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Tuesday, July 01, 2014

What were your childhood obsessions?

What were you super into as a child? Everyone had their things. (I truly believed Peter Pan would come to my window. Also hypercolor. Also Doogie.) Spill the beans in the comments below...

This is part of a series by illustrator Emily McDowell, who asks us one pressing question every month.

(Illustration by Emily McDowell for Cup of Jo)

170 comments:

Lauren E. said...

Ooooh my gosh, YES ceramic animals! I had a massive case for them hung on my bedroom wall and to this day I can't seem them in a shop without instinctively wanting to buy one.

Also, Phantom of the Opera. At 10-years-old I saw it for the first time in Toronto with my family and asked to see it as my birthday present every year after that. Eventually my parents had to say, "Enough." I even wore a tiny white mask necklace to school. I was... not a cool kid.

Katie said...

I was easily obsessed as a child. My earliest obsession that I can remember is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Rafael was my favorite, and I made my babysitter write down the song lyrics, so I could sing along to the theme song without messing up.

megan bachmann said...

i was OBSESSED with barbies (of course). And making forts and jumping on the trampoline. Now that I have a baby I can't wait to see what his obsessions are!!

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Jess said...

Trolls!

Carol said...

Horses. The end.

Lee Taylor-Penn said...

I was obsessed with Louisa May Alcott--the author of Little Women. When I dressed up as her for a 4th grade book report, I was offended that none of my classmates knew who she was. Weird, right?! It makes me laugh to think about my strange literary obsession at 9 years old!

Natalie Feldsine said...

When I was around 11 I was totally obsessed with Greek and Egyptian mythology. Also fairy tales. I still can't pass up a good fairy tale.

tara said...

I really really really wanted an American Girl doll, but never got one (my mom said they were too expensive... which they are). So instead, I read all the books.

Books were another obsession.

rkbbecca said...

Princesses, unicorns, fairies...anything magically. Especially when it included sparkles!

Katie Johnson said...

The TV show Solid Gold. It came on every Saturday night and I dressed up as Madonna. All I ever wanted to do was dance on the tallest column on the show. I searched YouTube recently and it seems there was pole dancing to James Taylor on the show...who knew?

morestomach.com said...

in the 2nd grade i was obsessed with Ramona Quimby, i wanted to be her, or at the very least, her bff.
in 4th grade i was obsessed with Harriet the Spy and tomato sandwiches.
then i turned 12 and became obsessed with Keanu Reeves. that obsession lives on today.

JenM said...

Haha, this is spot on! I loved my neon green & pink pogo stick, I had an awesome kimono that I'm pretty sure my dad bought for me in Chinatown, and I'm sure all my friends envied my extensive ceramic animal collection. I also loved writing Very Important Newsletters and anything involving spies- which holds true today with my love of Homeland and The Americans. So funny to reminisce about this stuff.

Erin said...

What a great topic!

I was madly in love with Nancy Drew and the Babysitters Club, re-enacting the movie Now & Then with my friends, and collecting things. I had a stamp collection, sticker collection, beanie babies, pogs, and probably more that I can't remember. And it always broke my heart to lose any of them.

Katie Brown said...

I was obsessed with all things Polly Pocket, Sound of Music and I had a pretty extensive calendar collection. And somehow I never had a Polly Pocket or Sound Of Music calendar...

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Joanna Goddard said...

haha carol, i love it.

Joanna Goddard said...

these are amazing!

Sharol Flo said...

Writing and preforming plays with my best friend and my sister. Anne of Green Gables. I was Anne and my best friend was Dianna Barry. American Girl dolls/books. Barbies. Fairies. Babysitters Club. I was so cool. ;)

Catie Beatty said...

Oh man, where do I start? When I was very little, I played dress up and make-believe CONSTANTLY. I remember my dad would come home from work and ask me who I was today. Usually I was Snow White or the Virgin Mary (weird), but I also really liked to pretend I was Ernie or Mowgli. I loved little things, like the ceramic animals you mentioned. When I was 10 or 11 I was pretty convinced I was an Egyptian in another life. Mostly I just really liked ancient Egypt and cats, though.

Joanna Goddard said...

oh and little women! we did plays of little women constantly.

Erin Williams said...

Cows. The Olsen Twins. Collecting those "Got Milk" ads. The Wizard of Oz and the Little Mermaid. All of my preschool art is signed "Clara" because of my Nutcracker obsession.

And, weirdly, Tom Lehrer's "That was the year that was" album, which was a live recording of him singing satirical topical songs in the '60. Lots of references to "The Bomb" and "New Math", whatever that is/was. I had no idea what any of it meant, but I played that CD on my boom box over and over.

Lindsey said...

The pioneers, for some reason. I saved all my money to purchase the Kirsten American Girl doll. I also loved Laura Ingalls Wilder SO much. I think in one of her books they made candy from snow (?) and I have always wanted to do this.

Holly said...

Bucket hats. My hair is thick and wavy, and because I couldn't make it lay flat like my friends' hair, I covered it with a khaki bucket hat. I'm wearing a bucket hat in every single photograph of me from ages 8-13. Oh, how my family mocks me now!

Laura said...

