These Five popular Wish List Items Will Show Your Age
Time flies. This applies in both good (the phrase “as long as you live under my roof…” probably means nothing in your life now) and he bad (it has been 10 years since we lost the magnificent Lebo Mathosa!) With the festive season getting closer, we thought we would throw it all the way back to childhood and a few things you probably wanted to see wrapped and with you name on them. A few of these references made childhood. If any of these were ever on your wish list or got you excited, then you are getting old!
One word: Tetris! Released in 1989, the Game Boy changed gaming at the time. Owning one would have meant you didn’t have to spend all your time waiting for your turn at your local game parlour. Bonus, you could charge others to play to make a little money.
The Boom Shaka look
It might be all the rage in Braamfontein and other “cool” neighbourhoods right now, but when you wanted the Boom Shaka look in 1994, your parents probably did not approve and you did not get your way.
Boom Shaka look signifiers:
– Long, bold braids
– A piercing
– A cute outfit (either short on with the naval out)
Do kids these days even want iPods? Are we that post-music? If you are a music lover, then it’s a given that you wanted a portable music player to listen to the stacks of tapes you made on the radio and rewound with a pencil. The original (cassette) Walkman came out in 1979.
The Reebok Classic was released in 1987 and, true to culture, was a hit with the youth of the day. Excitement and desire for the latest fashion and accessories is a fad that’s started with the “born frees” or “generation Z.” Admit it, you’ve also been there.
While the tradition of wearing a new outfit on Christmas day has survived, kids these days don’t have the same appreciation for their Christmas outfit you had growing up. They get new clothes regularly, making the shiny new Christmas outfit just another one in a pile of many.