-August 17th 2013 - is the 20th anniversary of Nickelodeon's 2 hour block SNICK (Saturday Night Nick)
-March 2013- is the 14th anniversary of Digimon
-April 1st 2014 - is the 17th anniversary of Pokemon (18th anniversary of the Pokemon game in February)
-August 28, 2013 - is the 20th anniversary of Power Rangers
-August 26th 2013- is the 10th anniversray of Hilary Duff's album, Metamorphosis.
My sense of nostalgia really all started back in July while I was working at a music camp. The kids I was watching during their snack time had Pokemon cards. Two of them were playing a hand clapping game called "Concentration" and one of the kids, Ethan, was having a hard time pronouncing "Flareon." I was partly paying attention and turned towards him and asked, "Are you trying to say, 'Flareon'?" This prompted another kid, Zane, to come up ad ask me, "You know Pokemon?" I never felt old until I answered, "Yes, I do. Pokemon came out when I was 5," and he had the most shocked look on his face.
I don't know any of the new Pokemon seasons, I probably know the first 300 and a handful of others, so I decided to try and get into a conversation with them, tell them what I know, and ask to learn about others I didn't. This lead to them for the rest of the week to constantly seek me out just to start up a conversation about Pokemon and for them to continually beg and plead for me to bring my Pokemon cards to work with me to battle them, trade, and look at them during their break. Let's face it, they have the newer and shiny cards, and mine were "old" and "rare." (I never got a holographic Charizard or anything like that, but I do love my holo Raichu."
More and more whenever an anniversary comes up, I stop and think, 'There was no way this came out when I was x-years old!' But, it's been bringing me back a lot of good memories. With both of my brothers heading out to California, and moving even farther away, making it harder to see them during the year, I think about our time as kids a lot and wonder, 'How would our relationship be if I talked to them more?', or 'Why don't they ever really want to stick around and hang out with me?' I love them to death, but sometimes, I think I could've done something more to be closer to them, but looking back at old pictures this past weekend at my grandparents house when we were all younger, looking like we were having such great times hanging out together, I want to hear more about how they were with us when we were kids since all I really remember is fighting with Phillip (because he's three years old than me), and barely seeing Justin (because he's six years older than me).
But, Phillip was the one that got me into video games and Pokemon and would tell us what games to check out and which to stay away from, and the one that would make up games over the summer to keep us entertained. I don't know when we stopped fighting, but I have to thank him for tolerating the four of us even we probably annoyed him so much he wanted to pull out his hair. And Justin was the one that got me into sports. Yes, I have complained over the years about always going to his games and stuff, but that was mainly because I could always go to his, but he could never come to mine since he was so busy. But, I was always proud and excited to see him in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse games. To be able to say, "That's my brother" to someone after he got his 1,000th point game in basketball was pretty cool. And in those little occasions where he could see me play soccer or run in a cross country race, made me want to work that much harder and to impress him like he impressed me. Both of my brothers were popular in school (I like to think so anyway, I don't know what they would say) so it always made me feel good whenever they would acknowledge me at school whenever I shouted a "Hi" at them. (I apologize if I embarrassed you.)
Turning 21 in less than a month, is weird for me to actually accept...not because I don't want to be 21, but because I don't feel like I look it. I have SO MANY PEOPLE who ask me how old I am and when I tell them, they get incredibly shocked and say, "You don't look any older than 13 (15 and 16 are interchangeable). I still get carded at the mall around here because of how young I look. Sometimes it's annoying, but like most things in life, I can laugh at it.
I can fondly look back on my memories and thank my mom and dad, and my brothers, and the rest of my family and friends for giving me a great life and great memories. I can't wait to see what the future has in store for, not only me, but for my sisters as well. (Nostalgia with them is a whole other post).