Saturday, February 19, 2005

Material Girls

If you were a girl who grew up between 1980 and 1992, do you remember...

The Rainbow Brite specials?
The My Little Pony specials and "My Little Pony and Friends?"
The Yum-Yums? (Stuffed animals with glittering, candy-scented stomachs)
The annual Strawberry Shortcake specials?
Rose Petal Place?
Lady LovelyLocks?
Maple Town?
Jem and the Holograms, and the dolls and their awesome wardrobes?
The original Care Bear Family cartoon?
Plastic chain-link charm bracelets?
Slap bracelets (before adults decided they were dangerous)?
Neon shoelaces?
Your first scooter or pink or purple, of course?
Having your own Debbie Gibson hat that you wore everywhere, no matter what the occasion?
Working out with your own "Get in Shape, Girl!" equipment?
Getting dressed up in a frilly, high-necked, almost Victorian-style outfit, complete with shiny leather shoes, to go out to dinner with your family or for a special occasion at school?
Wearing dress-ups (maybe Mom or Big Sis's 60s and 70s hand-me downs) to dance along with Madonna, the Bangles, the Go-Gos, Tiffany, Pat Benetar, Olivia Newton-John, Heart, Joan Jett, Whitney Houston, Tina Turner, and Wilson Phillips (on your own tape player or record player, of course...or, if your folks had some money, CD player)?
Watching "Full House" because you thought John Stamos was really hot?
Reading "Sweet Valley High," "The Babysitters Club," the American Girls books, Christopher Pike horror novels, "The Nancy Drew Files," or various short-lived "Sweet Valley" imitations like "Hart and Soul?"
Grabbing the newest "Choose Your Own Adventure" story the moment it hit the library?
Playing "Mall Madness" and "Girl Talk" at slumber parties, then watching a video of "Who's that Girl?" or "Sixteen Candles"...and gossiping when Mom said "lights out?"
Talking about boys and life and dreams long into the night with friends or siblings?

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