Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Back to School Essentials

Do you remember when you were in school, how there was some fad "must have" that you couldn't live without? It happened every year -- even in high school.

1967 -
"Mom, I need a Footsie. Everyone at school brings them to recess, and I am the only one who doesn't get to Footsie across the asphalt. I'm left out Mom. I really, really need one."

1968 -
"Mom, I need Clackers! This kid in my class has one and we were playing with it at recess. It's so much fun. I really need my own so that we can do Clackers together."

1973 -
"Mom, I need a Pet Rock. And don't jut go outside and get one from the yard and put it in a box. I need an official Pet Rock. Everyone is bringing their Pet Rocks to school and pretending they are really pets. I need a pet too Mom. It's the only thing I want for Christmas."

1975 -
"Mom, I need a clogs. Everyone, and I mean everyone is wearing clogs. I'm the only sophomore at Highland that doesn't have a pair. Even Dave McFarlane has clogs and he's a guy. They have to be clogs from the Clog Shop in Trolley Square, Mom. Have you got that? Clog Shop in Trolley Square. It's the only thing I want for Christmas. Oh, and one more thing . . . I need the giant Lip Smackers. It's a new lip gloss that's really, really cool, much better than Chapstick."

1977 -
Mom, I need a pair of Nike shoes -- the ones the Charlie's Angels wear. All my friends are getting a pair so we can match. It's our very last year to be Charlie's Angels together Mom. I need a pair so we can take a picture."

Good times. Good times.


I needed to remember this today because I'm being hounded (and I mean HOUNDED) for the latest fad, and it's driving me crazy - Silly Bands.

Just thought you should know so that you can be on top of things as you are buying your back-to-school supplies, and avoid the whining that comes with the "must have" begging.

Post Script: In case you were wondering, I sprained my ankle on the Footsie, bruised my arms on the Clackers, never got a pet rock, or the Charlie's Angel's shoes, but I somehow survived. I did get the clogs -- and wore them all three years of high school.


Ashley @ Life Is Beautiful said...

Every kid I've seen for the past two months has had these on! haha.. My oldest nephew loves them. I thought about buying him some because I surprised them all with school supplies this year, but after buying for four I realized I couldn't afford four packs of them! haha

Bethany @ Organic Enchilada said...

I know there are tons of these things that I can't think of...I was in high school from 94-98... I remember in fourth grade it was trapper keepers. Everyone wanted a trapper keeper, and for some reason, the teachers hated them and they were banned about two years later.

I hope my kids don't catch on to the silly bands thing... :)

Jenni said...

the kids that i teach are crazy about these things!!! they are annoying if you ask me, but every wants 'em!