11 Things You Remember If You Grew Up As A '90s Kid

11 Things You Remember If You Grew Up As A '90s Kid

It was a different world back then.
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The Millennials are a unique generation. '90s babies, you are the only generation who grew up without technology and with technology, all within the span of 15 years. Now, you could navigate an iPhone in your sleep. But you also remember a time when iPhones didn’t exist. Here are some nostalgic memories you have if you were born in the mid-'90s.

1. Running around in bare feet.

You stepped on stickers in the yard and sprinted across sizzling hot roads in the summer. You would groan when Mom and Dad yelled at you to wash your feet off with the hose before coming inside.

2. Spending every hour of daylight outside.

You would try and sneak your Game Boy Color outside without your parents seeing, but you couldn’t see the screen in the sun, anyway. Mostly you played kickball and various made-up versions of baseball with the neighborhood kids.


3. The Sprinkler-Trampoline Duo.

One day, you realized that putting the sprinkler underneath the trampoline was a brilliant idea. Until your feet slipped out from under you on a jump and you crashed and burned hard. Didn’t stop you though. You practiced your backflip for hours in the cool water.

4. Roasting marshmallows on actual sticks.

Dad would start the fire, Mom supplied the s’mores stuff and you raced into the woods (or to the nearest tree) to find a worthy stick for the ‘mallows. After Dad sharpened it with his pocket knife, you were set for the rest of the night.

5. Asking your friends to come out and play.

You didn’t even know what a text message was at this point, let alone an iPhone. Every house had a landline, but you rarely used it. You just ran across the street and knocked on the door.

6. Boredom.

Being bored is a good thing, and you knew the feeling well. These were the times when you came up with the most imaginative games. You pretended to be warriors, tigers, pilgrims, cops, you name it. You would gather crabapples and serve them to your siblings as the rations from that day’s hunt. Totally normal.

7. Helping out in the garage.

This was back when cars weren’t completely computerized. If your dad needed to change the oil or replace a part, you were right there to hand him tools and hold the light. If you were lucky, he would let you under the car, too, but only after finding you a pair of safety glasses.

8. Mowing the lawn with a push mower.

If you had a big yard, this was an especially difficult task. You might have been paid for this chore, but most likely you just did it because you were told. These were back in the days when kids respected their parents, after all.

9. SNES and Nintendo 64.

You were only allotted about an hour at night for video games, and it was the fastest hour of the day. You were scared of the bosses in "Legend of Zelda" and "Donkey Kong," but you felt invincible once you beat them.

10. Lemonade stands.

Because nothing teaches kids the value of a dollar like selling Dixie cups of lemonade-flavored Kool-Aid for 25 cents a pop. Splitting the $10 profit with your friend at the end of the day made you feel like a million bucks.

11. Having to eat your dinner, even if you didn't like it.

You remember chewing a single bite of food for over 10 minutes because you didn't want to swallow it. Rarely could you actually get away with spitting out mouthfuls into your napkin. Every Brussels sprout was a traumatic experience. And if you wanted ice cream later, you had to eat every single one. But hey, you survived.

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I'm The Girl Without A 'Friend Group'

And here's why I'm OK with it

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Little things remind me all the time.

For example, I'll be sitting in the lounge with the people on my floor, just talking about how everyone's days went. Someone will turn to someone else and ask something along the lines of, "When are we going to so-and-so's place tonight?" Sometimes it'll even be, "Are you ready to go to so-and-so's place now? Okay, we'll see you later, Taylor!"

It's little things like that, little things that remind me I don't have a "friend group." And it's been like that forever. I don't have the same people to keep me company 24 hours of the day, the same people to do absolutely everything with, and the same people to cling to like glue. I don't have a whole cast of characters to entertain me and care for me and support me. Sometimes, especially when it feels obvious to me, not having a "friend group" makes me feel like a waste of space. If I don't have more friends than I can count, what's the point in trying to make friends at all?

