Back In The Day

Back in the day, I  wore Vuarnet shirts.

I spent hours perfecting the safety pins that went down my horribly awful high-waisted jeans.

I wore push-down socks, sometimes in two different colours, with my Docs.

I wore Stussy hats and shopped at L.L. Bean and I loved my desert boots.

I had Duckies for rainy days, and I tried for years to perfect the teased bangs look, like Samantha on Who's The Boss.

I used a lot of hair spray.

I had Converse, and Tretorns, of course.

I would wear my hair in a side low ponytail because it was cool.

I had a million hair bands.

I listened to WHAM!

My yellow Sony walk-man was an essential part of who I was. 

I shopped almost exclusively at Benetton and Esprit and I loved wearing gummy bracelets and mis-matched earrings.

There is so much I miss about my past.

I miss being in school, I miss the innocence, I miss homework, even. 

I miss that there was really nothing to worry about. 

I miss lunches packed for me every day with love.

I miss playing marbles, and going on bike rides with my friends. I miss summer camp, and dance class and recital day.

I miss my youth.

I miss the days of going into my favourite book store to buy the newest Sweet Valley Twins and Baby-Sitters Club book, and I miss the toys.

I miss the days when being part of school clubs were fun, and I miss after-school activities like track and field and fashion shows and dances on Friday nights.

I miss yearbooks, and the anticipation of seeing what your friends would write.

I miss the carefree days.

I miss the toys of the 80's: Cabbage Patch Kids, My Little Pony. Rainbow Brite, and Jem and the Holograms. Even Monchhichi. I also really loved Barbie. Especially Business Barbie. 

I miss summers in Greece, and reading magazines by the sea without a care in the world, while listening to U2 and Ace of Base. 

I miss my little red VW Golf, and that moment when I finally mastered driving a stick-shift in a white VW Cabrio.

Although I miss so much, the great joy about being a parent is seeing your children living their childhood right in front of you... and as an added bonus, you can sort of be a child again, too. I've spent hours playing LEGO again and I now have two new partners to play Super Mario Bros. with. It's all good. (And I try not to think about the fact that 

I sometimes long  for days gone by, but no matter what, there is nothing I love more than the present—I cherish every moment, truly, and I'm glad all I have to do is close my eyes to have all my awesome childhood (and teenage) memories come back to me. I remember it all as vividly as if it were yesterday.

What do you  miss about days gone by? 

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Lisa said...

The safety pins!!! I had forgotten about those! I loved reading this. It's always so much fun to take a stroll down memory lane. :)

Anna See said...

thanks for the memories! :)

Angella said...

Oh, man. Thanks for the walk down memory lane, Lou. xo

Avitable said...

Back in the day, I wasn't nearly as awesome as I am now.