I remember watching TV with my parents as a kid and occasionally, my mom would gasp.
“What is it?” I’d ask. “I can’t believe how old he looks,” she’d explain, referring to some old Hollywood guest star on “The Love Boat” or “Fantasy Island.”
Now I know how she felt.
I find myself explaining to my kids who David Hasselhoff, Florence Henderson and other “old” stars are. And just as I experienced nostalgia for the 1950s through “Happy Days” and “Laverne and Shirley,” my kids are looking back on the so-called glory days of the 80s.
Back then, I was watching reruns of “The Brady Bunch,” tuning in to David Hasselhoff on “Knight Rider” and going to see Jennifer Grey in “Dirty Dancing.”
Now my kids are watching “The Brady Bunch” on Netflix and can see David Hasselhoff, Florence Henderson and Jennifer Grey on “Dancing with the Stars.”
Does everything old become new again? I certainly never would have predicted that the 80s would return. Personally, I’d rather forget the decade existed in the first place.
What about you? Do you bond with your kids over pop culture from your childhood?