I love this topic. I was definitely an obsessive child; I would go through phases in which I would obsess about something and then make it my goal to amass as much related paraphernalia as possible. Obsessions over the years included tea sets, American Girl, seals (the sea animal), and Drew Barrymore.

Melissa Monk said...

Haha, this topic is awesome! I was obsessed with My Fair Lady (the musical starring Audrey Hepburn), gel pens, and making as many cat-friends as possible. I lived next door to a woman that lived in a dilapidated mansion and had at least 10+ cats living with her at all times, so that was great.

DesirousOfEverything said...

rocks and little turtle figurines! also navajo code talkers--i was OBSESSED with world war two.

Zoe Hastert said...

I used to make inanimate objects my "pets"... not rocks, though. Instead, I adopted gummy worms, little velvet bunnies from the checkout line at Joanne Fabrics, and the peanut butter from the inside of Reeses cups. I don't know. Don't ask.

Caitlyn said...

Oh man, I just flashed back to the tiny animals! Thanks for the flashback!

Other than that - books/authors. If I found a book I liked, I would read every.single.book by the author - Madeleine L'Engle, Roald Dahl, L.M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, Zilpha Keatley Snyder, Mary Downing Hahn... just writing their names makes me want to go back and reread all the books! It really taught me that the book that an author becomes best known for is not always their best work (or at least not my favorite) - so I actually tend to do this even now.

Katie said...

I love this question! I was so into sharks. And was obsessed with dollhouse mini things.

Ashely Schneider said...

Ok, I love this post! I was obsessed with Helen Keller, Anne Frank, komodo dragons, skorts, and the Guinness Book of World Records. Ha!

Erin Oliver said...

Anything rainbow or tyedye for me...I was super into colors. I still am actually, just not too much at the same time.

I also loved my Fischer Price dollhouse. From ages 3-8 I'd sit in my room for a few hours a day and play with that thing! Looking back, I can't believe it could hold my young self's attention for so long.

Annie said...

Ha! I went through a wolf obsession (so weird) and astronauts. My parents bought me space ice cream for my ninth birthday… i was super excited!

Marisa Keris said...

Are you describing the ceramic animals that came in Red Rose tea? My grandmom and mom would drink it and save the animals for me. Anne of Green Gables alll the way, during my Laura Ashley, Samantha American Girl doll phase. But somewhere in between I was doodling J.T.T all over my pencil case. Being a girl was a weird mesh of historical fantasy and pop culture. Tuck Everlasting was also easy to obsess about… the movie version. All the many little things that make you who you are today.

Anitra Sweet said...

Turtles, poop, and farts, oh and Martha Stewart! I would tape her episodes and watch them after school! Amazing child I was ha ha!

Beth E. said...

I was so obsessed with ballet. I slept in an oversize t-shirt that said One Choice: Dance or Die and took ballet 6 days a week and tap and jazz and theater and I was on the dance team in high school. I was also that weird kid who hated Disney cartoons. I refused to go to cartoons after the age of 6 and didn't see one until I had a child of my own. I don't actually know why.

Elisabeth said...

Historical figures. Seriously - I read more biographies of famous Americans (particularly when they were children) than I can count. And... now I am an education historian. So maybe the obsessions turn into something!

thedirtyknitter said...

Andy Gibb & Stephen King.

Carrie said...

I wonder about myself now but when I was little like 7 I had a HUGE crush on Dean Cain. I loved Barbara Walters, First Ladies, porcelin dolls and Sonic the Hedgehog lol

Jenny said...

Sticker albums...especially when filled with scratch and sniff stickers. Also, Full House. And making up cycled housing for my Cherry Merry Muffin and Strawberry Shortcake dolls to inhabit, using easter baskets, toilet paper rolls and old cigarette filters I'd find in our neighborhood landscaping. Ewwww.

Oh gosh, and slap bracelets.

thedirtyknitter said...

Oh & those ultimate dweebie fake eye glasses. I think that's what they were called. Am I aging myself here?

Angie said...

The Guinness Book of World Records
Dissecting things
Stories about people who adopted real chimpanzees
Perfecting my signature
Kirk Cameron

Julia1983 said...

Playing in tree forts, building little tiny elf villages out of anything from nature at recess, my American girl doll Molly, and shortalls and converse. :)

Sanny Lau said...

Hello Kitty and My Melody - still is to this day!
SannyDiaries.com

Marissa said...

I was totally obsessed with the Dear America books. I read every single one. Some many times.

Sophia Mellein said...

The Kennedy's and the Holocaust! All the controversy felt so real to me even though they are both decades old incidents.

Dina said...

La Comtesse de Segur books for kids in the 'bibliothèque rose' collection.

rumpapum said...

Little things. I carried around a yellow plastic briefcase filled with the following: a bingo chip with googley eyes glued to it, one blue Barbie high heel, a tiny plastic ballerina with one arm snapped off, a Barbie camera, a rubber lady bug, an elephant eraser missing the tip of his trunk, a worry doll, a seashell and a miniature troll. I also collected pencils. I was awesome.

Silver said...

