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Just yesterday, I woke up to a really interesting article that my mother sent me over Facebook — because of course, moms love Facebook 😉
But it was really interesting — it was titled, “10 Things Our Parents Did that Parents Today Should Bring Back.” And it was filled with traditional, common sense parenting tips that somehow have gone by the wayside in our nanny cam’d, “woke” society.
But as I was reading through this list of classic – yet simple – things like: making kids play outside, and family dinners — I realized that I miss how things use to be in the Nineties — the pace of life, the simplicity, the unplugged existence.
So here are a few things I wish we, as a society, could bring back as 2020 is on the horizon.
1. Eye Contact
Now, this may seem like a head scratcher — however, I feel like eye contact is a lost art in the world of smart phones. Have you noticed that, even when you’re hanging out with loved ones — eyeballs are hard to find anymore? There’s always a screen either in our hand, or on our wrist clamoring for our attention. And sadly, this staple action of conversation and connection is getting lost.
2. Phone Calls
Now, hear me out — yes, texting is convenient and efficient, and snap chatting may be fun — but both are so impersonal. There’s something about actually hearing a person’s voice on the other end of a phone, and picking up on their inflection, and tone of voice — you just can’t replace that. Not to mention, our reliance on texting has been detrimental to our ability to hold a conversation. Let’s pick up the phone and talk to someone!
3. TV Shows that weren’t…garbage
OK – this one will be controversial, because yes — we’re living in arguably the “best” era of creative content, thanks to the digital streaming wars. BUT — in the battle for viewership, TV programs are all about how far they can push the envelope — especially when it comes to kids and teens’ programming.
Remember the TV show, Bug Juice? Or Lizzie McGuire? Their plot lines revolved around hobbies, friendship, and crushes, and there was a feel-good lesson that you walked away with. Today, kids watch 13 Reasons Why — which romanticizes suicide, and Euphoria, which glorifies drugs and sex. Why are we rushing their loss of innocence??
4. An Unplugged Existence
Now here me out — I love Instagram just as much as the next basic girl. I live for a photogenic background and a Mayfair filter. However, I’ve noticed — at least in my own life — that Instagram is really interrupting my life and my experiences. I’m constantly documenting or thinking about sharing my experiences online, and it’s effecting how I’m interacting with the people I’m actually with!! How freeing to just hang out with people and not worry about documenting it. The nineties had it right — disposable cameras for the win.
5. Being Social — IRL, not through our Phones
Ah, remember the days where you’d just show up at someone’s house to hang out? Or *gasp* invite a friend over for your family dinner?? Relationships involved real face time – (In Real Life). There’s a connection you build with someone in the flesh that just can’t be replicated through a smart phone, sorry Apple.
Now this one may seem a little counterintuitive, given the fact that we’re living in an era where people bend over backwards to be as “woke” as possible. But I’m talking about tolerance of beliefs.
Today, there is a caustic divide in our culture — republican/democrat, liberal/conservative, believer/nonbeliever. The hostility between many extreme people is just mind boggling. Relationships can be shattered, simply because two people fall on different ends of the thought spectrum. Whatever happened to respect? To seeking common ground? Being quick to listen, and trying to understand? The anonymity of being able to spew hatred from behind a screen, has turned many of us into bullies, and armchair executioners.
This attack-dog existence over politics and schools of thought — it’s literally tearing our country apart at the seams, and it needs to stop.
7. PrimeTime TV (AKA — communal watching!)
Why do I love The Bachelor so much? Because it is one of the only shows on TV that still has a communal, nineties-style watching style. It’s on at a specific time every week, people watch the show in the specific time slot, and then talk about it with their friends the next day.
There’s none of this binge-watching, spoiler-culture, which — to be fair, is awesome and I love it. But I also love having TV shows that bring people together and provide a real-time shared experience that you can then theorize and talk about the next day. It’s fun, it’s exciting, it brings people together, and I love it.
8. Respect for Christian Values
I’m not going to harp on this, but the climate in today’s secular media all but demonizes traditional morality. Christian beliefs and values are made out to be close-minded, buffoonish, antiquated, oppressive, and bigoted.
And with such a rabid “Cancel Culture,” most people that do hold those beliefs have taken them underground, so we’re left with vanilla complacency, while the “woke train” keeps barreling full steam ahead, taking society further and further into the extreme.
