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.