5 Childish Things I Still Do as an Adult: Part II
Who doesn’t remember a few songs from the TV shows of their childhood? Every Saturday morning was filled with captain crunch and the shows we were fans of Right? In my childhood home we didn't have cable. Instead we had to practice what I call 'strategic binging.' Basically, we had to rent or buy our favorite TV shows by the season and allot a few episodes a day. We made sure to savor each episode so the novelty wouldn't wear off. Unless we were watching Spongebob. We binged spoongebob like it was nobody's business! Anyway, this strategic binging helped us memorize many theme songs through out my childhood.
Now, Every adult probably believes the shows they grew up with were the best and that none compare. I honestly feel the same way! I grew up watching Blue’s Clues, Dragon Tails, SpongeBob, Zaboomafoo, and Pokémon (All of which have memorable or catchy songs!). It couldn’t have been better! To this day, I can still sing the themes word for word and frequently burst into song when reminiscing favorite episodes with friends and family.
More recently, though, I ended up implementing the songs in my daily routine.
Yep, ask any of my college friends, they are witnesses to what I call my "mail box ritual.” Junior year, three days a week after Italian class, I would walk down towards the post office. As I reached the final stretch I would step lively and start to sing,
Here’s the mail, it never fails, it makes me want to wag my tail, when it comes I want to wail MAAAIIIILLL!
I timed it just right so that I would sing the last note as I reached my P.O. Box. (Can you tell Blue’s Clues was my favorite show?) I’m pretty sure the friend who would walk with me every day was entertained but also questioned whether she actually knew me as well as she thought. Honestly, I didn’t care what people thought and I had fun reaching my mailbox as I finished singing! It really built up the moment and prepped me to GET SOME MAIL!!! WOOOO!
Looking back, I think I did it because I knew there wasn’t going to be anything special in my box. After all, by junior year people stop sending you care packages because your obviously a college pro (at least it appears that way!) But, singing my way to the post office made me hope I would get something!! (Usually it was just tuition bills and ads. Bleh!)
Singing on the way to my mailbox is just one way I still find these theme songs wiggling their way into my daily life. If its not Blue's Clues, then it screaming ‘Aye Aye, Captain!!!’ at the TV during Spongebob re-runs. Blue's clues was definitely my favorite kids show growing up. However, my favorite theme song to sing now is from the original Pokémon series. It doesn't happen very often, but when I hear those first few notes, its like I turn into a Pokémon fanatic who Rises to the occasion in order to blast the Pokémon theme song with all the drama and nostalgia I can muster!! It is just so entertaining!
Usually this includes playing air guitar, spinning the brim of a hat to the back of my head, and pretending to throw poke-balls during the whole thing. I mean, who isn’t instantly moved to sing after hearing
I wanna be the very best. Like no one ever was…
(admit it, you sang those lyrics in your head.)
And that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to iconic TV show themes! Recess (a marching tune), Magic School Bus, Arthur, Winnie The Pooh, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, Mr. Rodgers and many more all have themes I can remember to this day.
Why do I still sing these silly songs? To have fun, relieve stress, and remember watching the best Kids TV shows ever!! Yes, I sing, I dance and even air guitar to these songs and I’m proud of it no matter how childish it might be!
P.S. What childhood TV show themes do you still sing?