On the way home from school today, baby girl asked me a question.
“Mama, have you heard of Pippi Longstocking?”
“Our teacher read us that book today.”
It’s a real full circle moment when your child starts to get introduced to what you used to watch…. sooo long ago. I remember when she learnt who Mr Squiggle was last year… that dude is an Australian childhood institution!
I got her to tell Hubbie over dinner, what she found out about today.
“Who?” he asked.
“Pippi Longstocking!” I said.
“I don’t know him,” he replied.
“It’s a girl!” I cried. “Are you kidding me? You don’t know Pippi Longstocking?”
“Never heard of her.”
“How? This is when we were growing up! That’s like someone from our generation saying they don’t know He-Man.”
“But I know He-Man.”
“Yeah, but imagine they didn’t.”
We grew up with 5 channels, not an abundance of options and on demand services like what we have nowadays. And even though back then it was probably considered more of a girl show, I am still baffled as to how, with such limited kids content, with only certain times of the day where kids programs would air, that he NEVER came across Pippi Longstocking, with the curvy plaits going out to the sides in a smile.
I even brought up the theme song… oh it’s engraved in my head! Even after all these years!
Anyway, all this talk made me think… what was your childhood show? What show do you immediately think of, when you think of your childhood?
What show is synonymous with you growing up?
This could be anything. You could have grown up in the 70s, 80s, 90s, even the 2000s… for me it was the 80s and early 90s, and I struggle so hard to pick just one show.
So I will be cheeky and pick three.
Duck Tales. “Duck Tales, woo ooh!” I loved that theme song. Huey, Dewey and Louie were fun to follow, and their great-uncle Scrooge McDuck, well, who could understood him?
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. They were huge, EVERYONE loved them! My favourite was Donatello, because he was purple, and I liked that colour (typical 7 year-old rationale).
And finally… who can forget Scooby Doo! Oh gee. The amount of kids that scared themselves silly watching that show, huddled over, on, or behind the couch, terrified of the bad guys out to get the Scooby gang… that show was seriously freaky stuff! And then we all went to school like nothing at all happened, only to do it all over again the next morning.
What show do you think of when you remember your childhood?