The nineties had it right: families played an incredibly important role in the tone and direction of society. Respect was a staple in the fabric of society. And our culture at the very least, still acknowledged that God exists.
9. Rom Coms
Oh, to have a nineties-style chick flick resurgence! My Best Friend’s Wedding, 10 Things I Hate About You, You’ve Got Mail, Clueless — I’m sorry but if I see another superhero movie, or lame attempt at a remake, I’m going to scream! Thank goodness for the Hallmark Channel, that’s all I’m saying. At least there’s one source out there that still respects a classic, boy-meets-girl-and-falls-in-love-amid-some-silly-hijinks-along-the-way type of feel-good storyline!
So there we go, I hope you had some fun reminiscing about the nineties! There was a beautiful simplicity about growing up where you played in the woods, and didn’t have a cell phone, that really speaks to me.
We’re as technologically connected as we’ve ever been, and yet somehow, more personally disconnected than ever before.
Let’s bring back personal relationship skills. And interacting with people, rather than screens. And for heavens sake, let’s take it easy with our technology addiction!
That’s all for now!
“Bye, bye, bye!“
What are some things YOU miss about the Nineties?
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206 responses to “Nine Things I Miss About the Nineties”
I love romcoms! And I’m not sure exactly what you mean by Christian values, but if they involve family, honesty, hard work, and not throwing garbage all over the planet, I’m on board!
Thanks Paula! Yep! That’s exactly what I mean!! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
That’s a great post. I remember all those, though i preferred the 80s.
Reminds me of a post i wrote about social media these days.
Thanks Michael! Ooh I look forward to reading your post! I appreciate you sharing it. Hugs and love xox
I really enjoyed your post and agree!
Aw thank you Maz! I’m so glad!! Hugs and love xox
The personal touch. How I miss it! It’s gotten to the point where I sometimes wonder if a phone call is an intrusion on someone as opposed to the arms-length text. Texting has its place, but it’s way overused. Julie and I were talking about how people don’t communicate well at all anymore. I was asked to meet someone on business, but they never sent an address, and I couldn’t reach them by phone to find out. Maybe a result of the automatic computer age where everything just pops up?
I saw a video taken by a guy whose plane was going to crash. The pilot was heard on the intercom, “Brace-brace-brace!!” What was this moron doing? Taking a video of everyone instead of worrying about living through it!! How often do we see videos of people in dire situations worried about recording it instead of living through it!
Better stop there before I go into full rant mode. Just me agreeing with you!
The personal touch, yes! Thanks Jeff. I’m right there with ya! I’m always hesitant to call for fear of interrupting, so i just usually default to texting. So true – the art of conversation is seriously hurting. Seriously hurting. And the more i date, the more I can see that in the Wild haha Oh my gosh what a crazy story about that video. You’re right about that. Thanks for reading Jeff! Hope you’re having a great night! Hugs to you and Julie! Xox
In the Wild?? HAH!!!
Thank you for sharing this. This is a wonderful post. I must admit, I certainly do feel the nostalgia starting to set in a little bit.
I also miss the 90’s – it was full of fond memories growing up. I’d definitely say it was a much simpler time too.
P.S: (It’s now motivated me to try and build a time machine! 😁😁😁)
Thanks so much for taking the time to read it! Haha when you get the kinks worked out on your time machine, let me know! I’ll join ya!! Hahaha Hugs and love xox
Thanks so much 🙂 i appreciate you taking the time to read it! Hugs and love xox
I still write conversational letters, especially to my 89 year old Dad.
Oh that just warms my heart. Keep doing that Pete. So awesome. Hugs and love xox
Caralyn, my darlingmost wificle and I lay a table on the balcony, enjoy the stars and mountain views, watch the International Space Station sweep over or study the Southern Cross constellation, have a bite and a coffee and chill. Our TV feels so rejected…..hehehehe. Poor thing. Even the NCIS guys get jealous when we chill out like that. 😁
oh wow that sounds absolutely heavenly — literally and figuratively! 🙂 hahah yay for rejected screens! hahah
Oh, and ❤🧡💜💙
heheh 🙂 xoxoxo
How about Rocky 89.4? These stacked movies are so lame. If they didn’t get it right first time…….or people rising from the dead all over. But didn’t that start with Dallas?
