Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Surging My Kids into My Past

I ordered a 12 pack of Surge last week.

Yes, the heart-attack-inducing, tastes-how-I-envision-ghosts'-ectoplasm-tasting, colored-like-something-from-a-nuclear-waste-site Surge.

Shipping details say it will be here today.

I'm like a kid on Christmas Eve right now.

As a parent, will I be sharing Surge with my kids, aged 12 and almost 10?

You bet your sweet ass I am.

I'm the Mom who forces the 80s and 90s on my kids. They've seen "The Goonies," (The Ginger liked it more than The Girl), "The Princess Bride" (didn't like it), "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" (liked that one), the TV show "All That" (they loved it), "Sabrina the Teenage Witch" (The Girl adores that show), and countless other fave movies and shows from my childhood ("Camp Nowhere" and "Newsies" are next, and I was totally bummed to find seasons 1 and 2 of "Blossom" available, but due to legal rights of songs in the show, no more seasons of "Blossom" will ever be released on DVD. Super saddening...).

I'm not quite sure why I introduce so many things from my childhood to my kids. I've talked with other moms; I seem to be the biggest 80s/90s Dealer of them all, offering my kids episodes of "Saved By the Bell" like they are crack. ("Here, just try one episode, please... We don't have to watch any more if you don't like this one, just give it a try.") Most moms I know just let their kids watch what
the kids want to watch; I prefer to see my kids' reactions on a movie or show I've seen 186 times before.

Maybe it's because I want to connect with my kids a little more.
Maybe it's because I want to pass onto them something that gave me such enjoyment when I was their ages.
Maybe it's because I just want to escape adulthood and relive my childhood for a little while.
Maybe it's because the movies and tv shows of today are pretty craptastic for kids.
Maybe it's because I'm desperately trying to keep the hands of time from turning, and the 80s and 90s were my safe space.
Maybe I'm just trying to keep my kids as kids for as long as possible, which, in my mind, is loading them up on pirate adventures and feel-good movies that always have happy endings.
Maybe it's a combination of all these things.

2 years ago I started seriously struggling with the "When I was a kid, things weren't this way" thing. I even wrote a post then that ended up getting shared over and over again, and got picked up on several parenting sites- When I Was a Kid. Apparently I'm not the only parent of this generation nostalgic for an easier time, which, to us, are the 80s and 90s.

So, of course I will be introducing my kids to one of the most amazingly disgusting, yet awesome, drinks from when I was young. Yes, I understand kids of today can drink energy drinks and have 5,273 flavors of soda at their fingertips. But none of them are Surge, and none of them whip me back to my teenage years as quickly.

Unless, of course, they want to bring back Clearly Canadian or Crystal Pepsi. I'd be in pure heaven then, I think. (There appears to be a backing for Clearly Canadian to be made again, just like what happened with Surge. You can click the link right there and go to the website. If they get so many pre-orders, they'll make it... I'm so tempted right now... And with Coca-Cola's success of bringing Surge back, Pepsi is considering the re-emergence of Crystal Pepsi- holy crap, I think the kid inside me is doing jumping jacks...)

Do I realize the consequences that could follow my children drinking Surge? The bouncing off the walls; the racing heartbeat; the boundless amounts of energy?

Yes, I do, and I embrace them all if they come from Surge.

Plus, I remember the after-Surge crash, too.

You should probably check out Inklings' facebook page later this evening, after the Surge has arrived and been consumed, for an update on my enthusiasm. I might be hiding in the closet while my kids ping off the walls like they're in a life-size pinball game.

But if I am hiding, I'll be hiding with a smile on my face because my kids are experiencing something amazing from my childhood, and that's enough to make any mom giggle.

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1 comment:

  1. Oh please! I share stuff from my youth all the time with mine! She loves it we've bonded over so many shows over the years it's a joke in our home. Lol! Please share the Surge results with us lol!