When I think of my childhood growing up in the 80’s, there are 5 things that come to mind that I would like to share with you that they don’t even exist anymore. With that said, here are my 5 things:
Penny Candies – I remember going to my local store with a quarter and would come out with a whole brown paper bag full of candy for a penny each. It kept me and my friends on the run the entire day with all the sugar rush. These days, there’s no such thing as a candy being just a penny. You’d be lucky if you find one for a nickle. I feel bad for kids these days who have to shell out a buck to get the same amount of candies as we did for a quarter.
Scooters with Real Tires – These days, they have these metal scooters with small wheels. I mean the best part is that you could fold them and make room in the house. But they are nothing compared to the ones I grew up with. The scooter I used to have had real tires where when flat, you’ll have to fix it. But it was more fun, more comfortable and you could do a lot more with them. The ones today seem more cold and less friendly than those I’ve known to love.
Old Transformer Toys and Others – I know that they still make Transformers and G.I.Joe these days but it’s just not the same. The G.I. Joe toys are not recognizable. The Transformers that I used to by were made out of metal. These days, they are made out of plastic. The quality of toys in general these days are not the same as it was when I was a child. It just seemed more fun to play with back then as it is today. I shake my head sometimes when I see companies trying to re-live the 80’s by re-releasing them. But it’s just not the same.
Saturday Morning Cartoons – When I was a child in the 80’s there was a routine that I had. Woke up at 6am. Ate breakfast, then it was off to watch Saturday Morning Cartoons till 1pm. Then it was off outside with my scooter to get penny candies. With the advanced cable channels, now there are 24 hour cartoon channels which in a way is a good thing for children, but the quality just isn’t the same. When you look at an 80’s cartoon show as to a cartoon from 2010, you could already spot the difference. Just not the same at all.
Video Games for 25 cents – One thing I remember was always going to the arcades and spending an hour on just one game for a quarter and creating a crowd to look over me saying ‘Oooooo!’ But now, you’ll be lucky if you see any arcades at all. These days they have places like Dave and Busters or Chuck E. Cheese. But it’s not the same. Dave and Busters, you’ll need a card to play a game while at Chuck E Cheese, the kids are so young they just don’t appreciate the games as they break them like it’s nothing and those that look fun to play with cost as much as a dollar. That takes the fun out of it all.
My kids love it when I talk about how it used to be back in the 80’s. How everything was more fun. They always tell me that they wish that they lived those years just on the fun factor alone. What they need to do is have an 80’s holiday where for one day, companies can bring back all the stuff that were fun to us and spread the love to the next generation.