I was obsessed with drawing one picture - it was the tree house I lived in, in the middle of a forest - I lived there with only my cat and my dog - NOT my bother. I made a roof between two trees, and the bed was on top of the flat roof, under the leaves of the trees, and on the ground I had a table and a book shelf and three chairs.
I was obsessed with sitting on a rock on the lakeside and brushing my hair so that a mermaid might swim past and claim me as her own.
I loved a lolly called Snakes Alive.
I loved Magic Sand.

kvanskiver said...

I LOVED American Girl Dolls. And not just the dolls, the books too.

Carmen Varner said...

I was obsessed with Disney films. Lion King. Beauty & the Beast. Aladdin. Oh yes. The memories are prevalent. :] // itsCarmen.com ☼

Nina Leung said...

Age 4: my striped "hornet" socks and overalls, 5:cats and taking pictures with my kodak instamatic, 6: unicorns and rainbows (when I made a wish at the fountain it was for a place full of cats and rainbows), 7: The GoGo's and rollerskating, 8: dressing my dog in people clothes and making up songs about him, 9: Prince's Purple Rain and Roald Dahl, 10: Anything purple and the Italian Renaissance, 11: The Newlywed Game and Three's Company....I could go on. I have a memory like an elephant. Love this question and I love obsessions!

Ivy F. said...

Little House on the Prairie, then when I was a couple years older, the Baby Sitters Club books; swimming in our backyard pool; stilts; certain tapes of really bad music (Bengals, Wilson Phillips, etc.)

The Tilted Tulip said...

Two words: Slap Bracelets.

Kassandra Lidstrom said...

Oh my gosh, how fun is that illustration! I was definitely obsessed with Beanie Babies, I had probably 200 at one time. I loved playing Yahtzee and Uno. I was also always listening to No Doubt or reading Junie B. Jones books.

laurasaurus said...

Oh, so many and so weird. I had a collection of Snapple bottles that I kept in a cardboard box in my room (why?). The Spice Girls, and Grease the movie. Klutz books, specifically Origami, friendship bracelets, and hair braiding. I spent countless hours making elaborate friendship bracelets out of embroidery thread. I was, of course, better than all my friends at this. Also, I made a pretend house out of the box for my parents' new dishwasher. It had curtains and shelves and was amazing. I could go on and on… Oh, also I washed my feet in the bathroom sink pretty much every day. Again, why?

Jennifer said...

Love this! Also, I think you pinned the someecards image that said "growing up, I always thought quicksand would me more of a problem than it ended up being." So totally true! Maybe because I'm claustrophobic, but it always worried me. And I've never even seen it in real life!

I was also obsessed with the Dear America books they sold at the book fair at school. Did anyone else read those? I loved them.

Steph said...

Oh this is so fun! I was obsessed with monkeys and wanted to have one as a pet! I was also obsessed with big stickers that I kept in a book and these historical fiction books about royal women when they were young (like Cleopatra and Queen Elizabeth) called the Royal Diaries

kiki said...

The Baby Sitter's Club for SURE. ALso, those HUGE jawbreakers? That would take an entire summer to get through. Peach Clearly Canadians (what happened to those??) and trees. I was really, really into trees and was super heartbroken when my family moved from Oregon to Kansas when I was 9.

Marissa said...

I'm sure I had a lot more, but Manatees, I was really into Manatees. We spent the summers in Florida.

Katie Rosenberg said...

In no particular order:

1. Disney movies (not Disney princess movies specifically, though I did enjoy those movies as well).
2. The Anne of Green Gables mini-series.
3. Watching the above movies and also dressing up/acting out various roles in my living room.
4. The Wizard of Oz (see #3).
5. Stuffed animals - I was obsessed with my stuffed animal friends. They all had names and unique personalities (according to me at least...).
6. Swinging on my swing outside for HOURS.
7. I also collected Winnie-the-Pooh paraphernalia. I had nearly an entire bookshelf of stuffed animals, figurines, notebooks, story books, notepads, cups, etc.

What a fun topic!

Rebekah said...

yep, those tiny ceramic animals, toulous lautrec, pretending to be a pioneer girl, amelia earhart, making dolls out of socks and yarn and also out of corn husks bc I think American Girl taught me how to do that. and anything miniature

Katie K said...

I was obsessed with The Beach Boys as a child. I would listen to Endless Summer constantly: in the bathtub, while playing dress up, while playing in my room.

I can remember loving vanilla ice cream, but requiring that it was soupy and stirred up. I would stir-stir-stir and call it "vanilla soup" and eat it that way.

I was also obsessed with books that were too difficult for me. Before I was reading, I would haul home Peanuts comic collections and pour over them in my room (the pictures didn't really tell the whole story.) And when I was in elementary school, my mom was reading the book "Mother-Daughter Revolution: From Good Girls to Great Women" (way to go mom!) and after she finished it, I claimed it as my own. I carried it around, paged through it, attempted to read it. I finally did read it much later in life :)

lucylucia said...

All L.M. Montgomery Books (i.e., Anne of Green Gables), National Geographic Maps, Rainbow Bright, and the 90s Mickey Mouse Club. I was so obsessed that I would record the shows on audio tape off the TV, then go to my room and turn off the lights, close my eyes and act out the roles and sing the songs. Yikes.

Jan said...

I had some of those ceramic animals. I even had a pond and a swan and made a terrarium for a science class in high school and put them in it. I also had a tiny deer in there. Now I'm wondering what happened to them.....
Jan

Madalyn said...

