I was born in the 80′s and the main chunk of my childhood/teenage years were in the 90′s. I remember Vanilla Ice, Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus, The Mighty Morphan Power Rangers (I am afraid to admit that) and South Park. I remember chasing after girls thinking the first one that talked to me wanted to be my girlfriend. MTV still played music videos, even if it was only half of the video. Boy Meets World was my show on Friday nights, ahh Topanga Lawrence.
I was only a kid in JR. High. Dances were HUGE to a JR high boy at the time and asking girls to dance was the ultimate confidence builder or buster, the later is probably why I didn’t ask any to dance with me. I remember having a fear of approaching girls at that age, I still do. But there is one thing that I will always remember from those dances that will take me back to those days, the music.
This was the age of Celine Dion singing It’s All Coming Back To Me Now. I remember thinking that this was the best song to ask a girl to dance to because it was six minutes long, yes I remember thinking that. Anytime this song comes on I remember that dark lunch room with the flashing lights coming from the DJ stand, seeing a girl from across the way, looking over at a friend who was trying to say that I should go ask her and then chickening out.
The major movie of the late 90′s was Armageddon, the theme by Aerosmith I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing. This was the song that I remember laying in my bed thinking about girls. Looking at their pictures and singing to them. Ok by now you can see that I lived a very lame childhood.
Back to 2012, I was driving home from shopping with the wife with our 2 year old son in the back seat, and guess what song came on the radio. I Don’t Wanna Miss A Thing. Being children of the 90′s we can’t help but start to sing to it. Our son probably thought we were crazy. We even stopped in the garage as the song was still on and continued to sing to it. We even did the old uncomfortable dance that JR High kids would do, where you had to be an arm length apart.
The song, took us back, it took us to a simpler time. It made me wonder what will my son remember from when he is just a kid.