I was a good mother when my girls were young. I will have to pat myself on the back on this one because I was a genus! It was in the days of VHS recordings and I would get up very early on Saturday mornings and quietly slip a tape into the machine to record the Saturday morning cartoons for my kids so they could sleep late. How many of you can say you went this far?
Actually, it was probably more for my sanity than for their comfort. I could go back to bed and get a few extra winks I thought I well deserved and later in the day there were cartoons to keep them occupied. If I was smart I would have set the VCR to record and not interrupt my slumber having to turn it on manually. I never did learn how to work that machine properly, but did anybody? I never said I was smart – just a genius!
With four little girls there was a lot of chaos and bickering. We lived in the country with no cable TV, computers were not fashionable yet, and there were not many video games except for a hand-held Pacman game that was usually being fought over. “It’s my turn! No it’s not! You’ve had it all day! Give that to your sister now!”
There were not a lot of organized activities at that time either and they had no neighbor children next door or down the street to occupy themselves with. Playing outside with each other was the only other option. That Saturday Morning Cartoons tape came in very handy all week-long. When Saturday morning rolled around the next week, I would shove the tape in the VCR and tape over the last weeks line-up.
I think the tape is still around here somewhere. It’s the one I keep hanging on to for some reason. I wonder how much I could get for that low-quality, much-used, loved-dearly VHS tape.
Cartoons aren’t what they used to be. I rarely catch one now I can relate to. We only picked up three channels back then. On a good day we could get four. That’s when we could tune into Sesame Street on PBS on the weekday mornings. There was Captain Kangaroo on one of our basic channels on the weekdays to keep them focused on staying out of my hair. I sound as though I parked them in front of the TV a lot! Really I didn’t, But sometimes you need some peace!
For the three older girls, Terri, Kerri, and Amie, it was Smurfs, Fragle Rock, and Snorks on Saturday mornings. Evidently, it didn’t take much to entertain these three.
Jessie remembers Alvin and the Chipmunks, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, The Muppet Babies, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. I never could see what the big deal was about those turtles and with me being a turtle lover I question that today. Of course these were not your usual run-of-the-mill turtles!
I know this because I took a poll on our group text this morning. I received numerous cartoon titles, then the dialog morphed into their favorite breakfast cereals. That’s another story.
Andrew was from a different generation and never had a Saturday Morning Cartoon tape. The world of technology and what was available had progressed quite rapidly and for the better by the ’90’s. He was tuned into Sesame Street, Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood, SpongeBob, and The Rugrats.
Mr. Rodgers Neighborhood was hardly a cartoon but he kept Andrews attention for hours as he sat glued to the TV. “Won’t you be my neighbor?”
Jessie, being only seven years older than Andrew, also loved Doug. She would watch it in the afternoons when she was in high school.
When I was young I watched Mighty Mouse, Superman, Looney Tunes, and Yogi Bear. Oh, and let’s not forget Hercules! Remember the ring?
So now that I’ve brought you on a trip down Memory Lane, what were your favorites and did you have a Saturday Morning cartoon tape?