Good ol’ days

By Heather DiLalla
April 22, 2004

Steph Mangold

I know this sounds ridiculous, but I feel old. I think it started when Nick at Nite stopped showing “I Love Lucy” and “Bewitched” and began showing “Full House” and “Roseanne”. Growing up, Danny Tanner was like a father to me. Where did all the time go?

Lately, I have been catching myself saying things like, “Times have changed,” or “I remember when gas prices were 98 cents.” Hello? Do I sound like any of your parents?

But really though, isn’t it the truth? (There I go again!) I can’t wait to hear myself when I have children. I will probably be saying something like, “I didn’t have my first cell phone until I was 19.” They will most likely look at me like a have five heads, the way I looked at my parents when they told me they only had one black and white television with three channels when they were younger.

Watching re-runs of “Saved By the Bell” brings a tear to my eye. The way Kelly Kapowski wore her crimped hair on the top of her head, with her spandex pants and big bulky sweats mirrored my image what seems like days ago. A.C Slater’s washed out MC Hammer pants with the holes in them set the standard back then, of what was cool.

Fashion trends of the late 80’s, early 90’s are a completely different story. But I have two words for the women: French cuffs.

Growing up in the late 80’s were the good ol’ days. It was a time when children could ride their bikes and play outside all day long and have no worries. Parents today are forced to keep their children locked up in their houses all day with nothing but their Play Station 2s. Sure we 80’s kids had the original Nintendo systems that featured games like “Super Mario Brothers,” “Duck Hunt” and “Tetris,” but our love for TV tag and wall ball outweighed Mario and Luigi. Does anyone remember skip-it’s, slap bracelets or Lite-Brite? I sure as heck do.

Growing up is something we all have to do, whether we like it or not. Every minute is different from the last. It is exhausting to think about how quickly time goes by. One thing is for sure, live life to the fullest. Take chances throughout your life, and in the end, have no regrets because if you are living in the past, you will miss an incredible future.

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