Saturday, August 23, 2008

Saturday Morning

Do you remember when Saturday morning meant getting up very early and watching cartoons for hours? I do. We had our whole schedule set. We got up at about 5:45 and went downstairs. Mom and Dad sometimes left folded up blankets on the floor in the family room for us to snuggle up with. 6 am started the TV schedule. We would eat cereal or donuts in the dark while watching. And mom and dad could stay in bed until they wanted to get up. Sometimes they would get up early and do chores, mow the lawn, or to go to garage sales. Sometimes they slept in a little. Cartoons would be on until about 11 and then Looney Tunes for an hour until 12. My brothers were huge Looney Tunes fans. I think most boys are. The only time that we did not watch cartoons all morning were the mornings in the fall that we played soccer. Then we had to get up and out the door by 8 am usually.

Well those are the Saturday mornings of the past. With channels like Cartoon Network, Noggin, Nickelodeon, Disney, Nick 2, Boomerang, and more available with basic cable cartoons are on 24 hours a day. My kids sometimes sleep in on Saturdays until 10 in the morning. Sometimes later. Which means that I get to sleep in too. Unfortunately, I rarely can sleep in because the only way that Abigail will sleep in is if she is in MY bed. She crowds and stretches out sideways and takes up half of the bed, so most of the time it is just easier to get up. Lewis goes to play basketball on Saturday mornings at 9 anyway.

So, my point. My point is that I have very fond memories of Saturday mornings, staying in my pajamas until 10 or 11 watching cartoons with my sibs and any friends that stayed the night. And I am sad that my kids won't have those same memories. They have memories of watching TV, that's for sure. Just not the same kind.

So here I sit in my pajamas at my computer blogging about Saturdays of yore, while watching 90210. Adam is at a friend's house, Abigail is outside with the neighbors, and Jason is with his buddy, most likely playing computer games. Haley went to basketball with Lewis. Things sure have changed. Saturday mornings will never be the same.

1 comment:

Sarah said...

My favorite was Smurfs--though Looney Toons was a close second.