Friday, April 8, 2011

Here We Come...

I am basking in a spring cleaner's paradise.  I was attempting to de-clutter our bedroom closet.  I drudged through old maternity and prom dresses.  I sorted ties and suits.  I organized gift bags and bows. 

Bows that were covering a pile of old VHS tapes.

This was memory lane gold.  I had home videos from Girl Scout fashion shows, lip sync contests that had me dressed like an Egyptian walking to the beat of a Bangles song, and a 3rd grade "news" project where I did a segment on teeth brushing.  Those were great, but the cherry on top were the old Monkee episodes I had dubbed when they were in reruns on Nick At Nite. 

That was a treasure worth unearthing AND cleaning the closet.

I dusted those babies off and my memories.  I know the theme song by heart and most of the songs the boys ever sang.  I wanted to relive Micky's slapstick comedy and Davy's starry eyes when a pretty girl walked in the room.  Mike's little green hat and Peter's sheepish demeanor were peering over my shoulder, taunting me. Oh-  and the music was filling my head!

I was rearing to go and completely forget my cleaning agenda.  Heaps of old dress slacks and children lit books were plastering my bed.  I didn't care.  I wanted to enjoy a little Monkee action and relax for a few minutes.  It literally has been years since a Monkee episode flashed across my television screen and I was already belting out the theme in my tone deaf voice, much to my boys' disgust, "Here we come, walking down the street..."

I was ready.

Then reality hit me. 

We don't have a VCR anymore!

THAT was the end of that. 

I returned to that old dingy closet and finished my work.

I did turn on a CD of the Monkees greatest hits.  It was the next best thing to watching those old episodes.  In typical Monkee fashion, the music paired up with what I was doing.  As Davy wallowed through the song, I Wanna Be Free, in a little ironic twist I wanted to be free from that closet.  I was Goin' Down fast and I was blaming the whole fiasco of the messy closet on my husband, but It's A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You brought me back from the blame game.  Words filled my house and I yearned to share those videos with my sons.  Finally, That Was Then, This Is Now hit home and I finally succumbed to my fate of no VCR.

The Monkees CD helped me drown my "sorrows" and enjoy a little retro cleaning therapy.  I found my optimistic mindset and am now on the market for a VCR.  There is an auction in town this weekend calling my name.  Hopefully, I will be able to score a cheap VHS player. 

I have a lot of favorite Monkee songs.  I am currently revisiting Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another DayWhat is your favorite song at the moment?  Do you have a fave Monkee episode?

3 comments:

Sarah said...

Oh wow! I had every Monkees episode recorded from Nick at Nite as well... and (like you), I have no way to play those VHS videos...

But now I'm tempted to see if the series is available on DVD!

(That takes me back..)

Sarah
Uberlibrariana

Plain Graces said...

Thanks Sarah- I had to check Amazon for the DVD's- they do have some of them available. I might have to start putting hints out for my birthday! LOL

Leslie said...

Doesn't Netflix have the monkees?