Yesterday, I spent part of the afternoon going through some old family papers. Most of them made me giggle, a few made me howl with laughter, and a few others brought a tear or two to my eye. Just for the fun of it, I want to share the Christmas lists that our two daughters wrote in 1999. Anybody who had, or was, a teenager in 1999 should remember or relate to at least some of the items on these lists.
Here they are, reproduced exactly as they wrote them.
First Born's List (she was 17 at the time)
CD organizer (about 72 discs)
Clothes or gift certificates
Little silver hoop earrings (cheap ones)
Black liquid eyeliner
Dill pickle popcorn seasoning
Lipsmackers (9000 flavours)
"Big Shiny Tunes 4"
Black leather jacket (please and thanks)
Back Street Boys "Millenium"
Dixie Chicks new CD
Yoga Kid's' List (she was 14 at the time)
Stereo with remote control, extra bass, DBBS, programmable
Corner table (Ikea)
Korn "Issues" CD
Clothes (funky skirts)
Big blue inflatable chair
Yoga Kid still loves music, funky clothes and jewellery. She still reads mostly non-fiction books, the majority of which focus on yoga, her life's passion. She's into photography, and has a very fancy camera that she used the day that she and I spent the afternoon at the beach last month. She takes a wicked shot of sea glass, check it out! She still takes great care with her beautiful head of hair, but I don't think she would be caught dead with gel nails, today.
First Born was joking about the pony, but she still begs us every year to get a family puppy to replace our dog Molly, who died a few years ago. She has an iPhone these days, and has for all of her teenage and adult life been very phone focussed. It's funny to see that she asked for a "cordless" phone. I don't think there are any phones today that even have cords, are there? She still loves silver hoop earrings, and dill pickle popcorn seasoning. She has an apartment, but she didn't get it for Christmas.
They were good kids, that year. They definitely got a few of the things that they put down on those lists.