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Thursday, September 4, 2008

Memories

Have you ever had a memory so strong that it literally took over all of your thoughts? This memory of mine has invaded my dreams, seeped into my subconciousness, and taken over every last thought in my head. I figured maybe if I post about it here, I'll be able to clear my thoughts before I start my new job on Monday. I'm 5 or 6 years old. It's a weeknight. We had just finished dinner, and were in the den watching the telly. I can remember being in my pajamas and sitting with my Dad in the recliner. The anticipation is absolutely killing me. It's just 5 minutes away, and I cannot stand it anymore. "Please, Daddy, make it start!" Dad answers, "Just a few more minutes, now. Why don't you go get us a cookie?" I run into the kitchen as fast as my little feet can take me to get us each a cookie. I climb up onto the counter, to get to the high shelf in the cabinet, where Mom hides the cookies. I eat one as I'm getting down, and bring two into the den; one for me and one for Dad. As I'm climbing back into the recliner with Dad, it finally starts! I'm so excited, I can't sit still and then I squeal with delight! Here is what I was waiting for: This memory has been extremely strong over the last few days. So strong that I had to find this on youtube, so I could get it out of my system. But when I saw it, it just made it stronger! Funny how a 53 second introduction to a television show can absolutely invade your every thought. But I don't think it's just the show. We watched that show every week when I was a kid. It was a big deal, because back then, there was no cable or satellite dish, you just had 13 channels of crap, and kids didn't watch a whole lot of TV. I was outside all day, running around and playing with friends. So watching this one show each week with Dad was very special to me. It makes me wonder what our kids will remember about us when we're gone. Will they have some special memories like this? Certainly not like this one, as TV was not and is not a special treat for them these days. I'm sure they'll remember some special times, as we've had quite a life together. I just hope they are strong enough memories to carry them through the tougher times when we're not around anymore.

16 comments:

Big Daddy said...

I have a memory of watching Mutual of Omaha with my mother.
But the one that's strongest doesn't make sense, They are celebrating 10 years of antigue roadshow on pbs.
Every time I watch this, I remember sitting with her and discussing it. From when we had the antigue bussiness together.
If roadshow is only ten years old....?

Mr. Motorcycle said...

Wow, did that ever bring back childhood memories for me watching that clip!

Glad you had a good one of your own.

B.B. said...

I got chills. That was my favorite! Even if all I could watch was the opening I was happy. I think the part of your memory that is so special is just being with your dad, sitting in his lap, and enjoying something together.
I hear you about what memories our kids will have. I hope these are the one's Riley will...his first ride on a motorcycle, Mom getting her first bike and how excited she was, riding as a family with Mom and Dave, Dave helping him learn to ride and get his own bike. Now those would be some good memories! ;)

Paula said...

What a great memory for me too! I used to watch that with my family too. My mom's favorite Christmas album is The Muppet Christmas. She still listens to it every year...had to make copies because she was wearing out the first copy.

Thank you, Ann!

mrs rc said...

Floyd was the best. He just laid back and chilled on his guitar. I loved how his hair "floated" when he moved! My Dad always loved Animal.

In junior high I had to sing "Rainbow Connection" and "Moving Right Along" from the original Muppet Movie. I still know every word of them to this day!

Muppets ROCK!!!!

FLHX_Dave said...

heh, oh yeah. I don't think about the opening, but what I do think about often is the one episode where Alice Cooper sings "You & Me" to butt ugly muppet. LoL, then the other one where the animals are singing, "Stop listen, what's that sound, everbody look what's going 'round" while dodging rampant hunters.

Now it's going to be stuck in my head...thanks alot!

LoSpace said...

I think I actually loved the intro better than the show!!!

B.B. said...

LOL, Dave everytime I hear that song I think about the muppets.
I just got the mail, and our Netflix movie came today....Muppet Treasure Island, how funny!

IowaHarleyGirl (Stephanie) said...

I watched the muppets too and would always dance and sing along with that opening song. My greatest TV memories though are watching Hee Haw with my Dad and knowing that it was almost time for bed when the credits rolled and the song played at the end of Little House on the Praire.

Kim Thomas said...

We have to build these memories for our kids. I have strong memories as well, alot of them with my grandparents. They are so precious to me.

Lady Ridesalot said...

The Muppets were definitely one of my favorites too, but thinking of memories. My dad and I would watch Friday Night Creature Features and eat pizza or popcorn and see how scared we could make each other. We used to play tricks on each other, like... leaving the room to go pee or something and when we came back, we would do it stealthily and yell "BOO!" or something like that on our way back in the room. We could always make each other jump. Thanks for the stroll down memory lane!

Queen B said...

thanks for sharing this :) It's fun to think about

Jane: a female given name of English origin said...

My favorite TV memories come from

"Hey you guys................."

Veronnica said...

In keeping with the Muppet talk! It was a regular thing for us growing up too! That and the Disney movie night! Those were the good ol'... oh nevermind!

Andrea said...

I think you and I are on the same wavelength because I've been thinking about the Muppet Show (as well as all thing Muppet related) for quite a while lately. I have a habit of looking at people and thinking about which Muppet they remind me of.

Thanks so much for bringing this Muppet memory back to all of us!!

Jinjer said...

Very cool, thanks for sharing! I have a bunch of memories, but the older I get, the more I forget!!