Here’s my goofy, little entry for this week’s Trifecta Writing Challenge. I often go with the first idea that pops into my head. This was one of those times.
RULES: All entries must be between 33 and 333 words and need to include the following word using its third definition:
1: free from dirt or pollution
2: unadulterated, pure
3 a : free from moral corruption or sinister connections of any kind <a candidate with a clean record>
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A year in the life of my childhood
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The year was 1983
The times? They were so simple
Cabbage patch dolls everywhere
Reagan was the president
And Swatch entered the scene
As did jellies, Rubik’s cubes,
And McNuggets as cuisine
My fashion was inspired by
Madonna, Flashdance, Lauper
‘Cause MTV was everywhere
So I looked like a pauper
The music was my favorite
Boom box on every shoulder
From Dexy, Prince or Men at Work
(It so sucks getting older)
For film, we had The Outsiders,
Big Chill and Valley Girl
And Vacation with Chevy Chase
Gave the Griswolds to the world
But I was still a little girl
My parents weren’t mean
They just wanted to be sure
What I saw and heard was clean
Enter Mr. Cosby
And his one-man show ‘Himself’
I must have pulled it fifty times
Off our VHS tape shelf
The jokes, they were all perfect
The dentist chair he faked
I won’t forget the joke about
“Dad gave us chocolate cake!”
Thank you for the memories
Of this, a lifetime chapter
But most of all I thank you, Bill
For all my family’s laughter
Well done, ODNT!
Sadly, I caught all the references in this. My joy at there being no “big hair” was tempered by Madonna, Cyndi and Dexy.
You should stalk Bill on twitter until he reads this!
Well done! Mags sleeps with my very first Cabbage Patch doll. The name that came on the doll’s “birth certificate” is actually Mags’ real middle name. Coincidence…I think so. 🙂
I enjoyed Bill first on I Spy. Good actor and comedian. Brought back a lot of memories, 29 going on 30.
we are from a generation older . . . listend to Bill Cosby on records (!!!!) or vinyl as some call them today. 🙂 I still remember “Hey you! Almost a Doctor!” and nanananananaaaaaaaaaa
lol thanks for the memories of good, clean, fun. (so unlike the Rusty Warren record hubbymoose introduced me to later – “don’t doooooooooooooooo it!” sigh)
Bill Cosby, king of all things clean. For my club it was the Fat Albert.
I love your time stamp. It is quite inspired, and inspiring. I grad high school in ’85. =)
Wow, you captured that time really well! All the pop culture references were spot on. And the chocolate cake? Who can forget all that chocolate cake?!
For some reason I thought you were younger, but reading this, I think we must be from the same generation. My parents also worked to keep it clean. We couldn’t even watch MTV 🙂 Cosby was permitted and I found him quite entertaining. Thanks for the trip down memory lane (thank goodness I’m not old enough to have completely lost my way down that path!)
Love this. I graduated high school that year, and the references brought it all back like it was yesterday! 🙂 Thank you!
Bill Cosby is totally awesome. It’s funny, all the things you associate in those first two stanzas stand for darker things for me. Sesame Street and Bill Cosby were things I had to be a teen to fully appreciate. I totally didn’t like him when I was little. (now? Love the guy.)
Thanks for linking up to Trifecta this week. I love all the references here. Jellies. I had completely forgotten about the jellies. The precursor to the Croc, right? 🙂 Thanks for the trip down memory lane. Nice job! Hope to see you back again soon.
I forget how long it was since the Cosby show. God I must be getting old!
‘You can dance if you want to…’ Nice ode to a decade. The early eighties for me, I spent drenched in liquor — woo hoo!