Childhood Reference Say What!?


Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to OpenIcons

"Roadwork Ahead! Uh...yeah, I sure hope it does!" This is one of the many vine references still used today (Photo courtesy of Pixabay, photo credits to OpenIcons).

At one time or another, we have all been sitting in a classroom, reminiscing nostalgic memories from our childhood. Whether it be a TV show, a toy, or a mere event that brings us back, these situations always remind us of a time when we weren’t in high school.

Who doesn’t remember those classic Disney, Nickelodeon, and Cartoon Network TV shows and movies? Hannah Montana, Drake and Josh, Wizards of Waverly Place, A.N.T Farm, Phineas and Ferb, and Good Luck Charlie were notable influencers in our past, and still play a part in everyday conversations. To this day, we can still hear Josh’s iconic line, “Well I ain’t callin’ you a truther!” as we step into the halls. Sunday morning cartoons were also part of our weekly routines, and the classics such as, Tom & Jerry and Looney Tunes, often made a debut. While they were always predictable, we still awaited the end, solely to see what happened to the cat and coyote.

“I love Tom & Jerry!” said senior Will Arndt. “So many memories!”

The Disney original movies, still to this day, are some of our generation’s favorites. Lemonade Mouth, Radio Rebel, Camp Rock, High School Musical, and Read It and Weep are a few of the hundreds that influenced our crushes and catchphrases. We still jam out to the songs that were in these movies and attempt to sing the whole rap in the iconic song “Determinate” from Lemonade Mouth.  

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While we may be older, we can still appreciate the toys and games that were a part of our childhood. Legos, My Little Pony, Pokemon, American Girl Dolls, and CareBears capture the essence of our early elementary school years. Without a doubt, we all begged our parents for a Club Penguin Membership, a Poptropica account, or a Webkinz. However, once the Wii came out, it was all about creating your Mii character. Even though the song is a meme now, it can still remind us of our Wii bowling days. Silly Bandz were another iconic symbol of our generation. With sleeves full, we would walk through the playground looking to trade our monkey bracelet for a dollar sign. Silly Bandz were quickly replaced by another rubber band, the Rainbow Loom. We would weave bands into the most intricate designs, displaying them on our arms for all to see.

“We are the rubber band generation,” said sophomore Brigitte Pinochet.

Gen Z has also somewhat established social media to what it is today. We were here for the height and demise of Vine (*cries*), the death of Facebook, and the old YouTube icon that appeared on the early Apple products. These programs influenced our lives in a way that no other generation will understand. Every time we drive down the road and see a “Roadwork Ahead” sign, we have the urge to say, “Uh yeah, I sure hope it does!” even if everyone else in the car looks at us with unusual glances.

“We pioneered social media,” said sophomore Abby McDonald

Our generation is unquestionably one full of creativity that led us into the technology era, with new social media platforms, toys, television, and movies. Our ability to communicate and share rapidly has brought us all closer together, allowing us to be with others, even if we aren’t physically there. This generation of kids is certainly going to influence the world.

“We are kind to each other, and we share each other’s pain and happiness. That’s my favorite thing; our ability to share emotions and sympathize with others,” said sophomore Enoch Orozco.