I attended a banquet last evening where the featured musicians played songs from the 60s and 70s…the Beatles, the Bee Gees, Neil Diamond, and so forth. Listening to the same Beatles songs that were first heard on the Ed Sullivan Show years ago, I became nostalgic for my childhood. I led an unusual childhood with parents who were the opposite of materialistic…they rarely spent money on “things”. Being a teenager those days was much easier than being a teenager in “modern” times. Teenagers now have so many choices of types of jeans, sneakers, perfume and so forth. We did not have as many choices when I was younger, and, if we did, my parents would have still bought the no name brand sneakers and jeans at K-Mart. And who needed to smell good anyway?
For Christmas that year my dad gave me his old record player and a record to play on it. The record was of the fake famous band the Bugs…dressed and hairstyled after the Beatles. They played the same songs as the Beatles, albeit a little off key. To my parents, it was the same. To me it was not. Having been raised not to care about “things”, it surprised me how let down I felt when I received this record. I know it was selfish of me when we had so many other things to spend money on, but I was disappointed by the fact that I did not get a real Beatles record.
Although I have lived my life also not dependent on “things”, I still remember with more than a little resentment that day 40 years go. Sneakers were just sneakers. Jeans were just jeans. But the Bugs were NOT the Beatles!
To read more about my unusual childhood, please check out my book The Apple Tree: Raising 5 Kids with Disabilities and Remaining Sane, which was reviewed by Readers Digest at http://www.rd.com/recommends/what-to-read-after-a-hurricane/