Thursday, August 26, 2010

Best Present Ever

My parents have a great sense of humor. Humor that's lost on children. Back in the 90's one of our family's favorite show was that acid-trip of a mess, Ren and Stimpy. My parents still walk around quoting "No sir, I don't like it". I see episodes now and wonder how we were ever allowed to watch it.

Side note: Here are the list of shows we weren't allowed to watch. And I didn't because I was scared of punishment.
1. Golden Girls
2. You Can't Do That On Television
3. Dawson's Creek
4. The Wonder Years
5. Rosanne
6. My So-Called Life
7. Beverly Hills 90210
8. Melrose Place
9. Party of 5
10. Doogie Howser (dude, Neil Patrick Harris, whaaaaat?)

I'm sure there are more, but I've blocked them out. And to this day, I don't think I've seen a full episode of any of these shows. I know. SHOCKING.

So anyway, back to the story. We loved Ren and Stimpy. One year for Valentine's Day, my parents bring out these big boxes for me and my brother (my other brother wasn't around yet). I think I was 11 and brother was 6. We open up the boxes and we both have these huge pieces of wood. Logs, if you will. We look up at my parents, blinking in confusion and my mom goes, "We got you both logs!"

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Yeah, I saw the humor in it immediately and found it hilarious. My brother, not so much. He was only 6! He started crying and saying, "What am I supposed to do with it?!" Which made my parents laugh even more. Finally, they cut him some slack and finally brought out our little Valentine's Day gifts. But honestly, I don't know what they were. I will always remember those logs though and I hope we can be as funny with our kids someday.

Were your parents pranksters? I can appreciate my parents' humor now but at the time it was infuriating.


  1. Golden Girls?! How come? I wasn't allowed to watch Married with Children...for obvious reasons. That show was horrible!

  2. ooo Melissa, I forgot about that one. I should add it to the list.

  3. Yup. Rosanne and Married with Children were on my No-No list. But so was The Simpsons! (At least until about 7th grade. Then they just didn't care anymore.) I can't tell you how depressing it was to be the only 3rd grader without a Bart Simpson "Cowabunga" or "Don't Have a Cow, Man" shirt on!

  4. My parents LOOOOOVE to photo shop my head onto different things; monkies, barbie, princesses,go-go dancers, fairies. Then, they include them in the yearly family slide show that they send to EVERYONE for Christmas! I let them get away with it because it cracks me up thinking of them laughing hysterically at my expense.

  5. omg, Lena... that's brilliant! Yea, I probably wouldn't stop anything that gave them so much happiness either.

  6. I grew up watching entirely inappropriate television shows, including Ren and Stimpy. #1 on your list, Golden Girls was grandma bonding time for me. We watched it everyday from 6 to 7 together. You should give it a try.

  7. But for some reason I wasn't allowed to watch Rugrats or the Simpsons.

  8. I am going to sing that song until it drives my friends batty. It's better than bad it's good!

    and until you watch at least one full episode of My So Called Life, I'm not sure we can be friends.