During one of my English lessons yesterday, I had my students practice free speaking. They picked different topics from a set of cards and had to talk about that topic for a minute. One of my students picked the card, "A memory from my childhood." He had a really tough time thinking of one. So I helped him out by first sharing one of mine.
When I was about 8 and 9, one of my favorite cartoons was "Jem." I loved Jem. It started out on Saturdays but then moved to weekday mornings at about 7:00 a.m. I used to watch it in the morning while eating cereal, then a little boy who lived at the end of my block would knock on my door. We would walk to school everyday and talk about Jem. It is a nice memory and also a bit funny - this image of a little white girl and a little black boy walking to school and talking about a cartoon rock band.
This memory has been floating around in my head since January. When I was in South Carolina, I went to the mall. And there in the Junior style section, smashed onto a rack of t-shirts was a pink "Jem and the Holograms" t-shirt. I almost died. I snatched it up and raced into the dressing room. It was a medium, but sometimes I can get away with a medium in a t-shirt. But sadly it did not fit. And it was the only one. I almost bought it, thinking perhaps I could wear it around the house, but I could not justify the expense. I was depressed the rest of the day.
Yesterday after teaching, I could not get the t-shirt out of my head. And then I had a thought, why do I have the internet? To shop for unimportant, hard-to-get items (oh . . . and email). This morning I have been desperately searching the internet for a t-shirt.
Would you believe . . . THEY DO NOT HAVE THEM IN MY SIZE! Okay, so I can deal with the fact that the T's only come in junior sizes. But I am going to need a large, if not an extra large. I have found mostly junior smalls. I have not been a junior small since I was like 12. Then I had another thought.
WHO ARE BUYING ALL OF THESE T-SHIRTS?? I mean, truly tiny young people do not have an appreciation of Jem. A 16 year old has never even seen Jem! It was cancelled in 1988. A 16 year old was not even alive then! Why are they taking all of the t-shirts from the truly devoted fans?
Sorry for the rant. Anyway, I was thinking. Can you help me? I am looking for a t-shirt, pink, large. See the picture at the beginning of this blog. I got it from 80's Tees. I may even go for a purple one. I do not like the black background ones, though. If you find one on the internet, please, PLEASE send me the link. 80's Tees has a some things but not what I am looking for in my size. The Care Bare, Rainbow Brite, Strawberry Short Cake, and She-Ra Shirts are pretty awesome, though. I used to also love, LOVE She-Ra. I had the castle. I think it is still in my parents attic somewhere.
During my search, I found out that Amazon now has the first and second season of Jemon DVD. OH MY GOD! If there is a family member out there reading this, these DVD's would be the perfect gift for me. I would be in heaven! If they would only release the Glitter and Gold season.
I miss the 80s. Sniff.