Saturday, December 03, 2005


You wore a rainbow shirt that was half-sleeves, and the rainbow went up one sleeve, across your chest, and down the other. [My mom and I had matching ones.]

You made baby chocolate cakes in your Easy Bake Oven and washed them down with snow cones from your Snoopy Snow Cone Machine.

You had that Fisher Price Doctor's Kit with a Stethoscope that actually worked.

You owned a bicycle with a banana seat and a plastic basket with flowers on it. [Mine had a bell too.]

You learned to skate with actual skates, (not roller blades) that had metal wheels. (They also had 4 wheels)

You thought Kirk Cameron and Michael J. Fox were cute (Admit it!)

You had nightmares after watching Ripley's Believe It or Not

You had rubber boots for rainy days and Moon boots for snowy days.

You had either a "bowl cut" or "pixie," not to mention the "Dorothy Hamill" because your Mom was sick of braiding your hair. [And then really tall bangs in high school--how cool you were directionaly proportionate to how high they were]

Your Holly Hobbie sleeping bag was your most prized possession, [I had a metal Holly Hobbie lunch pail, my brother-- Kiss]

You wore a poncho, gauchos, and knickers. [And don't forget those long dresses that hit the floor your mom made you wear for pictures and special occasions.]

You played Heads Up, 7-Up indoors at recess on rainy days.

You begged Santa for the electronic game, Simon.

You spent hours in your backyard on your metal swing set with the trapeze. The swing set tipped over at least once.

You had homemade ribbon barrettes in every imaginable color, (with the long strands hanging down with beads on the end!!) COOL!

You had a pair of Birkenstock sandals (the ones with a wood sole & buckle). [If you were really cool, you had LA Gears!]

You wanted to be Laura Ingalls Wilder really bad; you wore that Little House on the Prairie-inspired plaid, ruffle shirt with the high neck in at least one school picture; and you despised Nellie Olson! [For me, my first and second grade pictures.]

You wanted your first kiss to be at a roller rink. [I had many a birthday party at the rollar rink!]

Your hairstyle was described as having "wings" or "feathers"

You know who Strawberry Shortcake is, as well as her friends, Blueberry muffin and Huckleberry Pie. [Don't forget Apple Dumpling!]

When no one was looking, you put Ken and Barbie in bed....Together!!!!!!!

You carried a Wonder Woman lunch box to school and it was metal, not plastic. [I used to put my hair in a ponytail, remove said ponytail while spinning around in circles and yell, "Wonder Womaaaaaan!]

Every now and then "It's a Hard Knock Life" from the movie, "Annie" will pop into your brain and you can't stop singing it the whole day.

YOU had Star Wars action figures, too! [I was Princess Leia and my brother Luke Skywalker or Hans Solo, for like, 5 Halloweens in a row.]

You often asked your Magic-8 ball the questions

To you MASH, is a game not a TV show

You saw the Thriller video a gazillion times

You tried to do lots of arts and crafts, like yarn and Popsicle-stick God's eyes, decoupage, or those weird potholders made on a plastic loom. [Plaster of Paris anyone?]

You made Shrinky-Dinks and put iron-on kittens on your t-shirts! [For years I had special made T-shirts that said "Clean Rooms Are Boring" if I out grew it, we just had a new one made!]

You used to tape record songs off the radio by holding your portable tape player up to the speaker [I did this all the time]

You couldn't wait to get the free animal poster that came when you ordered books from the Weekly Reader book club.

You learned everything you needed to know about girl issues from Judy Blume books (Are you there God, It's me, Margaret.)

You thought Olivia Newton John's song "Physical" was about aerobics. (and of course, wearing cool leg warmers!!)

You wore friendship pins on your tennis shoes, or shoelaces with heart or rainbow designs.

You had a Big Wheel with a brake on the side, and a Sit-n-Spin.

You had subscriptions to Teen, Teen Beat and Tiger Beat.

You wore knee socks to hide hairy legs. (That might be just me...)

You spent all your allowance on scratch and smell stickers for your sticker album.

I love being a girl. I hope some day I have a little girl, who has sleepovers and stuff. My friend since, we were 8 sent me most of the above, but I added and modified quite a few of them to fit my childhood. Hope it made you remember and laugh.


Brina said...

Oh my gosh, I can identify with EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE!!! How funny! I especially liked the wonder woman one. I did exaclty the same thing with said ponytails, and I used yellow construction paper taped to my wrists for the cuffs, and yellow nylon rope for my Lariat of Truth, in addition to the Wonder Woman Underoos. I had the whole gig. The only one I didn't get into was Cabbage Patch Kids. Most everyone else did though. That brought back tons of memories!

Love, Rita said...

Hey, this was so much fun to read... I was a teenager in the 70's, so some of these things came along after I was a little too old to participate. My daughter, now 18, loves the music and the clothes from this decade. Do you remember Klackers--the original ones with the heavy acrylic balls on the end of two strings? I would just LOVE to have a set of those now...

Dee said...

OMG, how did I get so old?

hee hee...thanks for the look back at my childhood and pre-teen years. How much you wanna bet a bunch of it comes back into 'fashion' at some point in the future? Heck, Str@wberry Shortc@ke is back now :-)

Anonymous said...

Yikes.....that was my life!