I’ve actually never seen the Rocky movie!!! I know – such a scandal. Haha Hugs and love xox
You never missed out, trust me. Unless you like stories of little guys trying to prove something. 😂
hahah good to know!
Absolutely loved this! I miss TGIF!
aw thank you so much! I’m so glad! oh that TGIF line up was FIRE!!! hugs xox
Compared to what the average person has today we had little as we grew up but it was all we needed. Lots of activity with the neighbourhood kids after school and horror of horrors we actually could walk around town by ourselves without fear. We made our own fun, swam in creeks without being highly regulated by oppressive government restrictions and valued our parents. I feel sorry for our society today. Technology is not the key to happiness.
You’re right, Ian. It was all we needed! So true. Nature is the best playground 🙂 thanks for stopping by! hugs xo
Great post, we’ll done!
Aw thank you so much Leonard! Have a great night! hugs xox
Thanks so much Cindy! Have a great night! hugs xo
How about some good hair metal bands?!?
Side note, thanks for making me feel old! lol
oh yeah!!! hahahahaha gosh, i’m right there with ya! thanks for stopping by! hugs xo
I agree! So funny about Hallmark too and so true!😊 God bless!
I LOVE LOVE LOVE Hallmark! Can’t wait for the Christmas movies to start! haha hugs xo
I love everything about this post!! Definitely had me feeling nostalgic. Bring back the 90s!!
Aw, thank you so muhc Leigh! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post! I agree – bring back the 90’s! Glitter eye shadow and all! hahahaa hugs xox
There’re rumors of a Princess Bride remake. God forbid.
Haha oh gosh heaven help us! Haha Hugs and love xox
Noooooooo! Say it isn’t so.
Hopefully a rumor is all it will remain. This is just the first result from searching for “Princess Bride remake”.. I didn’t vet the source at all.
Gotcha – thanks for sending over your intel! Hugs and love xox
Yup!!! Exactly what I say too! I am determined to make sure my son has the same experience. ❤❤
That’s awesome! Sounds like you’re raising a great kid!! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
I wish America could roll the clock back several decades, a friendlier time in many ways. But wishing for something never makes it so… 🤔
I’m right there with ya John! thanks for stopping by! hugs xox
The club scene in the 90’s was a blast but completely hedonist (in the moment). Rave’s were happening, we were getting a lot of Techno music coming in too. It was a great time to be in your 20’s.
Oh my gosh what a time to be alive! thanks for stopping by Karac! hugs xox
I definitely miss the shows, movies, and time spent going out socializing!
Yes! oh my gosh TGIF was the best lineup on TV! THanks Natasha for stopping by! hugs xox
Agree with sooo much of this!! 🙏😁
Hi Kim! Aw, thank you so much – so glad you agree!! glad you stopped by! have a great night! hugs xox
I miss being the age I was in the 90s lol 🙂
Haha but think of all the wonderful life experience since then!! 🙂 Hugs and love xox
yes I would like the good experiences since then but keep the age of back then lol
Hahah gotcha! 😊
Every decade from the 50s onward has a different feel to it. The 90s was a very prosperous time in the United States. And yes, we weren’t plugged in too much until the new millennium. And now we have a smartphone. It’s one of the greatest communication devices ever invented. But like you said it has its downside. What you make me think of is family. Having family and friends is the best thing when it comes to grown up.
That’s such great insight. There are definitely pros and cons to the smart phone. I think you’re so right about that – family is certainly the most important!! Hugs and love xox
Oh so true.
Thanks Jb 🙂 it was a good time! Hugs and love xox
You are very graciously welcome BBB. 😊 Hugs and love to you.
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Thanks Tonya for the link up! Hope you’re having a great night! Hugs and love xox
Amen!!! Love you as always, beautiful friend. Hugs! XO 😄 ❤
Thank you Tonya!!! Love you too!! Happy *almost* Friday! Hugs and love xox
Could not agree more! I miss a really conversation with people not staring at their phones. We love all the same movies, apparently, too! Lol I was just thinking the other day that I need to watch You’ve got Mail again.
