Pimples needing Noxema, Lip Smackers’ teen spirited drama, 90210 boy watching, MTV still playing videos, Seattle Pearl Jam grunge wearing, Girl Talk–Faded Memories for me back in the 1990s!
See as a 1990s teen, I can still clearly remember being a teen over 20 years ago and viewing TV shows based on the latest “He is such a Baldwin” heartthrob that graced the covers of Tiger Beat. If you read issues of this magazine, then you are probably similar in age to me and also probably didn’t buy it so much for the articles, but for the hunky boys’ posters that were included.
I wish I had a picture of my then bedroom, where it was covered wall-to-wall in 1980s/1990s teen male hotness adorning my peach painted walls at this hormonal time of my life, because I guarantee all here would either die of laughter or hang their heads in shame as they might have had a similar decor in their own teen bedrooms.
But then again, better not to have any photographic evidence to incriminate myself any further. Still yet, I will out myself a bit (hey it takes a secure women to admit this) by divulging to all reading this know my teen boy shrine included Kirk Cameron, New Kids on the Block (NKOTB), Johnny Depp, Christian Slater, Luke Perry (the ultimate 90s bad boy from that famous zip code) and even Joey Lawrence (Whoa!).
Seriously, I will admit that I didn’t watch most of these shows for their enthralling plots, but instead for the male hottie factor.
But cut me some slack, as I was a teen girl with raging hormones and most definitely wasn’t blind to guy’s looks back then.
Now though at 37, a bit faded and a reformed wife and mother of two, I would like to think I have matured and can see past the aforementioned looks department in the opposite sex.
But yes, I do very much and very fondly remember this time in my life. Hell, I would still watch one of these shows in reruns or even love to see any of these actors if they were indeed acting in new, updated shows or at least I would have thought.
Yet, this all was about to change drastically for me.
It was a Wednesday night, when I normally watch ABC for The Goldbergs and Modern Family. But they were airing older episodes that I had already viewed.
So, began the channel surfing here on my part.
We have cable TV and over 900 channels and yet I couldn’t find much I did want to watch. Go figure!
However, I stopped when I came to ABC Family Channel, where the channel description listed two actors names I recognized who were similar to my age appearing. Upon seeing the names I thought, “Why not?”
That was my first, fatal mistake.
So, what show and what actors, you are probably wondering (if you are as curious as I usually am)?
The show – Melissa & Joey (this is where my husband asked me simply, “Why?”) and the actors, Melissa Joan Hart (of Sabrina the Teenage Witch fame) and Joey Lawrence (yes the same Joey Lawrence from Blossom that had my teen loins a flutter back in the day).
Granted 37 may not be old (or at least I keep trying to tell myself this). But when I was 16 it was ancient to me. So seeing these two actors, who are similar age to me all grown up, sent me reeling.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I get it I am 37 (just about middle-aged) and yes I am not a spring chicken myself with gray hairs, as well as wrinkles that were not there only a few short years ago sprouting up more and more each day.
But this totally hit home for me to be quite honest, as much as I tried to remain calm. Thank god, I have never suffered from depression (don’t get me wrong I am not making light of anyone who is or has suffered from this), because I got to tell you though if I did, I might have just ended it by putting faded self of out of my misery right then and there.
Poor Sabrina, the Teenaged Witch is definitely no longer a teenager and looks like she could be one of Sabrina’s much older aunts who took her under their wing.
And that isn’t even the worst of it, as she actually makes her co-star, Joey Lawrence look good in comparison.
I honestly am not even sure where to begin and if the classic, “Whoa” could describe it I would leave it at that, but sadly it is just so much worse.
Make no mistake his physique is still stellar, but his face for starters with this fake, almost orange tint half-baked glow and his matching reddish/orange flock of seagulls hair makes the former hottie teen star seem like a caricature of his former self.
It was just a sad day for this former, teenage, drooling fan seeing the once teen heartthrob that sang all about, “Nothing My Love Can’t Do” all grown up and middle-aged.
I get it now, if I didn’t before that evening, “Age Really Just Isn’t a Number”. We all grow up eventually (myself included) and my own former youth has all but faded now.
If nothing else though I have been cured of mindless cable channel surfing, because this proved that nothing good will ever come from it.
Now, please excuse me while I remain calm as I drown my middle-aged woman sorrows in a nice glass of wine, some Chunky Monkey Ice Cream and curl up with old reruns of 90210, where my faded memories still remain young at heart!
This post was written for the One Word Blog Linkup that is hosted by Lisa of The Golden Spoons and yours truly, too.
The words for this week were: Faded or Calm.