Good Morning America celebrated the “Awesome Eighties” every day last week. I really enjoyed looking back at the styles, music, and trends of the eighties, and it started me thinking…What was I doing during the eighties?
Let’s see…I began the eighties in my mid-twenties, with only one child, and ended the eighties in my mid-thirties with three children! I guess I don’t have to tell you what I was doing during part of those awesome eighties!
I spent fourteen years at home, raising our family. Ten of those fourteen years took place during the eighties. I was a bit preoccupied during the awesome eighties…
During the time I stayed at home with our children, I did various things to earn and save money. I learned how to make and decorate “character cakes”, and I made and sold children’s birthday cakes for a little while. I used cloth diapers with the first child, and made most of my own baby food with the next two. I sewed most of my clothing, and some of our daughter’s. I made curtains, throw pillows, and various other things for our home. Later, I learned how to make dolls, and sold them and handmade Christmas ornaments for extra money at Christmas.
During the eighties I finally got my driver’s license, and gained my independence. I really didn’t have a choice anymore–I was now somebody’s mom and chauffeur. I spent three years of the eighties taking little ones to preschool classes–five mornings a week. On Monday afternoons, I also took our daughter to dance classes.
One activity that I remember well from the eighties was going camping. Our family purchased a used camper in 1986, and that was the beginning of a family adventure that lasted nearly a decade! Our family had a lot of fun in that camper! It was our “home away from home” for two full weeks every summer, and lots of weekends in between. You wouldn’t believe the stuff we could pack inside the hallway of that camper! Five bicycles, lawn chairs for everyone, a cooler, a grill, a camp stove, and various other assorted accessories! Sometimes we even threw in a wading pool or the guinea pig and the parakeet!
For a time, every Friday night at 10 o’clock found me glued to our television set! I loved watching Don Johnson on “Miami Vice”. Who knew someone could look so good wearing a black t-shirt with a white suit–and no socks! I’ve dreamed of visiting Miami for over twenty years now–and finding Don Johnson in that white suit!
I was notorious for cutting the shoulder pads out of my dresses and blouses back in the day. Occasionally, I still do. I can’t stand all the extra bulkiness! I hated stirrup pants, but finally gave in and bought a pair of them before they went out of style. They drove me insane every time I wore them–just like I thought they would. There was just something so wrong about that piece of elastic under the arch of my foot, and it made my feet sore!
I did love the bright neon colors of the eighties though, and I dressed my children in the bright colors for spring and summer. I have lots of pictures to prove it–probably much to my children’s dismay! They had school pictures taken while wearing those bright neon-colored shirts! I still love neon colors to this day…
I kind of liked the “big hair” look of the eighties, but didn’t have the right kind of hair, or the patience to pull off that look. I never managed to get my bangs (or my daughter’s) to flip back and layer the way some people could do–not even with all the gel and hairspray in China! In fact, my own hair managed to get shorter (with a little help) with the addition of each child! I barely had enough hair to comb by the end of the eighties, but it didn’t bother me a bit!
I’ve enjoyed this time spent reminiscing about the days of the eighties. To me, the 80’s weren’t as good as the 70’s, but they were better than the 90’s. What do you think? And what were you doing during the awesome eighties? I’d love to know as I hop on board Tuesday’s Train!