Aw thanks Sharon! I agree – sometimes I’ll look around and literally everyone will be looking down at their phones! It’s so sad. Hugs and love xox
Missed #10: FAMILY TIME. Too easy to neglect parental responsibilities with all the technological distractions that surround us. Spending time together as a family is what cements the values that carry us through the rest of our lives. There is no replacement for it.
You’re so right Michael! Family time!! What an important IMPORTANT part of life! No replacement – for sure 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Nice post dear, I hold no nastalga for the 90’s as I graduated high school in the early 90’s then off to college and then work, I hear people young and old talking about the nastalga from when they were younger and thinking it was a great time but in actuality every era has it’s positives and negatives it just depends on the view point you look at it from, from my view point it’s all been crap and still is as people still don’t have respect for other people that are different and are government isn’t helping things by trying to take away people’s civil rights and pushing us back into the 50’s.
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Thank you Dawn for sharing your heart on this. I think you’re right – we need more respect in this world 🙂 hope you have a great weekend! Hugs and love xox
Your welcome dear, yes we need lots more respect in this world. Thank you dear 😀.
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I loved this. Its sadly and very true. I miss the 90s. But I also grew up in the 90s. I cried when a Princess I only ever heard of tragically died. I remember cutting out photos of her from magazines and making a poster. Rushing through my homework to watch TV or play Nintendo. Playing outside with kids from around the block. Going to the schools on the weekends to play on the monkey bars. Now we have locked gates that surround school. They look more like prisons than school yards. TV is overrated and overpriced. Now everyone has a phone in their hand when the TV is on anyways. Family game nights are now boring. What happened to our country to make life so awful? I blame the internet. But then again look how far we’ve come because of it and how far apart we’ve grown. ❤
Oh good! I’m so glad this hit with you. Oh gosh that was such a sad day with Princess Di. Lots of special memories you brought up. Yeah – blessing and a curse. Hugs and love xox
Wow you brought up alot of shows and things that I forgot about!
Thanks friend! Yeah the nineties has a great tv lineup for sure! We could take a lesson! Haha so glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox
So much have changed.. different era…
Yes I become very nostalgic too
So so much has changed for sure. Thanks for stopping by Nita!! Hugs and love xox
Love 💗 flash backs..
Notting beats the good old days
I’m right there with ya! 🥰
Ugh I feel you! I miss a lot about the 90’s – phone calls, being more connected with people, etc. I’m a middle school English teacher, and I’m worried about this next generation of kids (Gen Z). It scares me how technologically addicted we’ve become, and how our values seem to have deteriorated. There’s just no respect for anything anymore!
Thanks Katie! Oh gosh yeah you see first hand the effects our technology addiction is having with the upcoming generation. Let’s bring back respect! Hugs and love xox
Oh man! I miss the 90’s as well!! one of the things i miss the most is music, I feel like an old person but the mainstream music nowaday’s isn’t that great. I remember the day that kanye west sang jesus walks & Diamonds…… it was really good. But i agree 100% on the rest of the things you wrote. Might I suggest watching indian movies i think you will like them a lot.
Thanks lovie! Oh yes the music was so fun!! I’ll definitely try some Indian movies! Thanks for the recco! Hh
Loved reading this. Having an unplugged existence and not being glued to a screen is practically non existent these days.
And YES, bring back those rom coms 😍
You’re right – nonexistent, sadly. Let’s bring it back!! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
There is no way to go back. Praying for more caring and social interaction of actually talking to each other. Media has its place but sharing with someone in person, is so much better! XOXO Love and hugs!
I will certainly join you in that prayer. Caring and social interactions are what this world needs!! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
I absolutely loved this post. It was actually very nostalgic. I call them the good old days, and I’m not that old, haha. You know how most trends cycle through and repeat, I really do wish, the simple life would return because its really ‘scary’ out there! I worry about ‘our’ children. Anyway, as you can see I really enjoyed your post, so thank you for sharing ⚘
Oh good! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Yes! Bring back the simple life! Hugs and love xox
Hugs to you too 🤗
The 90’s were great. But the 80’s were THE BEST. 😉🕺
Haha thanks Therese! I’ll take your word for it! 🙌🏼🙌🏼🙌🏼💃🏻 Hugs and love xox
Hay I love your first 2, there is something to be said for hearing aconversation.
Thanks so much! I agree, it’s so much more personal! Hugs and love xox
This. All of this. Every single word. Except the part about romantic comedies. Not my thing.