I adored the Little Mermaid. Not only did I watch it a million times, I had the doll, shoes, a beach towel... And probably more.

Other obsessions included collecting these little toy lizards (and giving them names), Sailor Moon, and the Spice Girls.

Fun post!

judah said...

I was obsessed with cash registers! Anything with buttons, really. My most impressionable years were the 80's, so the cash registers were still bulky, made beeping sounds and printed receipts. One of my favorite Christmas pictures is of the living room covered in freshly unwrapped dolls, makeup and new clothes, and I'm off to one side hovering over a small cash register that I had gotten.

ktfran said...

You can totally guess a person's age by their childhood obsessions...

Mine were precious moments, barbies, Kirk Cameron and dressing/acting like my "cool older cousin."

Erin (Just call me Mayhem) said...

Oh, I was such a nerd! I loved anything Star Wars, Star Trek (Will Wheaton poster in my room) and Ghostbusters! Plus, I decided I was a hippie and wore the dye and lots of beads. This is an obsession that never left, however... :)

NotesFromAbroad said...

Horses, Riding them, petting them, looking at them, feeding them, wishing I were a horse ..

Some days I still do.

t. edie said...

I had millions of those tiny ceramic animals! The Siamese car family set was my most prized acquisition. I wish I knew what happened to them...

www.southbysunset.com

Melissa Blake said...

OH, obsessions! I had so many of them! Smurfs, Barbies, Lite Brite...basically, anything '80s fad and i hopped on the bandwagon! :)

13bees said...

Unicorns.

Amanda aka MamaRobot said...

Hmmm, for me it was the Smurfs, Tom and Jerry, Strawberry Shortcake...is it any wonder I'm a designer for animated shows?

Mia Stizzo said...

pee wee herman, casio keyboards, cabbage patch dolls, and side ponytails.

t. edie said...

Those miniature glass animals were such a major obsession. I remember getting them at the mall and peeling off the paper backing only to chip one of the horses ears off. My most prized acquisition was the Siamese cat family set. Wonder where they broke to...

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lisacline said...

i was totally obsessed with those little ceramic creatures that came glued to the paper, too! omg. i forgot about them until you made this post, how crazy!

MelanieKPrice said...

Any shoe or purse that was the 'jelly fad', ballet, The Wonder Years, The Babysitter's Club book series, Stussy clothing and once I entered junior high & high school-Chuck Taylors, Birkenstocks, soccer and Pearl Jam.

nadine said...

I rearranged the furniture in my room on a VERY regular basis during the fifth grade. Other than that it was reading books, putting my own words to paper & later FASHION MAGAZINES.

Chris said...

Ice cream sandwiches!!!!!

Chris said...

And Anne of Green Gables...fitting because I grew up on Prince Edward Island.

Laine said...

1.Erasers! Tiny erasers shaped like hamburgers, people, unicorns.... I collected them in a large jar!
2. Cabbage patch kids
3. Garbage Pail Kid stickers
4. Lite Brite

Taylor K said...

Office Supplies. It's what I asked for every birthday and Christmas. Rubber thumbs, paper clips, receipt books. So weird.

Elizabeth S. said...

Trolls, my neighbor's skip-it, fudgcicles, chocolate milk made from the powder NestleQuick, and Serrano ham (still obsessed today) and green olives! Oh and "sweet secrets" and "smooshies!" The last two are make up and toys that smooshies into tiny furniture, respectively :)

Two Cent Sparrow said...

These are great! I thought I was the only kid obsessed with pioneers but someone else said the same. I was obsessed! Loved playing The Oregon Trail computer game, all things Laura Ingalls Wilder - I even dressed as her for two Halloweens, and any other pioneer books I could get my hands on.
I also loved Lisa Frank, Disney movies and music, and New Kids on the Block.

shine little light* said...

My. Little. Pony. and randomly feng shui for a while there...

Jenn @ Party of One said...

Oh my goodness! I had never given this much thought prior to today but I love it...and can't stop thinking of things... Most memorably- the George Bush Family- seriuously?! The White House & the state of Maryland. Oh and female scientist Rachel Carson...

What a great prompt!

Jenn @ Party of One said...

Oh! And the Titantic! Pre-Leo as Jack days ;)

Che said...

King Henry the 8th and his wives, daughters, and son. I read every book I could get my hands on about them!

KarinaCicala said...

Paleontology - Lego - Titanic (specifically best method to survive...jump in the water early on or wait)

Katie Pierce said...

Just about anything in the Oriental Trading catalog I could afford with my spending money.

Including those little fuzz-balls with googly eyes and sticky feet, that you could stick places.

Lily L-M said...

Lisa Frank, Beanie Babies, and classical musical theater! hehe :)

x Lily
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Jennifer Theriot said...

I love this question and am loving reading the comments! Although I remember having various fleeting interests, my enduring obsessions were books and musicals. I would say also an obsession with anything old fashioned. I loved pretending to be someone who lived in a previous time--southern belle, pioneer, Victorian lady, Medieval peasant, etc.

laurendoeslife said...

