If you follow me on Facebook, you might have seen this exchange between my son and I last week:
At first I thought this was just absurd of him…I know it was over 20 years ago, but 1992 feels like it was yesterday!
I suppose, however, my son views the 1990’s like I viewed the 1960’s when I was his age (in 1986)…
Okay, let me take a brief pause to let my oldness just wash over me.
Although I’m feeling slightly geriatric, I decided to use some of the precious time that I have left to dig out some of my keepsakes from the 1990’s so I could show the kids what living in ancient times was really like.
First, I showed them some of the old school Girl Scouts badges looked like, as well as some of the awards and honors from 1991-1996.
We talked about the clothes that people wore, the music that we listened too…and then they asked if TV’s were invented yet.
They believed me when I told them that TV’s had been around a while, but they were completely taken aback when I told them there was no DVR, no Netflix, no DVD players, and when I was their age, no remotes!
After they pulled themselves together, we explored some more…like how we only had the option of reading books made of paper and there was no such thing as an ebook.
Oh, and before Facebook, we would write our feelings down in personal diaries not as status updates for all our friends and family.
Don’t worry this diary from the mid-90’s, which is full of teenage angst, is written in a top secret code that my 8yr old just can’t break – you know, it’s written in cursive.
And before text messaging or Twitter, we used to hand-write notes to our friends on actual pieces of paper and they were almost always over 140 characters in length.
The notes were also mostly written in cursive, and some using actual secret code. After the boys tried and failed they asked me to read them a few so I did. Since they can’t read the cursive/code anyway I may have altered a few of them just a little like:
“I really love all the books that we are reading in class! I hope we get extra homework for the weekend!”
“I’m totally going to ride by bike after school until my Mom makes me dinner! I’m so glad that iPads and Wii’s aren’t invented yet, so I have nothing that makes me want to stay inside, rotting my brain rather than being outdoors enjoying my childhood!”
I’m not sure they were buying it.
They also didn’t seem to think that the pop culture of the time was all that interesting either once we dove more into the music of the time, but my 6yr old did humor me a bit asking which members of the New Kids on the Block were on my various pins and jacket. Neither of the boys could believe that the coat itself was a real relic from 1991 Magic Summer Tour given that it’s in such great condition.
They just don’t make ’em like they used to…
Do you have any artifacts from the 1990’s? What kind of things are you hanging onto? Do you feel like this was just yesterday too? Leave me a comment and let me know – I’d love to hear from you!