As to why romantic comedies aren’t my thing, though, I could give that an entire post, and then some. Nothing inherently wrong with romantic comedies. You do you.
Aw thank you so much! Haha that’s okay – rom coms are an acquired taste! Haha Hugs and love xox
Thanks for bringing back the memories. The nineties truely were amazing times. Sometimes I wish we could have the best of both times. The intimacy of the nineties and the tech of now. Im afraid that may never happen
Thanks Abel! So glad this resonated with you!! I agree- that’d be best of both worlds!! Hugs and love xox
Great post. You’ve got mail is one of my fav movies ever. 🙂
Thank you so much! Oh it’s such a great flick! Hugs and love xox
the first gif tho 😂😂.
Hahahaha thanks girlie 🙂 I thought it was pretty funny too! Hugs and love xox
Cheap gasoline, well many things were cheaper, when videogames didnt require the internet and you can get a game for under $40. It was also easy to get friends, didn’t have to worry about expenses either. Also instant messaging such as AOL or Yahoo. And when cartoons was good lol.
Thanks – oh yeah…oh to have those gas prices again!!! Hugs and love xox
Well, someone’s feeling nostalgic! Hehe 😉
Long time Caralyn, I don’t know if you remember me. 🙂
Anyways, just wondering, what prompted or inspired you to write this post? And don’t say God lol (jk) 😉
Looking lovely as always Caralyn! Ciao 🙂
Hahah thanks! Hey Psy! Yes absolutely!! The post my mom sent inspired me! Hugs and love xox
Ah right, you mentioned it in the opening paragraph, maybe I read through it too quickly lol 😉 good to hear from you, hugs <3
Love reading this post 😊
Oh good! Thanks so much!! Hope you have an awesome weekend! Hugs and love xox
Thanks a lot. Hugs and love 😍
I am not amazed that these same things made things work in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s with slightly different technologies, and slightly stricter mores. The losses of connection to family, privacy, respect, and compassion in the US, do not improve our lives. The current world of public anonymity promotes dispassionate and cruel ways of being. And we wonder why so much divisiveness.
The children of today are largely isolated in real terms, connected in virtual terms. The insistence on promoting one’s imago in a world of people with impossible perfection in every field is a contributor to the elevated suicide rate among the young.
You’re so right – we need to regain those personal connections. It’s a strange juxtaposition. Hugs and love xox
You always pay attention to the people who follow your writings. That speaks of your heart.
Thanks Von 🥰🥰🥰
So very true. It’s ironic that the technology that is meant to help bring closer together keeps us at a distance. I see it happening across all age groups, that we have losing the art of conversation and sincere interactions. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks so much Michael!! You’re so right – a very strange irony indeed. Connected yes super disconnected with those in our actual lives. Hugs and love xox
I’m a 80s baby 90s raised so I’m in complete agreement with everything you mentioned. I was only allowed to watch 2 hours of TV during the week, ABC’s TGIF was an exception to that so let’s say 4 hours. We played outside. Read books, wrote letters, had actual diaries where we bared our souls. I actually had a pen pal in Africa. Getting my first response from her was so cool, mail from Africa I felt so important to get a piece of mail. Le sigh I do indeed miss the 90s. Great post.
Thanks so much Andrea!! Oh dang TGIF was the absolute BEST!! As was playing outside. Remember razor scooters?! So fun! Hugs and love xox
Yes, the art of interaction, polite interaction with a stranger, is drifting.
I so agree Debra! It’s an art form and we’re losing it!! Thanks for stopping by! Have a great weekend! Hugs and love xox
A big YES on #6. Agreed!
Thanks Clinton! Yes! Glad you think so too! Hugs and love xox
Every generation thinks there generation is the best. I of course agree with the majority of this post. I certainly do with number 6. Tolerance and communication, and the ability to agree to disagree without throwing darts at each other is paramount. Today’s polarized climate is dividing this country and causing unrest when we should be embracing diversity and learning from our different cultures and backgrounds. Unity not division should be what we promote. This is far healthier. I have my thoughts on “christian values” however I will defer my thoughts to my next post.
Thanks Bruce – you bring up a great point. Yes! Tolerance and communication! Hugs and love xox
Yes, yes, yes to all of this!!
