Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Back In The Day When Things Were Cool

On reflecting while reading the blog I Miss My Childhood, I was inspired and reminded of many of the great things that enhanced my very own childhood. Does anybody remember Schoolhouse Rock? It came on every Saturday, if I remember correctly, following the wonderful cartoons that aired. (Mind you, these were real cartoons, not like the ones that they have now.) I remember well the great songs that came from Schoolhouse Rock, like "I'm Just a Bill", and "Lolly's Lolly's Lolly's get your Adverbs Here". Saturday mornings used to be the greatest. I remember, I would wake up, and make sure that my Dad was awake to watch cartoons with me, whether he wanted to be awake at this time or not. Then later in the morning, my Mother would take me to town with her, as she usually had a "beauty shop appointment" to get her hair teased, and for some odd reason, I would always drink "Tab" while she got her hair done (not the best tasting diet soda ever invented). Then we would have to run errands, pay bills and so forth. Saturday afternoons would sport some great movies too, but living on ten acres, I had plenty of things to fill my imagination with outside, since I didn't have certain luxuries like a PC or video games like today's youth, who have nothing but electronic convenience and everything that they could dream of.

My sister and I were having a discussion not too long ago as well about Velamints. Remember Velamints?? I couldn't find a photo of their original packaging, but they came in various flavors. I most remember the chocolate flavored ones. These and other odd treats of the 70s, I found at In The 70s. So, thanks 'Chelly' for bringing back a few of those fond childhood memories; I don't want to disclose too many because I might begin to feel like a complete old fart, which i'm not mind you--I am "the cool aunt" of my family, and intend to stay that way, even if I have to be cryogenically frozen like this guy we all know and love.

You know, now that we have Cartoon Network and TV Land on Cable or Satellite, so these tv shows that I am speaking of, they no longer carry any significance or have any sentimental value to anyone. But growing up, I didn' t have cable, even after it was easily available-my parents refused to get it. So when I had the chance to go and visit my oldest sister, Vickie (who had children close to my age), I was able to go berzerk! I would stay a week at a time during the summer time when school was out, and soak in the MTV, and the great movies that were featured on cable. I remember many times we would all pile up on the couch at her house, and catch the featured horror flick, such as "The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane", or Stephen King's "It" and most memorably, "Carrie". Getting scared out of our wits was a ghastly highlight we often looked forward to. Thanks Vickie!--For planting terror in your little sister's heart, and also for some wonderful childhood memories.

7 comments:

chelly said...

I loved this post "Aunt Jackie"! Thanks for the link by the way. I remember School House Rock fondly. "I'm just a bill" was my favorite song. What a great voice. Getting a soda while you waited for your parents' appointments to finish was always fun (or getting candy from the vending machines). My brother was the early riser in our home. He'd always wake me up and run to the tv. Good times! :)

Mike said...

Nice post. I remember when cartoons were the real thing myself.

Nana said...

Jackie..remember the summer we cleaned christmas ornaments ... boy did we get high!!!

Aunt Jackie said...

Yes, the "Summer of The Mickey Mouse Balls", exposure to dangerous chemicals at a young age--maybe that's what happened to me! ha!

laughtokeepfromcrying said...

my youth was 20 years before yours Jac,black and white tv, Martin and John were both still around, the only "to the moon" was Ralph Cramden's line not Nasa's. We drank Fizzies from colored frosted silver tumblers.McDonalds had only sold in the 10s of thousands. Airplanes crossing the sky was a big deal, everyone looked up. We still damned Yankees. We thought Dick Clark was old.......and that we never would be. Also thought we'd never get tired,never stop laughing,no one we loved would die,and America was certain that the whole world loved us. How could they not we were so young. faith

Nana said...

Here is a really great store where you can buy stuff that we really long for ...things from our past..like those colored frosted silver tumblers!!! And of course..spoolies. http://www.vermontcountrystore.com/jump.jsp?itemID=0&itemType=HOME_PAGE

Aunt Jackie said...

Very cool! Thanks for these great reminders of all our youths, it was an age of innocence. Even when we thought we were miserable, we were probably just bored. But I for one, got by through great imagination-I didn't care that I didn't have lots of electronics. Outside there was a whole other world... Thanks for your comments!! :)