There comes a moment in time when you pass on the legacy of your youth to your children. I passed on my Barbies to my daughters. I passed on my hot wheels to my son. I passed on my music from my teenage years, I passed on my inability to get rid of anything that holds a memory, I passed on my love for poetry, and I passed on my favorite cartoons.
How fabulous that we can sit with our children and watch all the old greats we enjoyed on Saturday mornings. We all have our favorites and can still enjoy them. Perhaps it was the waiting until Saturday morning that made our favorites so special. There was the knowing you had a small window of cartoon time in the afternoons too. Perhaps these cartoons became my favorites because my dad sat down and watched them with me. He knew the cartoon schedule better than me!
Recently, I introduced The Little Rascals to my kids. We watched the newest movie and now we are starting on the old black and white shows. It's an instant hit here. Sitting at the breakfast table, Benjamin began to quote his new favorite movie. "Dear Darla, I hate your stinkin' guts. You make me vomit. You're the scum between my toes. Love Alfalfa." Laughter went on for some time after this, and of course he had his audience so he continued. "We're going to the race. We're gonna win first place. You've got an ugly face!" Again, the laughter.... seemingly endless. He couldn't believe kids talked to each another like this, and the fact that it's suppose to be funny made it that much crazier for him! Olivia's quote was a topper. "The clouds opened up and God said, 'I hate you, Alfalfa!'"
We've watched Popeye, Looney Tunes, The Smurfs, The Flintstones, The Jetsons, The Pink Panther, Tom and Jerry.... well, this list goes on. This week, I've also introduced them to The Lucy Show. Such fun to share the laughter with my fabulous four that I once shared with my dad.
What were your favorite Saturday morning cartoons?