Aw thank you Carly!! Hugs and love xox
You want to hear about innocent times? I grew up in the 50s. Don’t get me started…
Hahah gosh – that is the decade I think i was supposed to be born in! Thanks Rollie for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
I miss the nineties fashions. But for sure, the years I remember with fondness are the mid 70s and the 1980s, as I was a teen in the 1980s, and we all remember our teens very well. 🙂 Great post! Maybe I’ll write one on the ’70 and/or ’80s. 🙂
Oh the fashions were so fun!!! Thanks so much 🙂 big hugs xox
Telephone conversations can be hard emotional work……………….. that’s why we should make them!!
You’re spot on about that! Thanks A! Hugs and love xox
Your piece was sweet. The past can always be romanticized. Number by Number or point by point.
1. Yes eye contact is less now, but the more fear in the society the more introversion the less eye contact. Most of us even without cells are either distracted by the task at hand or focused on it so as to avoid eye-contact. (the 1960s, 70s and early 80s seemed to have more eye contact) When I go to the market I try to make eye-contact.
2. Phone calls – agreed. I have a cell – its a dumb phone.
3. I didn’t have a television in most of the 80s and 90s. So no comment.
4. Unplugged. YES! Disposable cameras no – on an ecological basis – at least not sure of the recycle-ability. I was a film photographer even had a show, but the chemicals involves very toxic and NOT recyclable. Good thing digital photography arrived on the scene.
5. Being social – Right Arm!
6. Tolerance – yes we were more tolerant. Part of the divisiveness is a cultivated thing by main stream media see https://washingtonspectator.org/taibbi-10rulesofhate/?fbclid=IwAR3bWAroWyCISarFuD8uuNX-JN_P3ScZMSH8bV7myFJNNIbAdTzziT96LAw
7. no opinion
8. Respect for almost all values – yes.
9. Rom Coms yes – Superhero movies well… I’ve liked a few. Where are the Superhero Elders movies? lol
Thank you Kai!! You’re right about that — hooray for tolerance! I look forward to reading that article! Thanks for passing it along! Superhero Elders hahaha love it. Now THERES a franchise opportunity! So glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox
that picture is cute overload
The 90s were good for me, with high school from ’92
Thank you David
Oh – to be around you when the next superhero movie comes out! 🤣
Actually, I think the current superhero craze may embody the same things that made romcoms great – fun, banter, innocence. Only with more, you know, throwing people through buildings 😉
I love what you have to say here!
Hahaha throwing people through building 😂😂😂 too funny! Hugs and love xox
Wow, I can’t agree enough with all your things that need to come back from the 90’s. Thanks for a thoughtful and spot-on article.
Aw thanks! I’m so glad you think so! Hugs and love xox
I love it when young people reminisce about “The good ole days”. Your look back on the 90s made me realize that I entered the 90s older than you are today. My childhood had black & white TVs in most houses where announcements were being made on some shows, “Now in LIVING COLOR!” (Not in our house).
All phones had two cords: one to the wall and the other from the receiver to the big ugly ten pound rotary dial box that rang louder than a fire-house alarm.
A computer was something you saw on science fiction or police movies that did amazing things that you knew never happened in real life. It was also the size of the Epcot Center and probably cost as much to build.
Christian values were a given and were taught at home and enforced by not only your parents but your friend’s parents with assumed permission. The school, while they had lost the Constitutional right to allow prayer, didn’t listen and continued to any way.
This was life in the 60s and 70s. Granted, there are people older than I am who still think I’m just a kid. They may be right.
Keep up the great work, Caralyn.
Love and Blessings,
Thanks Jim for sharing your nostalgia!! What a time to be alive. It’s incredible how far computers have come! They’re now on our watches!!! Have a great day! Hugs and love xox
I agree with the person who stated that every generation thinks they lived the best. I was born in 1968. My teenage years were in the 1980s. I do remember having ONE TV and 2 phones that were connected to a wall. I used rotary phones and the TV was black and white. Eventually, the TV was color. And, there was no remote. My parents were in charge of the TV and everything else in the house.
We were taught values and beliefs and went to church where we learned even more. We had rules and chores and had to stick to them or there was punishment.
