On Sunday my husband and I took advantage of the short time we have alone before the baby comes and had a date night. We attended the Victoria Theater Association’s Broadway Performance of The Wonder Bread Years. Featuring Pat Hazell, this one-man show pays tribute to baby boomers and the things in our shared history (baby boomer or not) that are uniquely American like Kool-Aid, the slinky, show-and-tell, silly putty, blue popsicles, Spam, Campbell’s Soup and of course Velveeta cheese.
At some points in the show, Pat’s hilarious sharing of nostalgia makes you look back and wonder “what were they thinking?”
Take for instance the first Easy-Bake Oven that was heated with an incandescent light bulb as the heat source or those first Tonka trucks that were made of metal with very sharp edges. Even my husband fell on a green, metal Tonka truck and has the scar to prove it.
The show had us laughing to the point of tears when he shared (and showed)his childhood Halloween costumes, including the Colonel Sanders mask given out for free by Kentucky Fried Chicken as a special promotion. This mask clearly broke the Halloween safety rule of a painted face instead of a mask or something that could block a child’s vision.
There is no doubt that Baby Saunders will be born into the safest generation thus far. We’ve thought of everything – car seats, safer cribs, knee pads, baby gates and helmets. And with a mom like me, no doubt Baby Saunders will be safe!
However, as we enter into the most wondrous and most memorable days of the year, my hope is that safety does not come at the expense of play and exploration. To me, there is always a balance between taking the reasonable safety precautions and letting kids be kids.
This year, I’m especially thankful for the wonderful memories I have growing up and exploring the world with my family. My holiday wish is that Baby Saunders will have the same!