Friday, February 23, 2007
Heroes on the half shell
Man, am I ever getting old.
Anna Marie just called me here at work.
"I need to ask you something."
"Ok, what is it?"
"What do the Teenage Minga Turtles do?"
(Note: "minga" is her version of "ninja." She's been corrected, since her mother is the Queen of All Correcting, but she still says "minja".)
"Well, they fight bad guys."
"And what else?"
"Um, they live in the sewer, with their leader who is a rat, and fight a bad guy named Shredder."
"And what else"
(Hello! Is that not enough for children these days, the noble job of crime fighting? Do they have to turn rainbow colors or something? Sheesh.)
"They do karate. Are you wanting to watch the Ninja Turtles?"
"What channel do they come on?"
Of course, I have no idea what channel they come on. I also have no idea where she's seen them, except I think she mentioned the other day that her friend Dayton had one of their movies.
Do you know the last time I thought about the TMNT? That would be about 17 years ago, when I was 13 and I babysat the little boy across the street every day after school. He and my brothers were big Turtles fans. I think they had some Nintendo games and everything.
I guess they're just the latest in a long list of toys brought back so that parents like me will be nostalgic and buy them for our kids - Cabbage Patch Kids, Care Bears, My Little Pony, a pimped-out version of Strawberry Shortcake, and now the Ninja Turtles.
First leggings and tunics, and now toys.
When will it stop? Next thing you know, they'll be bringing back the Garbage Pail Kids, or the Babysitters Club and Sweet Valley High books.