No one's life is sane. It is learning how to live with the insanity that is the trick. Sure, down South, we all have our skeletons in the closet. The difference is - we open the doors and let them dance on the front porch. After all, who doesn't have a mother who thinks she knows it all, a father who knows best, at least one irritating sibling, and that weird uncle no one wants to sit by at supper. I'm not sure what "Normal" is, but whatever it is, I know I live a bit south of it.
Hard to believe 1980 was almost 40 years ago. God, I feel old. Speaking of old, I could not remember the popular gifts for that decade, so I did some research. Survey ( MeTv) and says: 1980: Rubik's Cube - that is still around and I still cannot solve
1981: Masters of the Universe
1982: Glo Worm.
4. 1983: Cabbage Patch Kids. - those not so pretty stuffed dolls that could be adopted from a "Hospital" in Georgia.
1984: Transformers - that made a comeback in the past 10 years or so.
1985: Teddy Ruxpin - that obnoxious talking teddy bear.
1986: Nintendo Entertainment System - the birth of the true video game generation.
1987: Popples - something I truly do not remember.
1988 - Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - still around. Unfortunately, kids with these toys had issues when they had to study famous artists of all time.
Norman Rockwell chronicled basic American life like no other. Like his Thanksgiving Table piece, his Christmas pictures show life as it really was.
"Merry Christmas, Grandma!’
"Christmas Surprise" 1954
An exhausted Santa
Too tired to stay up
"The Discovery " (1956)
"Oh Boy! Its Pop with a new Plymounth"
He was known to use friends and neighbors from his little town of Arlington, Vermont, as models for his pictures. There are even copies of photos of the scenes he depicted in his archives. He once said,
"Without thinking too much about it in specific terms, I was showing the America I knew and observed to others who might not have noticed."