Thursday, August 12, 2010

Another loss, more hormones & lots of TV...Mommy's Piggy Tales #9 & 10

Last week I was having my guest blogger week with birth stories, so I didn't write my Mommy's Piggy Tales post. This week I'm going to just lump 7th & 8th grade together. This actually works out because they flow together in my mind.

This is the only picture I could find on my computer or Facebook that was around this time - I'm in the middle with the khaki shorts. This was at the end of 8th grade.
Age 12 or 7th Grade
Age 13 or 8th Grade

The biggest thing I remember about middle school is that my uncle died in my 7th grade year. He was only in his 40's. I have 2 cousins, one a year or so younger than me & one a couple years older than me. This was my mom's brother, so I remember my mom falling apart & I remember not knowing exactly what to say to my cousins. They're both boys & seeing how we were young & not as close as we are now, I just couldn't find the words & didn't know what to do. It's incredibly difficult to observe & experience something like this even from the more distant position I was in. Even looking back, I can't imagine what it was like for my cousins. We can talk about it a little now, but it is something that will always, understandably be a difficult topic. 

There are a couple of other big themes that stick out in this time period. For one, I remember everything just being boys, boys, boys!! Hormones were raging!!! I had so many crushes. I still remember that feeling of just being head over heels for some silly boy who you've never really had much of a conversation with.

This was also the age of Leo. OMG Leonardo DiCaprio. Romeo & Juliet. Titanic. The Man in the Iron Mask (what? the one where he has nasty dread hair?? - yes, even that one). I was a big fan.

This also began my love affair with TV & movies. South Park aired for the first time when I was in middle school. I've never been a huge fan, but I remember it being a big deal. Does everyone remember TGIF with Boy Meets World? Yes, awesome. This was big. Party of Five was in its peak & Scott Wolf was so cute! Jennifer Love Hewitt was also at a high point in her career! BUT, bigger than all of that...

Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired in the spring of my 7th grade year. Oh yes. Me, my dad & my brother watched this together every week! It was absolutely fabulous. I am still a huge fan & have all the seasons on DVD - as well as a few collector's dolls I've gotten as birthday gifts from some super cool friends & family members!

Friends was also in its 3rd & 4th seasons. This was also a family time show in my house. I remember when it switched to Thursdays, it used to be a big deal if I would ask to do something on a Thursday night because that was when we all watched Friends together. At least me, my brother & my dad. There was a lot of junk that happened in my life over the next several years, but these weekly Buffy & Friends nights stayed fairly consistent & that will always be special to me, no matter what people may think about TV watching & our culture. It bonded us. I still watch both of them on a regular basis. Luckily Lewis is a big fan of Friends & my best friend Diana is a big fan of Buffy!!

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Crystal said...

LOL! I so could've written a lot of this! I didn't get into the shows until maybe 8th/9th grade, but I will sheepishly admit I liked Buffy (I have a thing for fantasy- good vs evil), and I loved watching TGIF! It was a big deal! Boy Meets World, Sabrina the Teenage Witch were my favorites among others that came and went over time. I never did get the big deal with South Park. And I was never a Party of 5 or a Friends fan, though it seemed I was the ONLY one who wasn't!! And of course you already know about my own Leo obsession! Crazy looking back at it all!!

Lilac City Momma said...

Loved all these shows too!

flyrish said...

Huge Buffy fan here! Oh, how I miss it. Love this Mommy's Piggy Tales series.

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