This is so bizarre. I was also obsessed with those tiny ceramic animals (cats mostly) and I had forgotten about the card stock until I had read this. When you pulled the kitten off little pieces of paper would stick to their paws. Oh my, the memories. It really does seem like an odd obsession now, but my mom was a total trooper taking me to Hallmark and letting me spend all my money collecting them.

B.A.D I Blog About Design said...

I would love to plan a trip to Japan! Totally agree :)

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Lendy Salazar said...

Roller Skates, hula hoop...sometimes both at the same time, Hello Kitty, Babysitters Club books, encyclopedias & dictionaries especially the big sets with pictures (I'm still drawn to them--I have an old French dictionary that I still keep on my bedside table and I'm not even fluent)! OHHH those were the days!

Elizabeth Rue said...

Giant jawbreakers, Saved by The Bell, the book 'The Little Princess', the Anne of Green Gables series, the movie 'Grease', Harriet the Spy, Agatha Cristie, rocks/gems, glass animals made by glassblowers,slap bracelets, playing school, the movies Camp Nowhere and Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken, dolphins, encyclopedias.

Brittany said...

I was obsessed with the Titanic. The whole history, though also the movie ;) I had so many picture books and fact books about it. I had a calendar with scenes from the movie (my brother colored on it and got in big trouble) later I read real books on it. When I was fifteen I was a volunteer at the musuem of nature and science for their Titanic exhibit.

I still love it :)

Joanna Goddard said...

tilted tulip, slap bracelets!!! what a flashback!!!

Joanna Goddard said...

marissa, my sister was totally into manatees. how funny to remember that, i had completely forgotten. she had posters of them on her bedroom walls. and they're so crazy looking!

Joanna Goddard said...

anne of green gables was definitely a hit for our generation, it seems :)

EB said...

I had many, in phases. Books always, from The Gymnasts to Babysitters Club to Sweet Valley (twins then high) to Anne of Green Gables and any frontier literature. I was obsessed with muppets (especially, for some reason, Labrynth), George Gershwin (how did that happen?), Walt Disney, Goonies, becoming an animator, and ice hockey (especially Wayne Gretzky). Oh also this one pink and white striped shorts and top set that I would have worn every day for seven years if I'd had my way. I was kind of all over the place.

JenM said...

Making time capsules and digging them up a day later, archaeology, beanie babies, BSC, putting beads on safety pins and attaching them to my shoelaces (did anyone else do that?), sleeping anywhere but my bed-most memorably in a sleeping bag in the bathtub and behind the couch, gel pens.

These are great to keep in mind as my husband and I start thinking about having kids...no need to worry if they turn out to be little weirdos like I guess I was, ha!

Julianne said...

How fun to see what everyone said! I was obsessed with playing "restaurant" or "teacher." LOL. Good times.

xo Julianne
http://reallifesurreallife.blogspot.com

Gabriella said...

Ah, so many things (including Anne of Green Gables, like half the women here!). I was also completely enchanted with Tin Tin comics.

Sarah said...

"Roll the ball down the hall" with my sister, Ramona Quimby (and Beezus) - both the books and the PBS series (red socks episode!!), Hey Dude, Babysitter's Club books, Where the Red Fern Grows, piling ALL of my stuffed animals on my bed at bedtime, musical, the 1996 summer Olympics, Oregon Trail!, reading contests, Marky Mark ...

Later: 90210 (or as my best friend and I called it; numbers.)

Sarah said...

Guiness book of world records! Yes!

Elizabeth said...

This is an awesome question with great (and endearingly weird) responses! Let's see: Newsies (my friends and I even tried to learn the choreography), archaeology in general and Egypt specifically, Texas, and the Eloise books.

Ashley Obando said...

I guess my mom took me antiquing, because I started collecting silver flatware when I was around nine. I was all about polishing my silver (this is around the same age I formed a Mary Poppins club):).

Unknown said...

Love this trip down memory lane:
Cocktails soundtrack. Listened to it every day for 2 years in carpool.
Making up dances to any Whitney Houston song
Wrapping fruit roll ups around my thumb to eat it
Watching Murder She Wrote and Get Smart
Forcing my mom to judge coloring contests between me and friends
Houston Rockets 1994 World Champions :)

Ingrid said...

Horses, and (this will date me) Roy Rogers... and BOOKS. I'm still obsessed with books.

erinlisa said...

I was strangely into the book "Gone With The Wind". I read it 23 times between the ages of 9 and 12. I learned everything about the Civil War so I could better understand it. That book was way too mature for me.

Elizabeth said...

Beatles - dancing to A Hard Day's Night in my slip that had a tutu-like skirt and hoping I could be a Beatles back-up dancer
Playing house and acting like I was Paul McCartney's wife (this was about 1989. My dad is a huge Beatles fan)
Learning all the words to Pearl Jam Ten & Nirvana Nevermind cds
Super Mario Bros
Sleeping in my plastic Little Mermaid tent and waking up sweating in the middle of the night
We would get Feature Films for Families including The ButterCream Gang, Split Infinity & Rigoletto and no one else remembers those movies, but I loved them!

Emma said...

So many great comments that I totally identify with! My twin sister and I were obsessed with pack lunches -- probably a result of finding ourselves enrolled in the school lunch program from day one of kindergarten ad infinitum. On school holidays, we'd make ourselves PB&Js and stick them in a brown paper bag with a juice box and some Cheetos. We'd even write our names on the front and leave ourselves little notes inside. Then we'd walk around the house happily swinging our lunch sacks like the little lunatics we were (are).

