So, I wrote a huge essay on everything that haunts my memory. I recently read a fellow blogger doing a throw back Thursday prompt about favorite things from their past. I’ve decided to highlight 1978, the 3rd grade version of myself.
It’s truly hard for me to narrow down to one favorite.
Favorite Relative: My Mom, RN (yet mostly housewife), best friend, creative partner. Next to her, my cousin Becky (the same age as my brother, 5 years older) who just exuded cool. Still close to this day. I think back then I wished she was my sister. My Uncle Bob, who was artistic & collected comics.
Favorite Tv Show: Happy Days, Welcome Back Kotter, Eight is Enough, Wonder Woman, Little House on the prairie, The Gong Show, Candid Camera & What’s Happening! to name a few.
Favorite Album/Song: As a kid I was a huge KISS fan. I specifically loved bass player horror nut Gene Simmons (who I would regret meeting later in life), I had a Meego Gene Simmons doll and his KISS solo album. One of my favorite songs off this very disjointed album was the horror tinged opening track Radioactive.
Favorite School Subject: Art & Reading
Favorite Teacher: Mr. Fehr. He was a very cool teacher. I remember when our class learned about how local government ran, we built a city out of painted card board boxes in the classroom and acted out different city wide departments.
Favorite Friend: From Kindergarten to 6th grade my best buddy was a kid named Michael Kotsch. We rode bikes, played with hot wheels cars, created a club called Eye spy on the private eye. Weirdly later in life Mike would Marry my Dad’s cousin Barry’s Daughter. I don’t really have ties at all to my Dad’s side but it is kind of wild that my childhood buddy married into my family.
Favorite Toys: Aside from the Gene Simmons, I also had a Spider-man and a GI Joe doll with a bat mobile but I didn’t have a batman doll to go with it. 🤣 I loved playing with my Star Wars Action Figures & Playsets.
Favorite Vacation: Yup I will have to go with the one and only time we went to the Jersey shore, specifically Wildwood. Mom & Dad grabbing my hands and picking me up when waves came in, chickening out on Dracula’s Castle but walking thru the very cool King Kong ride. My souvenir from that vacation was a pink cat with diamond eyes. Honestly, family vacations growing up our parents took my brother & I to (drum roll) the horse races. Yeah, definitely not a family friendly vacation.
Lastly Favorite Holiday: Thanksgiving. My Mom made the best bread stuffing. I have never been able to replicate it. My wife’s Nana’s recipe came very close. Mom made enough to stuff the bird, enough to put around the bird and additional. It was incredibly addictive. Our family gobbled that bread stuffing more than the turkey itself, in second would be the Good Friday Fish Fry my dad made with scallops, breaded clams & oysters, shrimp & haddock. The reasons for the holidays not so much but the food, mouth waters just thinking about it.