Little girls have big dreams. Little girls with cable television have BIG pop culture dreams. Most of us were inspired by some of the ladies that graced our small screens. For a little girl in a very little town, television was access to the big world that was beyond my rural county lines.
Yep, it's true. I heart pop culture and I heart television. There, I said it. Growing up, I wanted to be the following five characters.
First up, Samantha Stevens.
First of all, Elizabeth Montgomery is aesthetic perfection. Seriously, could she have been any prettier? Even with two different Darrens for husbands (did they not think we'd notice?), she ruled the Stevens roost with grace. The twitch of that nose killed me with envy and, if I'm being perfectly honest, still does. I continue to hope I will someday discover my inner witch.
Madison in Splash
We didn't have MTV in my little town when I was a kid, but my parents did go ahead, take pity on us and subscribe to Showtime. We recorded the movie Splash and I think I almost wore that poor VHS tape out. I tried to watch it recently, and - I'll tell you the truth - it left something to be desired to my now adult movie viewer. However, at the time, yowza. That movie was it. Period. I am convinced that all little girls wanted to grow up to be mermaids. When swimming, I would lock my legs together and practice swimming with my faux fin.
When I was little, I loved watching Mork & Mindy with my mom. Na-Nu, Na-Nu. That show was straight up hilarious. Remember? No? Maybe you're too young. Order it on Netflix. You can thank me later. Pam Dawber as Mindy was just the sweetest thing.
Did you watch Jem and the Holograms? I watched it religiously and even had the dolls (with the accompanying tapes). A few years back, my friend Danny and I watched several of the episodes together and he and I were both shocked to realize I still knew all the words to all the songs. Isn't the memory a crazy and powerful thing? When trying to think of how to explain this series to those of you unfortunate enough to have never seen the show, I ended up on Wikipedia. Reading about the plot, I realized I could never really do it justice. So, here's how they explained it: "The central secret of the series is that Jem is in fact the alter ego of Jerrica Benton, owner/manager of Starlight Music, who adopts this persona with the help of Synergy, a holographic computer designed to be the ultimate visual entertainer..." Um, ok. Totally wacky and completely awesome. Just look at them. They were stylin'. Oh, and remember Jem/Jerrica's boyfriend, Rio? So dreamy.
Madonna is the only non-character on the list. Well, except that she kind of is. It's true that we didn't have MTV until I was almost seventeen, but (thank you, universe) my babysitter did. Oh, and we had Night Tracks every Friday night on TBS. My eighties ladies, do you remember Night Tracks? I turned to my trusty friend, the VCR, and recorded every Madonna video that aired on those magical Friday nights. The bangle bracelets, the fake mole, the crucifix... I still can't believe my parents let their five year old daughter buy the Like A Virgin cassette tape, but I am eternally grateful. When I was a little girl, I wanted to grow up to be a teacher, marry Huey Lewis, have four children, live in a pink mansion and - in the summers - I planned on touring the country and impersonating Madonna as a character I coined Ladonna. You think I'm kidding, don't you? I wish I was. Just ask Carina. I'm afraid this is 100% true.
So, these were the pop culture dreams of a little version of just a small town girl. When you were young, who did you want to be? I can't wait to hear! Xoxo.