Here Are Some Blasts From The Past That Only 80s Kids Can Truly Appreciate
Missy aka Tizzy
On 13th June 2018
The 80s was one of the best decades to live through. It was so full of color, great music, and was the last decade where we felt safe leaving our kids outside to play all day unsupervised. Times have definitely changed, and we cannot say that they changed for the better. We live in a digital age where kids and adults alike are always connected to their devices. We are becoming detached from true social interactions, and the creeps have all come out of the woodwork. They are scary times, but thankfully we still have our memories of better times in the past. Here are some things that will definitely make you nostalgic.
We did not have phones where you could dial *60 and block a number back in the day. If you wanted to stop someone from calling, you had to take the phone off of the hook. On another note, kids these days would have no idea how to dial out when presented with a phone like this.
As kids, if you wanted to know the lyrics of a song, you picked up the cassette and looked through the insert. As times went by and CDs became popular, they came with books that also held the lyrics to the songs, but most recently, they no longer do that, so you have to Google the lyrics.
We did not have all these fidget spinners growing up like kids have now. Instead, we had to look for trees that had these things we called helicopters on them. We would hold them up high and let them go to watch them spin to the ground.
You think there are a lot of bullies now, back when we were growing up, the bullies were encouraged to hit us with the premise of playing a game of dodgeball. All of these years later, I can still hear the sound of one of these nailing me in the back echoing through my ears.
These were not hair brushes, they were torture devices. It took forever to get the knots out of your hair and your whole face got brushed with it. It was a truly painful experience.
Slip n Slide
Pools used to be extremely expensive back in the day. Only rich people had them. So, we had to find other creative ways to keep cool in the summer. One of those things was setting up a slip n slide. We oiled them up, turned on the hose, and crashed our bodies down on them while sliding across our yards.
We did not have all of these wooden and fiberglass swingsets that kids have nowadays. The supporting poles would go a few inches into the ground, but if you swung too high they would pop up giving us mild heart attacks.
We think this photo says all anyone needs to know about the 80s.
Our parents used to make us watch this so we knew that there were some dangers out there. We also had that mysterious voice that would pop up on television saying, "It is 10 pm. Do you know where your children are?"
This is something that carried on through the 90s as well. We used to fold up our notes into little boxes or triangles that were a pain to open up in order to pass messages to our friends during the school day.
Every house had a huge box of crayons, broken and whole. You could literally smell the box from the other side of the room whenever it was taken out.
Merry Go Round
We are not sure why they would call this a merry go round. It was a death trap. It got you good and dizzy and most of the times you fell off of it in a total daze. Many bones have been broken from this ride too.
Back in the 80s, things like second-hand smoke were not things we worried about. In fact, we did not really worry about much. We were even allowed to drink beer from our parent's cans as long as it was just a sip here and there.
You think kids nowadays get excited when they see the golden arches, you should have seen us back in the day. McDonald's had the best playground. It didn't even bother us that it was made entirely of metal. We burned our asses anyway and loved it.
Scratch n Sniff
You have no idea how excited we would get over these scratch n sniff stickers. They are the main reason why we were so well-behaved back then. If millennials were blessed with scratch n sniff stickers like we were, the world would be a better place.
We grew up in an era filled with bright colors, turtlenecks, and corduroys. We did not look like fashion models. Our skirts were long and our privates were covered. It was the last real generation to not sexualize children.
I dare you to say that you grew up in the 80s and did not know a single person with this couch. I am pretty sure I knew at least five people with this eyesore. Most of them had them in their basements.
Where You At?
We did not have the means to text our friends or track GPS to find out where our friends were hanging out for the day. What we had to do is walk around the neighborhood until we found a group of bikes.