Emmy M. said...

American Girl everything (especially my doll Molly). Beanie Babies, making beaded jewelry, making forts.

Kate from Clear the Way said...

Ceramic animals! I had a small collection. I didn't realize that was a thing.

Emily Margaret said...

Instead of a pogo stick, it was the Skip-it for me. I could do it frontwards, backwards, sideways, and while turning in the opposite direction of the skip-it. I could have been a professional, lol.

Anna said...

Tiny boxes, the Salem witch trials, ancient Egypt

Becky said...

I was obsessed with watching The Little Mermaid everyday after school in 2nd grade. I loved it so much that I had my dad record the movie onto a cassette tape so when we drove to Florida that summer for vacation I could listen to it! I also loved and love (to this day) pens! I filled a lunchbox with them and I'd carry it around, never letting anyone look in there, except my dad - once! It was my secret box of pens.

Alisha said...

I was never "obsessed" with anything, really. I didn't collect anything that was popular when I was growing up. I did love books, always. I got an American Girl at age 9, in 1992, and I loved her. I was either playing outside in our lovely Southern California weather, or reading inside. :)

R Eyre said...

I love this one Jo. Mine was Sylvanians, Stilts, Guinness Book of records (especially the human body pages) and my imaginary friends called "The Ponky Oaks"
Rosie
www.rosedogandco.blogspot.com.au

smorrison said...

Anne of Green Gables, (playing dress up and reenacting the scene where Diana gets drunk off of "raspberry cordial"...my friends and I would do that scene over and over and over!), horses, the secret garden (we would take over our yard and the neighbors yard declaring them "secret", and creating my own businesses (a florist, an office supply store, a restaurant, and a night club even?!

Maiz Connolly said...

This is an awesome post. Now, I have to go make a drawing of my childhood obsessions to hang on my wall!

Ceramic animals, Japan & strange medical disorders (weird!)
Cowboys
The Rockford Files
Wearing overalls
Books
Violin music

Come to think of it, I still love all of those things except the ceramic animals... maybe I should start collecting them again!

Emily Chavous said...

Ha. I, too, had a collection of tiny ceramic animals. The tinier, the better. I wonder if I still have any of those. Also, pencils; the more colorful & glittery the design, the more I had to have it. My culture obsession was France, for whatever reason. Still is. :)

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cianne said...

I love this question!
My obsession was rocks. I loved searching for good shapes and sizes and also when my parents would let me buy minerals and geodes. I kept them all organized in a bass pro shop tackle box that my dad gave me.
Funny thing is, I ended up studying geology! Wish my mom would have kept that box, it would be fun to look through my collection today! :)

A said...

Anybody remember Highlights? I loved those "what's wrong with this picture" games. I was mildly obsessed for a time with writing a poem that would be accepted and published in an issue--and I succeeded! I too loved anything miniature, playing dinosaurs or chipmunks, and building blanket forts. As a pre-teen, my best friends and I were true creepers practically stalking JTT. We constantly sent him letters. Thank goodness Facebook didn't exist.

Courtney Biggs said...

I loved Japan too. I would write my own Mangas (comic books). I loved tiny trinkets, I would bring them everywhere with me! I also loved the American Girl magazines, I loved reading the articles. I loved cameras, and making home movies. Those were the days.

Poornimma Rajeev said...

Wonderful topic
i was obsessed with my dolls,babies.my son was very naughty but great vehicle reader and his obsesses are cars

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Lauren S said...

Beanie Babies, Disney Princesses, Dressing Up and I have phases of certain things like Mary-Kate + Ashley films, Doctor Who and more
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abroadathome said...

Totally obsessed weirdo as a kid. I loved hermit crabs to an extreme level, even though they eventually started to smell like hot garbage. I was obsessed with a set of animal flashcards that had facts about the most random animals (consequently this led to an obsession with beluga whales...). I was obsessed with Saved by the Bell and Spice Girls. And, I was crazy about the Goosebumps book series. Just out of control. Being a kid is so cool and weird. I love that about childhood.

Jody Winter said...

Monty Python of course!

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Danie Eichenberger said...

Oh dear, I was obsessed by so many things as well! Most of all in musicbands: First of all Roxette (She's got the look - oh yeah), Ace of Base (All that she wants), Michael Jackson - I loved the albums Bad & Dangerous and I remember many summer days, riding with my bicycle, the radio turned on loudly on the carrier, driving free-hand and singing all the songs :) And I also loved to do Playback Shows with my friends * Then Barbie's of course, my Babyborn doll, Erasers & Stickers * So funny to think back and everything is still so present in my mind and I know exactly how I felt that time * Love from Switzerland

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Elle said...

I was obsessed with ballet - could not get enough hours of practice in and would have worked out 8 hours a day if allowed. Actually did work out 4 hours a day and loved every minute. Also, Egypt. Aaand... count me in on the Louisa-May Alcott/Narnia/Nancy Drew bus.

And reading through the comments reminded me of an obsession I had for years that even then seemed weird to me - tiny people. Not cutesy ones, but Metropolis-style, actual miniature humans. I daydreamed about them quite a lot. Where does THAT come from?...!

