“Now, this is a story all about how
my life got flipped-turned upside down,
and I’d like to take a minute, just sit right there,
I’ll tell you how I became the prince of a town called Bel Air”
– Fresh Prince of Bel Air
Does this take you back in time?
When I was younger, I would try to sing along to every word of my favourite TV series, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air. I would be completely bummed out if I jumbled up the lyrics. It got to the point where my brother and I would record the entire introduction, and we would rewind and play – just so that we could get it right!
Being a 90s kid, I remember rushing home from school and changing out of my school uniform so that I could gear up to go rollerblading with my friends. The boys would be doing something sporty outside for sure.
If we weren’t being adventurous outside, my friends and I would be watching Spice Girls music videos on a cassette player, trying to mimic every dance move.
Gone are the days where children would rush home when the school bell rang, so that they could slip into something more comfortable to go play outside with their friends. ‘Playing’ could entail riding a bicycle, playing hop-scotch, climbing a tree, or acting out an episode of Power Rangers.
Today’s generation will never understand the hype around trying to master Michael Jackson’s iconic moonwalk, and watching Pepper Ann, Doug and Recess religiously. They will probably never experience the thrill that you get from knocking on neighbours’ doors at night and running away… If you are a 90s kid, you should know exactly what I’m talking about!
Those were the best years of my life
Children of today don’t get to experience the fun activities that we did when we were younger. This makes me excited to have kids of my own, so that I can do things differently. My children and their friends will get to experience the joys of hopscotch, on-on, stuck in the mud, tok-tokkie, and hide-and-seek.
We need to remind ourselves, and our children, that
“Laughter is timeless
Imagination has no age
Dreams are forever” – Tinkerbell