Posted by: canaryinacoalmine | April 2, 2007

my bday card posting at 80’s party this last weekend. I have 10 more days in my 20’s

We are the children of the Eighties. We are not the first “lost generation” nor today’s lost generation; in fact, we think we know just where we stand – or are discovering it as we speak 

We collected Garbage Pail Kids, Cabbage Patch Kids, My Little Ponies, Hot Wheels,  He-Man action figures and thought She-Ra looked just a little bit like I would when I was a woman. Big Wheels and bicycles with streamers were the way to go, and sidewalk chalk was all you needed to build a city. Imagination was the key. It made the Ewok Treehouse big enough for you to be Luke.   The kitchen table and an old sheet dark enough was all you needed to make a tent in the forest. The world was our backyard and it was all we needed, outside of a portable tape player while Debbie Gibson, Tiffany, & Sheena Easton sang back up.  Everyone wanted to be, “Like a Virgin” while wearing fingerless gloves.We read Judy Blume and watched Kids Incorporated.  Friendship bracelets were ties you couldn’t break and friendship pins went on shoes – preferably high top Chuck All Stars.   Folding your jeans was in as were layered socks, jean jackets,  jams, charm necklaces, side pony tails and just tails a.k.a. mullets.  Sit’n’Spin always made you dizzy but never made you stop; Pogoballs were dangerous weapons and Chinese Jump Ropes never failed to trip someone 


Today, we are the ones who sing along with Bruce Stringsteen and The Bangles perfectly and have no idea why. We recite lines with the Ghostbusters and still look to The Goonies for a great adventure. We flip through T.V. stations and stop at The A Team, Knight Rider (who can forget KIT), and Fame.  We learned family values by watching The Cosby Show, Family Ties and to this day do not know what Willis was talking about.  After school specials were only about cigarettes and step-families, the Pokka Dot Door was nothing like Barney, and aren’t the Power Rangers just Voltron reincarnated? 

The back door to your house was always open for neighborhood friends to drop by. Entertainment was cheap and lasted for hours.  However, the world STOPPED when The Challenger exploded.  Aids was the biggest scare while promiscuous sex was rampant even though more people died of Cancer than AIDS in the 80’s. Divorce became socially acceptable  

In the 80’s life was tough.  We were young and spent more weekends grounded than in Midtown.  Life wasn’t instant satisfaction, it was the Reagan era when we all were to “say no to drugs”  (did it work).Now that we’re older and can look back at the good times we never knew we were having lets not do that now. 

Thank-you so much for joining us and helping us celebrate our birthdays.   

All our love, 

Cathy & Jessica.


  1. You forgot the parachute pants.

  2. Being thirty isn’t all that bad. Happy Birthday in advance hon.

  3. ive got a post about just this sort of thing that ive been trying to write since last year. well done.

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