Life in the Nineties

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Status: In Progress  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Missing a time in your life where chaos was only in the movies? Take a journey to the past, when life was fun and hopeful.

Bring back the 1990s! The decade of hopes and dreams. My only worries consisted of singing like Whitney Houston, waiting weeks to see if Dylan loved Kelly or Brenda, believing Clarissa could explain it all, begging my parents to buy me tickets to see the New Kids on the Block, and praying Bobby liked me. I cared less about the label on my clothes and more about supporting my friend when he declared, “I bid blind nil.”

I spent hours outside attempting to play baseball and basketball with friends. After a few rounds, the blazing sun and high humidity ended our game. My clothes clung to my body, and I smelled like dirt and dog—so my mom thought. But nothing compared to the fun indoors. My friends and I laid sprawled out on the thick, brown carpet, fantasizing as we shuffled through the latest Teen Beat and Tiger Beat. I took precaution in making sure the pages didn’t stick to my cherry Ring Pop. However, conversations halted when Gwen Stefani’s “Spiderwebs” played on the radio. With my hairbrush in hand and crimped hair whipping my face, I belted out. The daydreaming continued at night, too. I sat on the grey living room sofa enjoying three-way, twirling the long phone cord between my fingers. Pondering an answer to the question, “Marlene, how do you see your future?” Filled with assurance, I respond “I’ll have a successful career, husband at twenty-five, adopted kids at thirty, and travel the world.” As I listen to my friends’ responses, I watch Tiger, my brown-haired German Shepherd with light brown eyes, wrestling with Simba, a brown and white-haired Siberian Husky with vibrant blue eyes. One protected me from strangers and the other protected against various animals. Both held my heart. Bring back the 1990s! Restore lost hopes. Fulfill broken dreams. Heal my heart.


Submitted: June 07, 2020

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