Saturdays were always the best days growing up. You didn’t have to wake up early to go to school. There wasn’t really a set agenda to follow. Sure, we had chores to do around the house, but they came later. All we had to worry about was cereal and watching cartoons. It was the best of times.
Still groggy from sleep, I would jump out of bed and head to the kitchen for a bowl of my favorite cereal. I admit I like all kinds of cereal, so picking a favorite is hard. At one point in my life my mom had to buy three different cereals for us. Count Chocula for my sister, Frankenberry for my brother and I got Boo Berry. When that didn’t happen, we would sometimes end up with the variety pack of the small individual boxes. You know, the kind where you can cut the side of the box and use it as a bowl. I always wanted to do that, but was never allowed to, I am assuming because I was small and would make a mess.
With cereal in hand, I would head to the living room and the television set. For the next few hours, I would be entertained by some of the best cartoons ever made. I would watch Scooby Doo, Woody Woodpecker, Tom and Jerry and my favorite…Looney Toons. Bugs Bunny and company had it all and you never knew what you were going to see next. I loved Daffy Duck and Foghorn Leghorn. I would spend hours in front of the television laughing at all the antics. The cartoons were great as a kid, but as I got older and watched them again, they were even funnier. Warner Brothers knew what they were doing hiding humor for the adults who watched the cartoons with their kids. I think I laugh even harder now.
A lot of cartoons have stood the test of time…others have not. As much as I love “The Brady Bunch”, and I do, “The Brady Kids” cartoon is not something I would sit down and watch today. Anybody remember this “classic”, “Captain Caveman and the Teen Angels”? Don’t worry, nobody else does either. You were either watching awesome cartoons or a bunch of lame ideas they tried to make into something. It reminds me of through the years with “Saturday Night Live”. Some seasons are pure genius and then you stop watching for 15 years because it’s all garbage. (my opinion only) I mean, really, I watched “Happy Days” and “Laverne and Shirley” already; I did not need to see them in a cartoon version as well.
Saturday mornings always ended with “Schoolhouse Rock”. It was educational cartoons set to music that taught us about grammar, science, history and other things. I will always remember how a bill becomes a law from watching. If you have never seen these cartoons, go watch them on You Tube. They are still entertaining.
When my shows were over it was time to go make my bed and get ready for the day. I had to clean my room and some other small chores. It was back to the real world for another week. But no matter how much I might have grumbled about getting up early to go to school, I knew Saturday was coming and once again I could enjoy a bowl of Fruity Pebbles or Trix or Lucky Charms and spend the morning laughing at the tv.
***Question for the comments…Do you like cartoons? What was your favorite cartoon growing up? Were you allowed to eat breakfast in front of the television? What was your favorite cereal?
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