totally rocked the banana clip. Hair pulled TO THE LEFT SIDE, no less.

I wore my banana clip most often the Summer I discovered Sun-In. I thought it looked SMASHING, but I'm here to tell you that Hindsight called to let me know it was rather unfortunate.

It took a whole lot of effort to maintain even unfortunate hair back in the day, which is why my Caboodle came in so handy. The Tween's Tackle Box got me through many an early morning with the appropriate amount of mousse, hairspray and makeup. OH JUST YOU WAIT I HAVE PICTURES OF THE MAKEUP COMING NEXT.

My Caboodle held my two favorite flavors of Kissing Potion, Mighty Mint and Cherry Smash. I believe I also had a brief fling with Watermelon, but I never cared for Bubble Gum.

Nestled close to my Kissing Potion was probably my teal mascara. I wore teal mascara to church on Easter Sunday. Oh no I didn't. OH YES I DID. And every other Sunday, as well.

Every Saturday morning I watched the Shirt Tales with my sister. I think they lived in a tree, or their home base was a tree or something. Anyway, they were animals who wore shirts. We loved them.

And before there was Chuck E. Cheese's, there was Showbiz Pizza. I had a birthday party there, and we attended many there. Skee-ball, I can't quit you.

Did anyone write create books before Francine Pascal introduced us to The Girls We All Wanted To Be, Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield? I was hooked, I mean HOOKED, on this series. And I will go to my grave with this cover etched in my brain. Ironically, I may never know who actually WROTE the books, because approximately .7 seconds ago I realized that Francine Pascal apparently did not.

I don't know why I could only find this picture in black-and-white, but we watched every episode of Down to Earth. Anyone else remember it? "Back down to Earth to teach the Prestons, lessons ... Richard, Lissie, Dwayne and JJ, too ..."

I've always been a gum-chewer. This liquid-filled gum was my kryptonite. Loved to chew it during church. YUM.

Decades before Silly Bandz came jelly bracelets. I had them in a rainbow of colors. And I was willing to trade them for just the right elusive googly-eyed sticker when we started trading our hard-earned fashion accessories at lunchtime.

In elementary school, you would have had to try very hard to catch me on a day I didn't have one of these babies in my hair.

I don't have much to say about this one except that we watched it. I loved how they slept in matchboxes.

In high school I read this for the first and only time. To this day, I still feel spiritual warfare as a physical presence around me. This book totally freaked me out and also made me much more aware of my spirituality and the spirituality (or lack thereof) of those around me.

I remember carefully twisting my teal, purple and cream Twist-a-Beads together on the night of my sixth-grade dance. They coordinated perfectly with my teal, purple and cream plaid shirt, teal jeans and teal mascara.

And last -- but certainly not least -- on this trip down Memory Lane -- are the famous jelly shoes. I think I had them in lavender ...

And my sister had them in pink.

NOW. I know I have some readers who are too young to remember ANY of these things. I love you, but I thank you kindly for not pointing that out in the Comments. I feel old enough as it is, packing my 2nd grader and Kindergartener off to school.


Meredith said...

I am convinced, now more than ever, that we were best friends in a prior life. Except for the TV shows and the Sun-In (I saw what it did to my BFF's hair and stayed far, far away), I could have written that entire post. Great trip down memory lane!!!

RLR said...

OK - I remember all of those. What does that say about me? Oh, and I still have my Caboodle - I supposed I saved it for my sweet girl. Guessing she can keep Silly Bandz or Polly Pockets in it, since she's not wearing makeup until she's 30 ;)

brightleigh said...

I remember all those things. I did the banana clip, had a caboodle, and used kissing potion. I even had a hot pink Members Only jacket. Thanks for the memories!

Sarah said...

So funny.

I was trying to explain a Caboodle to my husband just a few days ago and he said "Oh like a tackle box for your makeup?" Yes, honey, just like that. I'm really wishing I had kept mine.

Sweet I pined to be a blonde twin. Alas. And I am just now remembering how my mother (who watched Melrose Place with me in high school) thought the Sweet Valley High books were a bit racy for me during middle school. I think I was explaining the plot about how Elizabeth fell off the motorcycle, lost her memory, started acting like Jessica by doing bad things with Bruce. Anyone?...anyone? No? Okay.

And you should know that the Littles are also a book series. Maybe your boys would be interested? (aka a ruse so that you could reread them) :)

René said...

This gave me chills to see so many things that I had to have too. Thanks for the memories. Caboodles had completely escaped my memory until now. Freshen up, kissing potion, oh my goodness. I remember it well.


Carry Grace said...

Oh. my. goodness. How fun, I remember a lot of these things.

Sarah T. said...

It's not really fair to write about Sun-In without also giving your readers a picture of you to show how beautifully you used it.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Meredith, my friend, there are MANY, MANY more TV shows I could have listed, but I was trying to include the most obscure ones. We were all about the Facts of Life, Love Boat, Benson and many more.

Ryan Leigh, YOU SAVED YOUR CABOODLE? I think my mom actually still has mine under my old bathroom sink.

Leigh, I had a Members Only jacket, too! Mine was maroon with grey piping.

Sarah, you are HILARIOUS. I totally remember when Liz started acting like Jess because she had a concussion.

Rene, I'm honored you came by to comment and happy that we shared such a number of memories of Tween makeup! ;)

Nikki, so glad you enjoyed it.

SET, just wait 'til Friday.

shanemotb said...

AWESOME post! Thanks for the giant smile on my face!

shanemotb said...

AWESOME post! Thanks for the giant smile on my face!

blahblahblah said...

I had a jelly bag. They sold them in every supermarket in southern California. The jelly products broke so easily but that never stopped me from buying them over and over again. I also remember charms and charm belts being available in every supermarket, and those plastic bracelets could be purchased by the register.

Katherine @ Grass Stains said...

Jennifer, I had the charm belt and bracelet! I'd completely forgotten about those ... it's memories like that that make me take pictures of all my boys' favorite things. I don't want them to forget Crocs or Mighty Beanz or anything when they get older. Too much fun to remember!

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