Friday, February 23, 2007

Heroes on the half shell


Man, am I ever getting old.

Anna Marie just called me here at work.

"Mom?"

"Yes."

"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.

Ugh.

9 comments:

Valerie said...

or worse...Holly Hobby and/or Strawberry Shortcake.

ooops. too late.

Lissete said...

Wow, you know alot about those Turtles! :) All I know is that they are named after artists.

doodlebugmom said...

Valerie...too funny!

I have a TMNT tape around here somewhere. And boxes full of Babysitters Club and SVH books upstairs!

Melissa said...

Yeah, Valerie, Anna Marie already plays a Holly Hobby game on the internet. Except, she doesn't look like HH did when I had her lunchbox in kindergarten! I guess she had to keep up with Strawberry Shortcake in the Extreme Makeover department.

Lissete, I was trying to remember all the names - I think there was Leonardo, Michaelangelo, Raphael, and maybe Dante?

Linda - I bet those books would be worth money on Ebay now! My cousin had every single one of them in the late 80's.

Susie Q said...

And the Care Bears...My Pretty Pony..: )

My son was SO into the Turtles...he is 24 now and says he feels so old watching his toys come back into style. HE feels old???

*argh*

Love coming here...I have missed being away with internet problems!

Hugs,
Sue

Susie Q said...

That last tirtle name is Donatello I think...

Melissa said...

Yes, Sue, that's it - Donatello! Thanks - that was getting to be one of those things that I was racking my brain over!

And, I'm ever so glad you got your internet back. How did we ever live before it?

Sheila said...

My friend's son (who is now 23) was VERY much into the TMNT. I remember buying him the action figures and other toys when he was little. My son had the Nintendo game. I guess that's the trend now - to bring the oldies back!

Heather @ Desperately Seeking Sanity said...

Don't forget Rainbow Bright and Gem....

Talk about flashbacks....