Childhood Memories

I’ve been feeling a bit nostalgic lately and have enjoyed finding some old photos of my childhood.  I had such a great childhood and can’t say enough about my wonderful parents.  Even though they had some really tough times financially, we always seemed to have everything we wanted and more.  I can remember my mom standing in line at Toys R Us for hours to get me a Cabbage Patch Kid…remember those?  I was so in love!  
So, the first thing I was absolutely obsessed with as a child was Scott O’Dell’s novel, The Island Of The Blue Dolphins.  My mom would read it to my brother and I every day and to this day it is one of my favorite books.  My mom even found an original edition at an antique store and wrote an inscription to me. This is one of my most cherished things.
How about Maui and Sons?  Does anyone remember wearing those hot pink sweatshirts?  How about Hot Tuna?  
My Little Pony.  My brother snuck into my room one night and cut off all the hair.  So traumatizing.
Every week in elementary school we got to visit the library and check out a book.  This book always went first!  We were so jealous of anyone who got to read it for the week.  Isn’t it funny the things that are important to you when you’re little?
Old school Nintendo.  We got ours when I was in the 6th grade.  I got a horrible case of the chicken pox, then the hong kong flu.  My brother and I played Duck Hunt like it was going out of style.  Because of all the sickness at once, I got Mono (no I didn’t kiss anyone!  I was in the 6th grade)!  I had to stay home from school for 3 months and had a home tutor.
OMG does anyone remember these?  My dad drove us all over town trying to find different packs of them. Why on earth were these popular and why did our parents let us have them?
Safety Pin bracelets.  I had a booming business in 6th and 7th grade with these babies.  I loved making them and made some money at the same time.
And finally those adorable Cabbage Patch Kids.  Who could ever have enough?
I’m not sure how many of you can relate to my childhood or the things I love.  It seems like most of you bloggers out there are in your 20′s, so we’ll see who actually remembers these things.  I’d love to hear from any of you who loved the things I did or tell me what you loved from your childhood!
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  1. Ahhh, great trip down memory lane! I loved my Cabbage Patch Kid named Brian! My sister was really into My Little Ponies. I have a few of the Shel Silvestein books. Love them! We were the first on our block to get a Nintendo and always had all the neighborhood kids over for marathons. We had a signup sheet and held tournaments. We were serious about it! Hahah! I’ve never heard of Maui & Sons or Hot Tuna. Was that a California thing? I read somewhere recently that they are making a Garbage Pail Kids movie.

  2. I remember Island of the Blue Dolphins! Loved that book. Speaking of great books, I dropped by to tell you, that after a year of purchasing your book, and my life isn’t in turmoil, I’m finally getting around to reading it and I LOVE IT!!! It’s the first book in awhile, I’m actually reading so quickly because it keeps me engaged and I really want to know how it all turns out. I’m almost done! Just wanted to say, Great job! Miss ya!

  3. Cabbage Patch Dolls! My sister had her birthday party at the headquarters in Cleveland, GA. There were dolls EVERYWHERE!

  4. OMG, Island of The Blue Dolphins was by far my favorite book. I have it sitting on my bookshelf now and was thinking of re-reading it since I dont have any other books on my list right now! LOVE IT!

  5. Hahaha, I do 90′s posts on my blog every so often and just loved this post! It brought back so many memories. I had forgotten all about Island of the Blue Dolphins. I loved that book!! And safety pin bracelets… safety pin everything! It was nuts.

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