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Old 07-18-2016, 01:42 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The Wonder Years (Just finished watching all 6 seasons)

When I stopped working 58 hour, 6 day weeks and went to 500-1300, straight-8 work days, I found myself with some time to crash for a while in the a/c in the afternoons. It was then I found one of my favourites on Netflix.





Ah, man.... that song brings me back. The Wonder Years started in 1988, which would have made me just 6 years old when it aired January 31. I suppose that means I was about halfway through kindergarten, being in the older half of my class, the class of '00, missing the cut off by a few months to have been in the class of '99. The show saw me through the end of elementary school, and into the summer approaching 6th grade.... Middle School, as it ended May 12, 1993.

But ah...... that song. I remember running into the living room when I heard it start, not wanting to miss one minute.... granted, most of the time I was parked there, ready to bask in those first few notes.

For sure, it's suffice to say, it's one of my fonder memories with my family.



Watching it again though has been a whole new thing, being about the age my parents would have been, during the last season. (That's almost mind-bending to imagine)

My parents would have been a few years younger that Kevin Arnold when the show opens in 1968. He was 12, they'd have been 9..... and I was certainly a fair bit younger then he, but seeing a kid on TV was pretty cool I guess.

It's interesting to imagine what my parents were thinking about the show at the time, as I haven't talked to them about it yet.... but that was basically THEM looking back on THEIR time..... not just me, now, looking back at growing up.



The show has definitely made me feel some feels..... how could it not?! There are a lot of moments where I wondered how I was in a situation, or saw something that I related to at any given moment. The story of the parents and the adults, as well as how they are seen is good. It's made me wonder about some 'could have been things' and some 'wish they weren't a-bins'..... about friends and lost loves.


Last weekend I was heading back to my hometown for a family thing, but on the way I decided to get in touch with one of my best friends from about 6th grade until about 12th grade when we had a falling out of sorts. Her and I never dated, and I'm not sure the when one felt that way, the other did at the same time..... but we were always super, super close.

I guess the Winnie Cooper character made me think of her. I think there was a lot of love between us, but for whatever reasons it never took. Anyway.... we've kept in touch on and off again over the years, maybe coming close to coupling up a short time after highschool, but mostly letting our differences pass (whatever it was at the time), and never really dwelling on why we never got together. But had a load of life together.

She is the friend who kept me from slipping into a really dark hole when I was 16 and life was falling apart all around me. Her, her Mom and her Dad really.... I nearly lived on the couch that summer.... I just had to escape my house and they afforded me the place to do it. For that I'll be eternally grateful.

To the present, we sat on the back porch of the brewery in town from 1600 until about mid-nite doing all sort of catching up, as it'd been 5 years since we'd seen each other last..... It was really a blast. We ended up going to a vets club and having a few more drinks, and finally ended up taking a walk in a near by creek around 130 in the morning. We, gave each other big higs, as when we greeted and parted ways, agreeing that 5 years was too long.


The moral, I guess, is that the show got me thinking a lot about the important people in my life..... and the special friends that I'd lost touch with.... or maybe kept my distance from, for reasons I am not sure really matter anymore. Lord knows I bum into 'semi-strangers' from high school, who I knew, but never got to know, and had some good times when I was back in town for an evening. And in the past few weeks it's gotten me to reach out to a few and see how they were doing..... It's for the most part been a good experience and an interesting reflection on the 'who we were' moments as we get to know each other again.


Not sure where to leave this post....
But when I have thoughts on my mind... YaHooka,
you're definitely part of my Wonder Years of sorts.

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I think zoltron and mothernature share my feelings about that show since we were close to that age. I was 13 in 68 so that show brought shivers of deja vu.
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I'd appreciate some reflections like that.

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Hi Roach-o. Was just thinking about you.
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Summers I'm from NY to Florida, Winters I now spend in Holly Ridge, NC. , Where neighbors are quiet and weed is LOUD. Currently in the Burgh for the birth of my son's new twin baby boys, and to rehab my first surgery of a broken wrist . ( Gained 12 screws and two plates :-[ )
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Summers I'm from NY to Florida, Winters I now spend in Holly Ridge, NC. , Where neighbors are quiet and weed is LOUD. Currently in the Burgh for the birth of my son's new twin baby boys, and to rehab my first surgery of a broken wrist . ( Gained 12 screws and two plates :-[ )
Cool, and congratulations on all that.
If you know you'll be around I'll be located there for the next 4-5.
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