Are you an 80s child? An 80s fan? Well, let’s take a stroll down some memory lane!
I was young in the 80s and have to admit that I am not as in love with some of the highlights that others are. I graduated in 1993 and wasn’t allowed to watch many of the movies that were pivotal in the 80s until the early 90s. Heck, “Dirty Dancing” was not allowed! I remember the “Brat Pack” and falling in love with “The Breakfast Club”. Molly Ringwald and Duckie were my next best movie friends. Madonna and Cindy Lauper were fun artists to listen to. Big hair, perms, and crazy makeup were the other trends. Crazy sunglasses and skateboards were also the craze. I loved the sunglasses that had the vent look to them. They were crazy and cool. I wanted a skateboard so badly, but I couldn’t make it work. I was horrible at riding one.
Chill pill was the most famous thing to tell someone. “Come on, take a chill pill!” What was your phrase that you liked to use? I even remember having candy that I called my chill pill!
I also remember having to wear dresses to school all the time! It was lady-like to do that. But growing up in Amarillo, Tx in winter when there was snow, was not so fun. So, leg warmers were worn! Man, I really wish that I would have kept those! I loved wearing dresses. I was blessed to have big elaborate dresses from my grandmother, and great everyday dresses that were hand sewn by my mother. I don’t regret wearing dresses and so wanted my own daughter to wear them when they were growing up, but they never had the passion for them like I did.
I also remember spending Friday nights listening to the radio trying to record those songs that you loved. I didn’t date, no one wanted to date me. Or it was Sunday countdown that I would record the songs. I had several bands that I tried to get their song on tape. Madonna, Duran Duran, Tears for Fears, Van Halen, Whitesnake, Culture Club, Van Halen, a-ha, and Michael Jackson. It is so funny to go back and hear those, because some of mix tapes have the DJ talking or a commercial.
I didn’t have many friends, in fact I learned that I had more acquaintances than actual friends. I do, however, remember how much I wanted to be able to have those necklaces that showcased best friend. You know the one I am talking about, the one where your best friend got one side and you got the other side. I never got to have one of those. I thought I had a best friend, but that came to not be true when she decided that doing drugs was more important.
Movies were a defining time for those in the 80s. There were so many of them that dealt with coming of age and high school. “Brat Pack” was a big deal. “Breakfast Club” was one of my all time favorites. I remember wanting to watch “Dirty Dancing” and my mom was appalled! “E.T.” was a scary movie in the sense that he was being mistreated by the scientist. “Back to the Future” was a fun take on the future! “Princess Bride” became my romantic movie. Whereas “Ghostbusters” was a fun movie. “Top Gun” was the movie to show arrogance.
These sunglasses also remind me of the show CHIPS and Eric Estrada! Oh, his smile!
If I was to create a locket to showcase the 80s, I would love to have the charms above to be in my locket. What fun it would be to be able to tell people why I chose the charms I did. What were the highlights of the 80s for you?
What would your #onestoryatatime be?