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A Look Back: 1988

by Megan

It’s that time again! This month we are taking a look back at the year 1988. Where were you, and what were you doing then? Write up a post and link it up below!

In 1988, I was three-turning-four. We still lived in our condo in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, my mom was still teaching 1st grade, my dad was still working in computers/software (spoiler alert- that won’t change…ever), and I was still spending the weekdays at my Gramma’s house when I wasn’t at nursery school.

My favorite person was probably my big brother, Christopher. I wanted to do everything he did! Check out how cool we were in our matching raincoats and hats!

In May, I turned four, and I got these sweet roller skates! Did anyone else have these? They went over your sneakers and could be adjusted in length.

If you look behind my legs in the above picture, you can see one of our Roller Racers.

This one must be an updated model because our handles were situated so that we were constantly scraping our knuckles on the ground whenever we’d tip to one side. #toysfromthe80s #recall

The photo below was taken at a place upstate called the “enchanted forest” where there were lots of different characters and other things carved out of wood.

Sitting on the “Make Way For Ducklings” statues in the Boston Public Gardens:

And here is a “famous” family video clip taken that same day:


The summers were of course spent at the beach. In the morning my mom would get us all packed up, and we would drive and park at my grandparents’ house, and then walk the quarter mile from there to the beach. My grandmother would already be there, in the same spot we staked out for years and years, reading a book or listening to her little red ball radio or chatting with her Canadian friends. We would play in the sand, go in the water, jump the waves, build sandcastles, bury each other, look for shells and seaglass, walk to the “rocks,” buy popsicles, play scatch ball…

You knew what I was talking about.

…and anytime we would hear a train, we would run up to the top of the beach, sit by the boardwalk, and watch it go by.

Here’s me and my dad. This is cute, because this is now Vanessa’s favorite place to be- cuddling with Grampa!

When Halloween came around, my true colors came out:

I was always ready to perform, whether it was leading songs at nursery school or singing at church.

We had a Christmas tradition where my brother (and sister, later on) and I exchanged gifts on Christmas Eve.

That’s a tradition I’ll be continuing with my little ones. On Christmas morning they get stockings and one unwrapped gift (from “Santa”) and the wrapped presents are all from Mom and Dad.

That’s my 1988, what was yours like?

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Sharon/Beans/Grandma October 1, 2012 - 3:22pm

Looking at these photos makes me want to go back to Maine to experience a true fall again! And they make me want to be on that beach again! That is Vanessa’s face in the raincoat pic!

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Patricia Robertson October 2, 2012 - 3:12am

Well my 1988 was a lot like yours except for in Virginia and I wasn’t at the beach. I was actually 4 going on 5 though. I spent a LOT of time with my Grandma as well. I was with her all of the time it seemed. My favorite person was also a sibling but not a brother my little sister. And I did have those roller skates and loved them!!! I found your blog on the Monday Mingle and I am your newest follower
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Ashlee @ Laugh with Ash October 2, 2012 - 4:20am

How cool are all these pictures!! I hardly have any of my siblings and I when we were young. Seeing these reminds me that I need to print a bunch of photos that I’ve been putting off, I know I’ll want them passed down someday =)

Stopping by from the GFC Hop, come visit me @ http://www.laughwithash.blogspot.jp

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A Proverbs 31 Wife October 5, 2012 - 8:36pm

How fun that you even had a video! I do remember those roller skates, and I had a raincoat Identical to yours but green. Oh, and it was 4 years later ;)

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