Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Time Warp

Well, yesterday was day 2 of the great basement flood clean-up, and last night we tackled the extra large storage closet, also known as the time warp. Let's just say that after I entered the time warp I felt a little like Brendan Fraser in Blast from The Past. (Yes, I know, I'm probably the only person on the planet who sat through that entire movie. I didn't see it at the theater though, which was probably good because I got way too excited during the swing dancing scene. But, as usual, I digress...) Upon entering the time warp, I quickly realized that I was no longer in the year 2008. No, it was quite obvious that I had, in fact, been transported back in time to the year Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Two.

Yep, I think my entire childhood was contained in that storage closet, and here is just a sampling of the things I found in the time warp.

1. My dance costumes for each of the years I danced, including an entire bag full of dance shoes.

2. A box of Barbie dolls and Barbie doll clothes, including a pair of stylin' Barbie cowgirl boots.

(I only wish mine were still in the original boxes!)

3. One of my softball uniforms, complete with glove and cleats.

4. Chatty Patty. Anyone else remember her? I tried to find a picture of her on the internet, but couldn't find a good one.


5. Every piece of Strawberry Shortcake and Cabbage Patch Kid paraphernalia I ever owned. Oh yeah, vintage, early 1980s, baby.

I had completely forgotten that I even had most of this stuff, and now that it is sitting in the middle of my living room floor, I'm wondering why I still have all of this stuff. I mean, it is very unlikely that I am going to play softball in my pointe shoes, or that I am going to play with Strawberry Shortcake's Berry Happy Home anytime soon. Maybe I should give it away or sell it? What do you all think? Do you still have your childhood in boxes, or have you parted with it yet? And, even if you have parted with it, what was your favorite childhood toy?

Just as a side note, I will say, however, that I am holding out hope that my Easy Bake Oven and Atari 2600 are in one of those boxes. Because I would totally bake George a cake and then kick his behind at Pac-Man. That would be kickin', don't you think?


Meredith said...

AWW! I loved hearing about your old toys! I loved Barbies too! I think I had about 15 to 20 of em! HA! I remember Strawberry Shortcake! I still think she's so cute! My favorite, though was definitely my kitchen I had in my bedroom. I played w/ that all the time!!!! No wonder I love to cook!

Kristen said...

You sound so much like me! I HATE clutter, but I do keep memorabilia from my childhood.
I loved my Skip-it, Hugga Bunch, Easy Bake Oven (the thing you put the pan on to place in the oven always seemed to get stuck in my oven and my cakes would be a little gross), Dress and Dazzle, and Light Bright to name just a few!
What happened to the good 'ole days :) Fun post!

Julie said...

LOVED THIS POST! I remembered several of the items you mentioned, especially the Strawberry Shortcake and Cabbage Patch Doll. I named my first Cabbage patch doll after my 2nd/3rd grade boyfriend!!!!

Jenna said...

Ahhh, memory lane! I remember so much of what you mentioned. How fun to uncover all of that. I would have a hard time knowing what to do with it all too. I am so sentimental I usually keep things that could (and should!)probably go. Fun post!

Julia said...

WOW! That really is a blast from the past!!! I totally remember all of those things! I'm almost 32, so those things were way popular when I was a kid.

Kelly said...

I can't believe you still have all that stuff. We must be the same age - all of that is VERY familiar!!!!

Kristen said...

I was just checking on you with all the flooding in your state!
Mother Nature is too generous sometimes!
Hope you, your family, and home are all okay!

Shana said...

Okay, so I confess I love the movie blast from the past and how he was so oblivious to the sleaze of the present day. And I've seen it all the way through three times! (Don't tell)
Also I think I had each of those toys you were talking about, with exception of the Barbies (I had one but I never touched her).
And just an interesting note, my mom was so determined to get me (her only child) a cabbage patch doll, during the crazy attack the store as it opened time, that we drove 25 minutes to a lady's house out at a farm and she was selling them from her basement (weird). Her name was Theresa and she had freckles!
Sorry about your basement.

Josh & Sarah said...

Oh, I'm so sorry that you got water in your basment!!! Cabbage Patch and Strawberry Shortcake dolls were some of my favorite things to play with, and now Hannah loves playing with them, too. My mom saved far more than I probably would have. :)