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.
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.
Tomorrow's Gonna Be Another Day. What is your favorite song at the moment? Do you have a fave Monkee episode?