I don’t know about you, but I love the feeling of pure nostalgia. While certain emotional feelings might be tied to products and concepts that no longer exist, they’ll never disappear from my heart. Sure, being an adult has its perks (no homework, and I can go to sleep whenever!) Plus, it was the ultimate goal one could achieve while being a kid. But when I was a kid, I didn’t know how good I had it. Or, how creative I truly was. I mean, every doll I owned had its own personality.
Here are ten things from childhood that I really miss.
1. Puppy Surprise
How many puppies are there inside? There could be three, four or five! But there were probably three, since everyone I knew had three. In fact, I think I remember one friend had a defunct puppy with only one. I’m guessing that was a real story, and not just some type of “Puppy Surprise Urban Legend” that was passed around the playground.
2. Polly Pocket – When She Was Actually Pocket Sized.
Polly’s last name was “Pocket” because both Polly and her case could fit in your pocket. Note that her last name isn’t “Satchel”. Seriously. Make note of that, Mattel.
Polly originated from an idea created by Chris Wiggs in 1983, for his daughter Kate. By using a makeup compact and a small doll, he realized he was simply a genius. Bluebird Toys of England licensed the idea, and Polly was officially “born” in 1989. Mattel held a distribution arrangement with Bluebird Toys, and later bought them out. It was in 1998 when Polly morphed into a new form. In 2010, they even made her feet bigger. At this rate, Polly is bound to be Barbie-sized by 2025.
3. American Girl Doll Catalogs
We all loved the original American Girls, but know what was even better? The catalogs. These catalogs were a world of wonder for the girl who didn’t know the value of a dollar, and could entertain for ages.
I had Samantha, and always imagined how wonderful it’d be to have that tiny music box that came with the Samantha collection. In fact, I knew life would be better with that tiny little box. And the mohair teddy bear. Also, her school desk. And the winter muff. What’s a girl to do with a doll without a freaking muff?
Skip-It was smart, in combining both exercise and fun. In fact, it was a pretty simple toy. It was a counter with a loop on it. But you didn’t think about simplicity – or even exercise. You focused on the fact that your counter would have a way higher number than the girls’ up the street. One of the biggest threats you faced on a daily basis was whether or not some jerk would come over and accidentally reset your counter. Just imagine – all of that work, with nothing to show for it.
Here’s a fun fact: That counter was actually created during the second generation of Skip-Its, manufactured in the 90’s. The first version was released in the 80’s, and obviously served no real purpose at all.
5. Getting Lollipops From The Doctor
Also: the bank. When you were a kid, people were handing out lollipops left and right, to reward you for not freaking out in public. Of course you’re willing to accompany your parents on their mundane tasks if a lollipop was involved. These weren’t even Tootsie Roll pops – they were the standard, flat pops with the clear plastic wrapper.
Imagine how much more enjoyable life would be if there was a chance of a lollipop at the end of each and every chore? (Obviously you can go out and buy your own, but it’s just not the same.)