Those of us of a certain age need only hear Daniel Stern’s voice to call Kevin and Winnie to mind instantly – some of us may find those memories conflict with the memories of Diner, but maybe that’s just me, growing up nearish to Baltimore and being a huge fan of Barry Levinson. When I think back, I can call whole episodes of The Wonder Years to mind, and the show’s view of the suburbs jived with my memories of growing up a suburban kid. I did live in Brooklyn for a number of years, but my one clear memory is of getting off the school bus my first day of kindergarten at the stop near my Aunt’s house and walking home from there. Her house and ours were slightly offset across the back fence, so really just around the block, but you can imagine my mother’s horror when I did NOT get off the bus..in Brooklyn..at five..and came strolling around the corner shortly after. But I digress…
The voiceover from The Wonder Years had a way to move me to tears more than just about any TV show before or since.
Growing up happens in a heartbeat. One day you’re in diapers, the next day you’re gone. But the memories of childhood stay with you for the long haul. I remember a place, a town, a house like other houses, a yard like a lot of other yards, on a street like a lot of other streets. And the thing is, after all these years, I still look back, with wonder.
Heck it almost makes me tear up even now, soppy old mare that I am.
I was looking thru some older photos, of my kids in their typically suburban neighborhood, and I though it might be a nice idea to use a few quotes for a page. And since I am on this whole printables kick anyway, I figured why not at least size them right for PL? I can always resize them for my own use so it’s not a sacrifice to make them useful to others to begin with.
So here you go. Just a page, five 3 x 4 blocks, simple design. Here’s the screen cap:
and a couple of shots of them cut:
I actually took great pains to try to make the text fall along the grid lines. I printed them with the text positioned based on the parameters of the boxes at first, but I found not having the text along the lines annoyed me, so I re-did them. Do you care about stuff like that or is it just me?
Most of them are only parts of quotes, and the family one (about their old car, remember?) is modified to make it more useful, so present tense rather than past. Goggle Wonder Years quotes for more.
To be honest, all I want to do today is curl up on the sofa – I’m catching the cold DH brought home, I can feel it percolating in my system – as it would be a good excuse to gulp down the rest of Moneyball. Yes, yes, I KNOW it’s a movie, but I would always rather read the book. I loved Liar’s Poker by the same author so thought this one might be good too. It is. Excellent. And I am not a huge baseball fan, but in fact the book is about much more than baseball. Funnily enough when I was a kid I read and re-read Instant Reply (a football diary by Jerry Kramer, a Green Bay Packer) so many times I wore it out – and I still keep Vince-Lombardi-time in my head. So it seems I have a soft spot for sports stories. Who knew?