Great things my son may never know

I have grown up at a seemingly pretty awesome time in history. Some will argue that the decade of peace and love was the best, others may have fond memory’s of flapper dresses and bootleg gin. But for me, the late 80′s and 90′s is what I know. As great as this time period was for me it occurs to me that some of the greatest things about it will be lost for my son. He will never get to experience many of the things that I found truly wonderful and inspiring. He is the list:

  1. Making someone a truly great mixed tape
  2. The genius that was the Ren & Stimpy Show
  3. Thundercats
  4. VH1′s Behind the Music
  5. MC Hammer Pants
  6. Saturday Morning Cartoons from 6 – 11
  7. Five Star Trapper Keepers
  8. Dunkaroos
  9. Knowing all the words to the theme song to the Fresh Prince
  10. Those first 80 minute CD’s
  11. Monster albums like Pearl Jam’s Ten and Green Day’s Dookie – seriously, who didn’t have those
  12. That box of video tapes with movies ripped off HBO from when you had that free 2-month trial
  13. How cool Napster was and how you could spend an entire afternoon downloading music over dial-up and not care
  14. When your summer consisted of just a Super Soaker and Crocodile Mile
  15. Being one of like 5 people at your high school with the Nokia 7610 cell phone, and letting everyone know you had it 
  16. Who Framed Roger Rabbit
  17. Mortal Kombat for Sega Genesis
  18. Tear away Adidas pants
  19. Oregon Trail
  20. How Megatron could transform into a pistol in the Transformers cartoon
  21. Playgrounds made of wood and tires and other things you could hurt yourself on – not composite plastics
  22. For that matter – playing red rover at school and having it be acceptable
  23. When MTV played music videos – and when they were awesome
  24. Hitting someone as hard as you could with a Slap Bracelet
  25. Being sent out by your parents on a Saturday with nothing but your 10-speed and a pocket full of dreams
  26. A world before reality TV
  27. Reebok Pumps
  28. When Billy Idol taught you about sex with the video for Rock the Cradle of Love
  29. The life event that was the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie
  30. When you found the 2 secret warp zones in Marion Bros.
Pat Lemieux

About Pat Lemieux

Pat has it all, family, big old house, dogs, a newborn son and a quarter-life crisis. He blogs about trying to be who he has always been and be who he now needs to be. He enjoys 90's grunge metal, tasty local brews and the outdoors.