25 years ago

1983.

Michael Jackson’s album “Thriller” when he looked pretty much as God had intended him to look.

Hot movies were The Big Chill, Flashdance, Terms of Endearment, Sudden Impact, National Lampoon’s Vacation, and the “final” Star Wars’ Return of the Jedi, which was going to be Revenge of the Jedi and if you have a “Revenge” poster, you could have enough money to take that vacation you wanted.

Annie took her 2377th bow on Broadway, Klaus Barbie was arrested in Bolivia, Apple Lisa hit the streets, Bjorn Borg retired, the Redskins beat the Dolphins in the Superbowl, and Iran invaded Iraq.  History may repeat itself on a larger scale unless we have the presence of mind to actually pay attention to history.

Challenger astronauts performed the first spacewalk, the UK enacted their mandatory seatbelt law while my kids were still flying around the back seat, and Ghandi won 8 oscars.

Lebanon, Israel and the United States agree on an Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon.  Some things don’t change. 

Margaret Thatcher takes the Prime Minister post, Sally Ride rides the shuttle, Vanessa Williams is crowned Miss America (not for long), Diana Ross performs a free concert in Central Park, and Hooters opens in Clearwater, Florida. You go, girls — all but the Hooters thing.

Simultaneous suicide truck-bombings destroy both the French and the United States Marine Corps barracks in Beirut, killing 241 US servicemen, 58 French paratroopers and 6 Lebanese civilians. In case that went over your head, that was a terrorist attack, one of the first of 16 that fell into the snooze alarm category 18 years before 9/11/2001. 

The Soviet Union shot down Korean Air flight 007, Tom Brokaw hired on with the NBC Nightly News, and Jesse Jackson announced his run for president. 

If you watched it firsthand, you are either gray or coloring your hair.  If you overheard your parents talking about it, you were watching cartoons and need to get to the gym while you still have a chance to maintain a youthful appearance.  If you want more, go here.  Back on the homefront in Litchfield, MN ……..

I turned 33 and had gone back to work in order to pay the light bill and to escape more VBS leader duty.  That was an abysmal failure, one I did not want to repeat, ever.  Up until the spring of ’81, a week before my baby turned 4, I had been a stay at home mom and we were so strapped.  I found a sitter for 80 cents an hour for the two of them.  I don’t know what the inflated figure would be today but I do remember that was the days before licensing and regulations.  A friend could take in as many as she and the parents were comfortable with. I found out years later that the child was unhappy with the sitter.  Gee, I thought the look on her face was that she was unhappy with me.  Who knew?  May I officially apologize for going to work too soon.

The back deck was still 10 x 10, open and good only for daylight hours before the mosquitos took over.  That way, when we all got home from work, we were stuck inside unless you wanted to ride the bicycle fast enough to outrun the skeets.

We were driving the Concord hatchback, should have been called The Fishtail being so poor on slippery roads.  Without at least 3 bags of water softener salt in the back, you weren’t going many places in the winter.  It worked until Honey actually put the salt in the softener and didn’t tell me.

The furniture store in Hutchinson was struggling after having been opened about 3 minutes before the recession of ’82, a direct result of Carter’s 20+% prime interest of the late 70’s.  The store ultimately did not make it. Thanks again, Jimmy, easily understood to be the worst president ever in office.

Not a great deal more than that stands out.  1983 is a good example of when my kids were small, the parents were not yet rickety, we were not yet gray and still nicely young.  Some good old days.  Our current days are very different, yet still good.  God has blessed us.

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