Franklinspeaking said...

I loved Joan of Arc as a kid too. Strange, but true. Great post, reminds me of all the things I loved as kid.

Kendriana said...

I was interested in pillow forts, hot chocolate (at any time of the year,)Dragon Ball Z, tree climbing and those stop motion clay movies play on network TV during Christmas time. I LOVED writing and I was an only child for a while so I also played alone with dolls.

Karen Travels said...

Little House on the Prairie, Anne of Green gables, Baby sitter club books. I loved play mobile figures and accessories, but we never had many. I had a huge collection of My Little Ponies though, they must have been cheaper than Play Mobile.

mamamgeni.com said...

Plastic charm necklaces, Footloose (the original), horoscopes, Family Ties, Growing Pains, and George Michael. :)

Rachel said...

yes! little ceramic animals. Also, I was obsessed with my hamster and kept a dialy journal about what he did (so weird). I also loved everything manatees--and still hope to swim with them some day, they are soooo cute.

Holly Gruszka said...

I was obsessed with playing school and anything school or library. I made my own library pockets and was always drawing on my chalkboard. I saved old school workbooks to use to "play" school with my friends. Obsessed!

kendra said...

Bob Barker (i don't know. i guess it was my first crush. That tiny microphone was boss), the Beatles, Wind in the Willows (i pretended they were real and we all lived together in a mansion.)that fake strawberry fragrance that everything had

Molly said...

Paris (spurred by an awesome Magic Eye poster), dolphins, Carl Lewis (I was convinced we were related) and earrings.

Nadia said...

I had so many, but Joan of Arc and everything Japan were some of my biggest obsessions as a child. I would write papers on those subjects every time I could in school. The Japan obsession was so big that it followed me into adulthood and made me apply for Japan studies at university. Turns out it was not meant to be but I have never had a bigger obsession, I think.

katie said...

I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder--I dressed up as her for Halloween and I convinced my family to take a vacation to her house in Missouri. Also beanie babies, American Girl, and dry erase boards!

Stasha said...

Dinosaurs. I just loved them!

Meadow said...

I was obsessed with volcanoes and quicksand and becoming a "young lady" lol. I also really loved gorillas and food.

Ms. Magpie said...

I was obsessed with the Victorian lifestyle, manor houses, and boarding schools. Blame Frances Hodgson Burnett. I played variations on The Secret Garden and A Little Princess with my dolls for YEARS.

Aura Parks-Wise said...

i desperately wanted to achieve a "guiness book of world record" record. tried it with hula-hooping and made it one hour.
also obsessed with anne of green gables (& gilbert blythe!), listening to my mom's old joni mitchell, jefferson airplane and crosby stills and nash records, and reading agatha christie books.
kids are weird.

R.Y said...

vending machines! anything coin-operated in fact. i went a little crazy in japan as a result.

Jenny Parker said...

Barbies. I had over 100 of them, along with houses, cars, an airplane, and so so many clothes! And Paula Abdul, we'd make up dances to her tape. And Saved by the Bell- that was what we played at recess. So funny!

Cheryl@Swill / myswill.com said...

I'm still obsessed with tiny ceramic animals! Or anything tiny for that matter.

My obsession as a child was with unicorns. I think I had well over a hundred....I wonder where they are now? Mom?

tyler said...

horses.. and the Holocaust for some reason.

Bridget said...

LEONARDO DICAPRIO. thought we may legitimately get married. no lie.

Lauren said...

This is such a great topic! I'm dying of nostalgia after reading everyone's comments. Those little ceramic animals were addicting! Like someone else commented, I had an unending love for the Phantom of the Opera, which I saw in LA when I was 5 or 6 and then made my parents buy the soundtrack of for me to perform along to, naturally. Specific books and stories in general would fascinate me for months - Little Women, Anne of Green Gables, The sound of Music, anything about a long lost civilization and the inevitable curse its discoverers had to deal with. My brother and sister and I watched Newsies (with a very young Christian Bale!) approximately one million times. I remember gel pens and slap bracelets being THE BEST. And I was pretty obsessed with beating my best friend's Skip-It record in elementary school, when we weren't busy creating highly exclusive clubs with complicated hand shakes and code words...

wanderlustywriter said...

I still have my ceramic animals in a box in my parents' attic! I remember telling my sisters they'd be worth something someday and not to get rid of them ... they may not have appreciated in value but I'm keeping them all the same!

Rebekah R said...

Ballet, encyclopedias, medieval European history, Black Beauty, fairies, and Vikings (yes, the ones who went around plundering and pillaging... I have no idea).

CC said...

The Boxcar Children. I loved reading those books. I even rented their cookbook from the library (yes, the Boxcar Children have a cookbook) and that led to my obsession of drinking 1 part OJ 1 part Coke for quite a few years after that. Actually, it's been awhile since I've tried it. I think I might have one later just to reminisce.

Also I loved baking mini muffins. I was given a cookbook and mini muffin tin set for Christmas. My parents definitely didn't argue with this obsession.

And another large obsession was the idea that I needed a club house. This led to many poor attempts of building one and hanging out in structurally unsound places.

