1981-1991 My First Decade
With the big 3-0 literally RIGHT around the corner, I wanted to take a look back at the past 3 decades of my life…It’s good to remember who you were, and where you came from…..It has been fun to take a little trip down memory lane, and reflect on all of the little things that have comprised this wonderful life I’ve been given.
For some of you in the same age ballpark as myself, I hope this sparks some memories from your childhood as well.
Today, I stop to remember my first ten years…and I give you 1981-1991.
Wearing: As a true baby of the 80’s, I was rocking the side tail, jelly shoes, stirrup pants, and had leggings in just about every color and print imaginable. My wrists were adorned with home-made friendship bracelets, not to mention the “super-cool” slap bracelets. I wore a lot of jumpers, and had headbands and scrunchies to match all of my pants. I had the acid-washed jean jacket, and pegged my pants. I wore Converse high-tops (before they were called Chucks), the two different colored socks on each side, and had “bouffant” bangs.
Watching: Duck Tales (woo-hoo), Gummi Bears (bouncing here and there and everywhere), Ramblin’ Rod, Punky Brewster, Small Wonder (the little girl who was actually a robot!), TMNT, The Muppet Show (and The Muppet Babies), Rainbow Brite, The Wuzzles, Zoobilee Zoo, Family Ties(part of me thinks this is why I became interested in politics), Full House, Family Matters, Saved by the Bell (I remember the VERY first Saturday it was on!), and Cosby (I got to stay up late on Thursdays to watch Cosby! I still love that show!)
Listening To: RECORDS! I had TONS of records….stories on records…Psalty, Poochie, Strawberry Shortcake, Sesame Street…loved those things. I got my first “boom-box” at age 6, and was constantly making tapes of myself and my friends talking and singing. Some of the first tapes I remember listening to were Paul Abdul (before Idol and the “crazy”), Mariah Carey (when she still wore flannel), and Amy Grant. I went to my first concert in this decade….New Kids on the Block played the Tacoma Dome when I was in the fourth grade…The very thought of Jordan (rat-tail and all) was enough to give me hives on the drive up. I was truly “Forever Their Girl,” and they had “The Right Stuff.”
“Loves”: Macauly Culkin and Fred Savage were the kings of my tiny heart. Oh how I hated Winnie Cooper.
Playing With: Barbies (before Kelly, when there was still a Skipper!), Strawberry Shortcake, My Little Pony (all the things my daughter likes TODAY!), Colorforms!!, PAPER DOLLS (super hard to find now!), records, the swings, books, Cabbage Patch dolls, Skip-it, Memory(Original!), an old Polaroid camera, and play food
Doing: I was constantly reading as a kid. I made “reading forts” and would sit and read stacks of chapter books everyday. The Babysitter’s Club was a HUGE favorite (and are books I sure hope my daughter will enjoy, as she is inheriting the entire collection.) I loved The Polk Street School Series, Ramona, The Indian in the Cupboard, Matilda…I was outside on my swingset a lot…swinging…pretending to be a gymnast, doing all sorts of flips and tricks that probably gave my mother heart attacks…I attended Cornerstone Christian School, and pretty much embodied the term, “teacher’s pet.” I was always good at school, and truly loved it. I went to Sunday school and Awana, and liked earning the rewards. There was always a pretend restaurant, shop, store, museum…something going on in my room (although it was compulsively neat, and I didn’t allow other kids to touch things or really “play” in there!) I was an only child, so I was always finding some creative way to amuse myself.
Passionate About: Reading, “being the best at everything” , school
Stay tuned…1991-2001 is coming up soon!!