Saturday, September 18, 2010

This is Why We Own The Pancake Puff Pan

Remember when we were kids? Remember life before ubiquitous computers and a laptop for every lap?  And remember life before eleventy-thousand cable channels all telling us what to buy? Remember before cross-marketing - before your toys appeared on cartoons, had their own website, and little substandard versions would appear in your Happy Meals?

Remember when the Sears catalog would come out around Thanksgiving? Remember sitting hip-to-hip and cheek-to-cheek pouring over that inch-and-a-half thick tome with such loving reverence and awe? Remember turning that last page that transitioned from the bikes to the camping equipment?  Remember starting back at the beginning of the toy section again and again?

Remember the hell that would come crashing down on the unsuspecting child who dared rip a page from its spine? Remember fighting tooth and nail with your siblings for the opportunity to browse through its pages alone? Remember imagining receiving just the right Barbie Townhouse/Dream Car/Giant Hairstyle-able Head?  Who are we kidding?  We wanted them all.  Remember when Christmastime started *after* Thanksgiving, not before Halloween had even ended? 


Today, I remembered all those things in an instant.  When the IKEA catalog came.

9 comments:

Life As I Know It said...

I remember the Sears catalog well. I'd pour over it before Christmas, circling the things I wanted.

Golden said...

LOL! I so understand. MY IKEA catalog is sitting on my bedside table waiting for me stay awake for more than 2 minutes before bed.

Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

It does sometimes seem like life was a little richer when everything wasn't so available.

Jason, as himself said...

Remember when I used to stare for hours at the men's underwear section?

Fickle Cattle said...

Awww. In our country, Christmas starts on September. Seriously. We are playing Christmas carols on the radio already.

I am Fickle Cattle.

Tracey - Just Another Mommy Blog said...

Nice. I SO remember those big Christmas catalogs... We circled and wrote our names and fought over the right to ask for something FIRST...

Ah, memories.

sitting on the mood swing at the playground said...

I loved the day the Sears Christmas catalog arrived! After my brother and I fought over it, we used different colored pens to circle which items we were dreaming of (as though my mom would have confused our wish lists).

Bug's been singing Frosty the Snowman for 2 weeks at our house.

Kate Coveny Hood said...

That brought back a lot of memories... I can actually remember how I felt when looking at pictures of play houses (that weren't plastic OR covered in pink and purple stickers).

Ash said...

I can still picture the pristine white ice skates I never got. Bottom left corner of the page. Seriously.

Sob.

Curse you Santa!!

 

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