March 24, 2015

Life in a John Hughes Movie

I can’t remember the first time I allowed my girls to watch my favorite John Hughes movies. But once they did, they were hooked.

Kate is enamored by all things 80s—both of my girls, really—the clothes, the hair, the music. They wish they had been teenagers back then and they think I had it made.

I’m caught somewhere in the middle. Times were definitely simpler then. Being a teen in the 80s meant that you could look back and still appreciate those simple times, but it also felt like you were on the edge of something big and exciting just waiting to happen.

I loved being a child of the 60s and 70s. It was a time filled with traditions and rituals that you could count on, and that you found comfort in, like church and Sunday dinner. Birthday parties consisted of a homemade cake and games like flashlight tag or dressing your dolls, all played out in your own living room and backyard, and not in some god-awful Chuck E. Cheese. There were no texts, social media, or cell phones for that matter. Technology I admittedly appreciate today, but only to a certain degree.


Carol said...

This took me back! Great post on all of my favorite John Hughes films as well. I already have my ticket!

Kay said...

Isn't it true. I feel the same way....our children will face challenges we didn't have to. Just like we faced challenges our parents never had to. John Hughes captured teenage angst perfectly. I will sometimes put on one of his films when I need a jolt of nostalgia. Great post!

Gretchen said...

I love, love, love this movie. I also showed it to my teens who love it as much as I do! We have it on DVD and watch it at least once a year. I loved the post.

Kimberly Merritt said...

I'm glad you all enjoyed the post. I bought tickets as soon as I heard it was being released in theaters. We're going tomorrow night, in fact. ;o)

Stacey said...

I bought my ticket over a month ago and saw it last night! I think everyone in the audience was at least 40 and we all laughed at the right places!