I saw this post on Tiburon's blog and thought it sounded fun. I love a good trip down memory lane. Let's see what you remember...
1) Big League Chew - Of course we weren't allowed to actually HAVE any of this. But as kids, we would go to the corner party store (Hay's Market) and stare longlingly at it, wishing we could buy some. We couldn't think of anything cooler than eating strings of gum in handfuls from a little pouch. Now, as a parent, I can see why my parents objected. For the same reason they objected to us buying candy cigarettes: BECAUSE THEY DIDN'T WANT US TO HAVE ANY FUN AT ALL!
2) Strawberry Shortcake Dolls - Oh, just saying this name brings back the fond memory of their sweet smelling, plastic-fibered hair. My favorite was Raspberry Tart, with her delicious pink raspberry afro. Remember Apricot & Hopsalot? Or the Purple Pie man? Toys should always smell that good, I think.
3) The Muppet Show - A family tradition was watching this together on Sunday nights. Pigs in Space. Beaker. Animal. The Swedish Chef ("mordy mordy bork bork"), Gonzo and his insecurities. And Fozy Bear's bad jokes. And my favorite, the two guys in the balcony who would make wise cracks.
4) Big Green Machine - We didn't have one of these, but we "borrowed" our neighbor's whenever we could. We had a regular Big Wheel, but nothing compared to driving the Big Green Machine with the two hand controls instead of the stearing wheel.
5) Sea Wees - One of my favorite childhood toys. These little mermaid dolls came with a lily pad made out of a sponge. You could put the Sea Wee through a hole in the sponge and she would float in the tub. I had the light blue one with silvery hair, and I thought she was the most beautiful thing I'd ever seen.
6) Crazy Foam - Does anyone else remember this stuff? I remember that I loved it. And I remember that my mom actually bought it for us. But as far as I can tell, it's just shaving cream in a cooler can. Or was there more to it? Well, either way, I remember that I loved it.
7) Jordache Jeans - There was NO WAY my mom was ever going to buy us Jordache jeans. She was strictly a Kmart shopper. I remember wishing with all my heart to get a pair of jeans with the Jordache horse on the coin pocket. Never happened. (But while I'm thinking of Kmart, does anyone remember the blue light specials? How everyone would run to the ailse with the blue light flashing to get a super good deal? Or how the back of Kmart had a greasy cafeteria in it? My mom would get us ham and cheese sandwiches with mustard on them to eat while we shopped. Ah, Kmart.)
8) Underoos - We thought the Wonder Woman underoos were about the coolest thing we could ever wear. But it always made me jealous that the boys had more choices (Superman, Spiderman, and Batman). I think Underoos' stock probably plummeted when parents suddenly realized that Underoos made their kids want to run around in their skivies ALL DAY LONG. No one wanted to put clothes on over those sweet babies!
9) Atari - We never had one (boy, this seems to be the pattern of my childhood!), but our neighbors did. I remember thinking how amazing it was, especially Duck Hunt. That you could shoot that gun at the screen and an invisible bullet would take down the blocky targets that only barely resembled ducks. And then Pitfall--SO advanced! Our kids would just laugh at us now.
10) I had such a happy thought today when I was thinking of things for this post and remembered this one: the Barbie Corvette. We didn't get many cool toys when we were kids. Or cool clothes, or cool candy, or cool cereal. Nothing cool, really. We were poor, our mom was terribly unhip and incredibly, um, thrifty. But my parents really fulfilled one of my greatest childhood fantasies when they bought me the Barbie Super Vette. Remote controls were a new technology then, way too space age to be used for a toy. So this had a non-remote controlled, battery operated, tiny steering wheel with about 3 1/2 feet of cord to connect it to the Corvette. You had to walk right behind it in order to steer it, but it still was by far the most amazing and awesome toy I ever got.
Hope you had a fun stroll down memory lane. If you want to play along with this post, consider yourself tagged!