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Somewhere in my attic there is a population of trolls consorting with an entire menagerie of My Little Ponies They stand amidst the rubble of Lincoln Logs and Legos while an old Lite Brite keeps watch from a distant corner These are remnants of a childhood gone past one filled with Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Barbies a place where Inspector Gadget rules the world and New Kids on the Block forever plays in the background This is the setting for the early days of my generation This was a pivotal time in Americas history The stock market was rising Clinton took over as president and our knowledge of science was expanding Grunge came on to the music scene and bands like Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins reigned over the charts Growing up I didnt realize the significance of the events surrounding me My world was a quieter one filled more with toys and laughter than world news and politics However even as a little kid during the late 80s and early 90s I still got my own little piece of the pop culture pie Along with every other material girl I had in my possession several Cabbage Patch Kids a few Care Bears and a Teddy Ruxpin I probably owned my weight in Barbie dolls We truly were living in a material world Being a girl in the 80s was all about side pony-tails and the latest episode of Full House We bonded over Popples and Candy Land while watching Beauty and the Beast for the hundredth time Life was simpler then Never again will a productive day consist of a nap and an episode of Sesame Street The hardest decision I ever had to make was whether to watch Smurfs or Fraggle Rock popularity was determined by who owned the most snap bracelets and the Sega Genesis was the most advanced technology money could buy There were no personal computers or cellular phones and
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