Remember when life as a preteen was simple? Forget being de-friended by your former BFF on Facebook, your biggest problem was figuring out who you were going to have a Pog battle against at recess (until your school banned them, that is). Maybe we were more easily entertained, or simply had little-to-no expectations. Either way, you know if you encountered any of these ten things as a kid, you were having the best day ever!
1. Substitute teacher rolls in the TV VCR combo
You knew that if your teacher was even three minutes late walking into the classroom in the morning, there was a pretty good chance you had a substitute. And that could only mean one thing! Your best friend on wheels:
2. You got Dunkaroos in your lunch
Any kid who got Dunkaroos in their lunch was the envy of the entire class. Sugar dipped in sugar; what more could anyone want? Obviously you begged your parents for them every day until they finally gave in.
3. Your scholastic order came in
It says it’s the book box, but you knew that it was actually filled with novelty pens and bookmarks that you just HAD to have.
4. Bookmobile Day
Sure your school had a library, but it probably hadn’t been updated since 1975. That’s where the Bookmobile comes in. A rolling library full of the newest Judy Bloom and Goosebumps books that got you out of class for at least 30 minutes. Score!
5. Two words: Parachute + gym
We still aren’t sure where the “physical education” component enters in, which is probably why we loved it so much. Especially if you scored one of the handles and didn’t have to just hold on to the fabric for dear life.
6. Your Discman didn’t skip on the ride home
When you mastered the art of balancing your Discman in your hand while compensating for the bumps, you felt like you could conquer the world. Missing even one second of your Boyz II Men CD was unacceptable.
7. MASH said you were going to marry Johnny Depp
And since MASH never lies, you’re just biding your time until he splits from Amber Heard so you can live happily ever after in his mansion in the French countryside. It’ll happen. It’ll totally happen.
8. You saw the hidden picture before anyone else
Better yet, you didn’t see it but said you did and everyone believed you.
9. You got to ride the school bus to your friend’s house
And you arrived just in time to catch Saved By The Bell, which you couldn’t get at your own house because cable TV didn’t reach that far yet.
10. The Wish Book arrived
The Sears Wish Book was basically the pre-internet version of Pinterest: you browsed for hours on end (probably while on the phone with your best friend), circled and dog eared nearly item before handing over your list of must-haves to your parents. It literally entertained you for days. DAYS.