Supper was all of us around the table. Dad started working shift work at some point and was not always there for supper, but we had the meal together without him. When my brother and I were older, we waited for Dad to come home to eat <3
There were family times and family TV times. MASH and Happy Days and Little House were the types of shows we were allowed to watch. I still love these shows 😀
Anyhow…times change. That doesn't mean people need to change everything to make society happy. I prefer eating supper with my husband and relaxing with him watching the news or something of value. Yes, we watch silly things too! No romantic comedies. He doesn't like them.
Olay, I have gone on and on enough 😀
I pray for a simpler life. I agree with everything on your list 🙂
Thanks for sharing your nostalgia!! I miss those family suppers 🙂 Happy days! Oh my gosh The Fonz!!!! Thank you for your kind words! Hugs and love xox
Thank you for sharing yourself <3
xoxoxoxox 🙂 🙂 🙂
“Ah, remember the days where you’d just show up at someone’s house to hang out?”
I was just going on about this last week and as a result killed my FB page… Until I got the flu and was home for three days.
I miss having real face to face time with friends.
Oh, and I miss when MTV actually played music. 😁
I miss both those things too!! Remember TRL?! Thanks for stopping by! Hugs and love xox
Oh yeah! I had forgotten about that! Sometimes I’ll use YouTube for that feel. I love that bands are still making videos.
I do too!!
I miss my low tech car: a 1992 Pontiac Sunfire. I could change the temperature or the radio without looking because there were no giant screen to navigate. In the 90s a car was still just a car.
Those were the days! Now you have to have a coding degree simply to turn on the radio!! Haha Hugs and love xox
I agree with eye contact!
Yes! It’s so elementary and yet incredibly important! Hugs and love xox
Yeah I remember calling girls and was a bit nervous in case I would get the father on the phone :), haaa those were the days. I try as well to cut off the phone when I am at the restaurant or hanging with friends, even sometimes during a train or bus trip, just to remember how it felt like. On a side note, I am a christian myself and it sure is getting worse as time goes by so that is a sad thing but we need to remain strong :).
Thanks Joney – haha oh yeah I remember those nerve wracking moments!! thanks for stopping by! hugs xo
My nostalgia for things I miss goes back much farther than the 90s but the list wouldn’t be much different than yours. There’s a genuine sincerity that comes through your posts which I assume comes from your character. It’s admirable.
Oh gosh, thank you so much for saying that 🙂 I appreciate it!! so glad you stopped by! big hugs xo
Let’s see, if I may. . . the 90’s would be the 60’s for me. So we are talking the space race — we beat the Russians to the Moon. Yea! A Sting-Ray high handle bar bike (the kind you have to pedal yourself) with a banana seat and a high back — great for clamping cards to so they flap as the spokes hit them. Little League baseball. Walking a mile to school. Putting up with your sister’s friends around the house. Board games. Fishing — lots! Birds with an anger problem was because you disturbed their nest — oops. The Beatles. (The 90’s were good also.) -Jeff
Hey Jeff! Oh wow what an exciting to be alive!!! I love that – so much authentic fun 🙂 thanks for sharing those special memories. hugs xo
You were really cute back in the 90’s. 🙂
hahah awwww thanks 🙂 i can’t get over the outfits! hahaha 🙂
And the flat-top haircut like Dad’s.
haha yes!!!! so classic 🙂 hugs xox
Many of those on your list were true in the 80’s, 70’s, 60’s…… It was somewhere past WWII when people started worshiping the greenback over God and we have continuously sank into the cesspool of “progression” since. Then, in the early 70’s it became important to keep up with the neighbors and get whatever they had. The 80’s brought a further slip away from God, and every decade since many have determined God is cliche. I personally miss the days when there was no rating scheme on TV because ALL shows on TV were family oriented and anything the least bit risque was on after the children went to bed. Sorry, got a little passionate about that.
Hi RI! Thanks so much for this thoughtful reflection. You’re so right about that – i miss family oriented TV shows! It’s crazy — these days shows on “ABC Family” are just as trashy as network and cable shows! it’s bonkers! I appreciate the passionate response! glad you stopped by! big big hugs xox
Yes, we’re all more connected, but the connections are superficial, so a lot of people feel more lonely and detached than ever. I am the last dinosaur without a cellphone, and I try to stay connected to nature instead. By the way, you have 44,161 followers, and I am not far behind with 45 followers (ha ha.) How do you get so many? Great article!
