The Lady Scribes are pleased to welcome back reader guest blogger Misty Helm!
This morning I was watching Pawn Stars and saw an ad for Hot Huez, latest and greatest innovation for adding colorful stripes to your hair. Do you want that brilliant blue? They have it! Colored chalk that is kept in a compact where all you need to do is stroke it through a lock of hair and you can have trendy hair just like today’s celebrities. The show then moved into pricing an album full of Garbage Pail Kids. This got me to thinking about the 80’s.
It was the fun-loving decade between activism and grunge. When there were the two Coreys, Debbie Gibson, John Hughes and Kirk Cameron. Back then music and movies were fun! I couldn’t get enough of the two Coreys and I was a mega fan of Sixteen Candles and the Breakfast Club. My walkman was easily filled with the sounds of Debbie Gibson mixed with a little Poison.
When it came to style…who didn’t own a set of hot rollers or that light up magnifying mirror? Come to think of it, I still have both buried somewhere under the bathroom sink. What about the blue eye shadow to go along with the day-glow mascaras? I wore fingerless gloves, parachute pants, and brightly colored polo shirts back then. I could rat my hair sky high with the best of them and finish it off with Aqua Net spray.
It can easily be forgotten that many of our favorite technological toys of today actually had their early beginnings in the 1980’s. From the Nintendo Wii to the iPod, all one needs to do is think back to what gadgets they owned during this decade. Where would we be today had we never had a Sony Walkman or a Nintendo NES? The Walkman was the first portable music gadget, and boy did it ever get mileage. The Nintendo was the forerunner of gaming consoles. It gave us some of the most recognizable characters names that still exist today (Mario, Zelda and Sonic).
All in all the 1980’s was one of the most enjoyable decades of my lifetime. We were on the cutting edge of so many trends of today. When I look back at my childhood and early teens, there is so much nostalgia attached to it. The thing I loved best about that decade was remembering how carefree life felt. It was fun and it felt like that sky was the limit.
This had me wondering, what are your favorite 80’s memories? Or if you were a child of another decade, what are some of your favorite memories from that time?