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Julie said...

The Weather Channel! I used to mute the tv and pretend to do the forecasts. I knew all the meteorologists and when their time slots were. I was glued to the TV during Hurricane Andrew (we live in Nebraska so it clearly didn't affect us).
Also, Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego...I loved that show!

Martini said...

Loved an empty peanut butter jar filled with rhinestone buttons from my aunt's dresses and blouses, hula hoops, Hogey Carmicheal, Kool-Ade, Dr. Kildare, my red Keds sneakers, paper dolls (June Allyson my fav!), pretend dress up and wearing high-heels, pretending to dance with Fred Astaire, Chinese Checkers, then The Beatles came along and I wasn't a "little girl" any longer. Fell in love with Paul McCartney ( 196? )and still adore him.

K8 said...

Even though it was way before my time, I loved I Love Lucy! I have a huge Lucy collection of dolls, music boxes, posters and even her memoir.

Susan Magnolia said...

I always wanted my own Hello Kitty store. I was so obsessed with all of it but especially pencil boxes, printed tape!. I had a sticker book and the scratch and sniff were the best. I could not get over how things smelled back then (like Sanrio erasers, Strawberry Shortcake dolls, Tinkerbell lotion)!

Susan Magnolia said...

Lip gloss! Lip smacker and Bonne Belle. I really obsessed over the small tins that had a sliding lid.

Hot Mess Housewife said...

"Jem and the Holograms", The Babysitters Club book series (seriously, I owned all but a handful of the books when I moved on from it), and making friendship bracelets after my older pre-teen cousin showed me how on vacation. :)

Heather said...

We need to see this video of you on the pogo stick!! I was a pogs and beanie babies fan.

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Amanda Simwaka said...

'm so glad a few others mentioned pogs and Oregon Trail! Haha, my sister and I would play Oregon Trail together and pretend that we were really headed to Oregon together.
Babysitters club
Rollerblading - my sister and cousin and I gave ourselves "rollerblading names" like Jeremy the Jaguar and Lisa the Leopard
Stuffed animals – particularly beanie babies
My sister and I would dance to a muppet babies tape
Books
Dinosaurs. When I was four all I wanted for Christmas was a pink dinosaur. My mom finally found one in the gift shop of the dinosaur ride at Knott's Berry Farm
Hello Kitty
American girl dolls - particularly looking through the catalogue
Keeping crickets as pets - my 4th grade teacher suggested it and I think I'm the only one who took her up on it

Tiffany said...

This was so nostalgic, it got me thinking and remembering my childhood again :) I used to love ancient Greek mythology and Aesop's fables, and would read them all. the. time. I also was obsessed with a revolutionary figure named Kolokotronis (still am till today actually). Another obsession were dresses. Unless we had gym class I would not wear pants for any reason. And finally, a HUGE obsession were miniature things like Polly Pockets. Anything that came in mini size I would become infatuated with, until I started making my own with polymer clay :)

Mrs. Sitzman said...

In living color! I wanted to be a Wayan desperately. My brothers and I used to write and perform little sketch comedy shows. In 3rd grade I listed in living color and get a life as my favorite tv shows. I invited Damon Wayans and Ed ONeal to a dream dinner party in 5th grade. Comedy was how we passed the time in the sticks :0) and I loved cool erasers

Analog Girl said...

I truly believed that Peter Pan was real. I hoped every night that he would come take me to Neverland. I read the book so many times and was sooooo in love with it.
Other childhood obsessions included classic Disney Movies like Sleeping Beauty and Alice in Wonderland (of course I thought Wonderland was real too), fairy tales, Indiana Jones, archaeology, and Uncle Scrooge's comic books.

I haven't thought of those things for so long! :)

Silvia said...

First, I love your posts Joanna, they always make me think and also pose the same questions to my boyfriend and thus learn more about him. So, since I asked him, I'll include those too!

My boyfriend's obsessions were: string (apparently he loved to make and undo all sorts of crazy knots and tie them all around the house), legos (he designed and built all sorts of creations), puppies (he would have happily gone with any stranger as long as they had a puppy), and dragons (he still loves them!).

And mine were: Batman (I used to tie a jump rope to random things and pretend to scale buildings), Beauty and the Beast (I was obsessed with Belle!), the Babysitter's club books (I tried to start my own BSC), X-Men (I religiously watched the show), Spanish soap operas (they inspired many of my make believe scenarios), collectible Barbies (I saved up my allowance to buy them), Lisa Frank stickers (I had a huuuge collection), ballet (I wanted to be a professional ballerina).

julie said...

when i was little, i was obsessed with hello kitty. my ballet studio was next door to a shop that carried it and i would have to go in each week and see what was new. my favorite hello kitty items in my collection were the tape dispenser and finger nail clippers. Ha! random, right?

tobylynne said...

I'm a little behind on commenting, but a few things I was obsessed with:

1) paper dolls - I had so many of these, it was insanity!
2) rocks/gemstones - my family went on a road trip from Seattle to Wisconsin and I was in heaven with all the quartz, tiger eyes, etc.
3) speaking other languages - I just always thought it was cool!
4) R.E.M., the Beatles, the Beach Boys, and Simon & Garfunkel

I'm sure there were more, but these were the most important!

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