Hey John! Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts on this! oh wow! I admire your holdout on the cell phone front! that is some willpower right there! haha thanks for stopping by and for your kind words! big hugs xox
Another great post. Brought back memories of my childhood.
Thank you Amanda 🙂 I appreciate it! Yay for walking down memory lane!
I truly appreciate this countdown. I grew up in the 80s & 90s and know for certain that our attention spans, tolerance, and values have changed considerably. Now a days there are more emails and shorter text messages because people don’t care to listen or pay attention to what is being said. Millennials (not meaning to rant) and post-millennials are now in a rush to get their word in and get to the end of a sentence that they speak in a blur and are on to another point or topic well before the first one is truly resolved. I almost wish that we could go back in time like an Issac Asminov book (do you like that dated reference?) and warn our 90s cohorts what to expect in the 20 years to come and how to prevent it.
Also, while Saved by The Bell was awesome, Zack Morris was trash! There is an entire Facebook account dedicated to why.
Thanks for reading. I love your posts.
May God bless you.
Thanks KMB! I’m so glad this resonated with you! Haha yeah I have seen that Zack Morris group – it definitely is pretty funny! Yeah – hindsight, right? So glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox
One day we will look back on these days as the “good ‘ ole days”. We don’t tend to realise what we have until it’s gone. I often look back to one Christmas we had with our house full of various eccentric old relatives. I now miss every single one.
I was older than you but I still had a great time in the nineties. I had possibly an even better time in the eighties. I miss those innocent days, where we once had hours of fun throwing snowballs at each other over the roof of our American house.
One day, we will likely miss these days and the people who are in our lives right now.
I try to remember that each day.
I miss my father and my grandmother every day, so most days I try to be a little more loving to the people who are left in my life.
i think you’re so right about that — it’s an important perspective to keep — time is something we cannot get back, so we’ve got to cherish every moment. hugs xo
I always think of the Bread/David Gates song ‘Everything I own”. People tend to see it as just another romantic song. It is not.
David Gates wrote it to his father. It is about the yearning for one last conversation with his father. We often do not get the chance to have one last conversation.
We need to have those conversations with our loved ones every day.
i’ve never heard that song! i’ll have to look it up. sounds powerful x
Everything I Own by David Gates and Bread.
oh! haha — thank you!!
Being a Hopeless romantic, I’m with you about the RomComs. Yes.. I’m a guy, but I do like the occasional RomCom. “You’ve got mail” is a personal favorite. I’ve even seen the old film its based on with Jimmy Stewart called “Shop Around the Corner”.
I’m also with you about numbers 5, 6 & 8… I am mostly disgusted about the hypocrisy of the liberal political system in which they speak about tolerance and publicly demonize anyone who doesn’t share their beliefs. Its so sad.
This was a great article. It actually made me reminisce about my own 90s and even 80s related things that I miss. I miss the 80s tv shows. Haha.. Now I feel like a dinosaur.
oh You’ve Got Mail is a classic!! I’ll have to check out Stewart’s movie! thanks for stopping by! haha definitely not a dinosaur! 🙂
Loved this post! I am so with you about no. 8! And thank you for the glorious trip down memory lane!
Oh good! I’m so glad this resonated with ya! Hugs and love xox
Good post. I remember the 80’s and 70’s as well. Each decade gets more corrupt and cold as time progresses. Sad, sad, sad. Although your reminiscence of the “good old days” is a different decade than my own, I totally agree with your thoughts about it.
Thanks 🙂 sad is right. We’ve gotta get back to the simplicity of those times! Hugs and love xox
I really miss going to the video stores and renting a movie. I really miss being in my 30s instead of being 56 years old. I really miss the TGIF television lineup on Friday evenings.
oh gosh – that blockbuster life! i miss it too! hugs xox
You’re an old soul in a millinnial body. Perhaps that’s why this old man enjoys your posts so much.
hahhahaah this made me laugh out loud!! thanks so much Jay 🙂 hugs xo
I miss the Disney Renaissance. Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King, Aladdin…those movies were made for families to enjoy together. The animation, stories, and songs were all top-notch quality. The 90′ also gave us “The Prince of Egypt”, an epic Biblical story that gives me goosebumps whenever I watch it.