I can tell you that there is a point. As a matter of fact, just because I don't have a close-knit clique doesn't mean I don't have any friends. The friends I have come from all different walks of life, some are from my town back home and some are from across the country. I've known some of my friends for years, and others I've only known for a few months. It doesn't really matter where they come from, though. What matters is that the friends I have all entertain me, care for me, and support me. Just because I'm not in that "friend group" with all of them together doesn't mean that we can't be friends to each other.

Still, I hate avoiding sticking myself in a box, and I'm not afraid to seek out friendships. I've noticed that a lot of the people I see who consider themselves to be in a "friend group" don't really venture outside the pack very often. I've never had a pack to venture outside of, so I don't mind reaching out to new people whenever.

I'm not going to lie, when I hear people talking about all the fun they're going to have with their "friend group" over the weekend, part of me wishes I could be included in something like that. I do sometimes want to have the personality type that allows me to mesh perfectly into a clique. I couldn't tell you what it is about me, but there is some part of me that just happens to function better one-on-one with people.

I hated it all my life up until very recently, and that's because I've finally learned that not having a "friend group" is never going to be the same as not having friends.

SEE ALSO: To The Girls Who Float Between Friend Groups

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After 'Extremely Wicked' And 'The Stranger Beside Me,' We Now Understand The Criminal Mind Of Ted Bundy

1 hour and 50 minutes, plus 550 pages later.

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Netflix recently released a movie in May called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile" (2019), based on the life of Ted Bundy from his girlfriend's viewpoint.

In 1980, an author and former Seattle police officer, Ann Rule, published a book about her experience and personal, close friendship with Ted Bundy, called "The Stranger Beside Me."

These two sources together create an explosion of important information we either skim over or ignore about Ted Bundy. Watching this movie and reading this book can really open your eyes to who Ted Bundy really was. Yeah, there are the confession tapes on Netflix, too, but these other things can really tie it all into one big masterpiece of destruction.

I swear, it will blow your mind in different ways you never thought possible.

In the movie, "Extremely Wicked", Zac Efron stars as the infamous Ted Bundy, America's most notorious serial killer. He portrayed the murderer who kidnapped, killed, and raped 30 women or more. Personally, he made a great Ted Bundy, mannerisms and all. Lily Collins stars as Ted's girlfriend who was easily manipulated by Ted and believed that he was innocent for years.

The movie is told in the order that Liz, Ted's girlfriend, remembers.

In the book, "The Stranger Beside Me", Ann Rule writes about Ted Bundy, who used to be her old friend. They met while working at a crisis center in the state of Washington and were close ever since. Like Liz, Ann believed he was innocent and that he was incapable of these horrific crimes.

Ted Bundy had made both Liz and Ann fools. He easily manipulated and lied to both women about many things for years, his murders being "one" of them.

Okay, so we all know that Ted Bundy was absolutely guilty as hell and totally murdered those women. 30 women or more. He literally confessed to that, but researchers and authorities believe that number to be way higher.

But... you must know that the movie and the book tell two different stories that lead to the same ending. That's why it's so intriguing.

At one point, I couldn't stop watching the movie. Then, I bought Ann Rule's book and was completely attached to it. I couldn't put it down.

For me, Ted Bundy is interesting to me. Unlike most young girls today, I don't have a thing for him nor do I think he's cute or hot. I know that he used his charm and looks to lure women into his murderous trap. That's why it's so hard to understand why this movie and book created a new generation of women "falling in love" with Ted Bundy.

GROSS: He sodomized women with objects. He bludgeoned women with objects or his own hands. He was a necrophile. Look those up if you have not a clue of what they mean. That could change your mind about your own feelings for Ted Bundy.

After "Extremely Wicked" and "The Stranger Beside Me", I now understand the criminal mind of Ted Bundy. He was insane, but he was also smart, put together, educated, charming, and lots more. That's why I'm so interested in why his brain was the way it was.

The criminal mind is an interesting topic for me anyway, but for Ted Bundy, it was amazing to learn about.

I highly recommend both the movie and the book I quickly read in two weeks! If you want answers, they are there.

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