One of the things I love about this, my most favorite series, is how carefully everyone connected with it guards its secrets. There are many movies and tv shows I have never bothered to see because the previews have given the whole thing away.
But this morning's paper does say that the new season opens around Thanksgiving of 1964, which has got me wondering ~ what were we all doing then?
I was 11, which means that I was in Mr. Curran's 6th grade class ~ in the one year of school that I really, really loved, because Mr. Curran ignored the fact that our tiny rural school had no science curriculum to speak of, and taught us about amoebas, euglenas, and paramecium.
It was also the first year of endless arguments with my stepmother over my attire and appearance ~ the year that some girls began to wear hose and lipstick. It's hard to believe that we imagined the girdle to be a desirable undergarment! I guess this was my idea of how I should look:
And it was the year I fell in love for the first time, with Toby Adams, the smartest boy in my class. Since The Addams Family was on television, my main role model was Morticia, whom I planned to become when Toby and I got married and both became brain surgeons (that science class influence was pretty strong):
And lest you think we were all about love and marriage and careers, let me remind you that Bewitched was also a hit that year. My friend Sarah and I spent our recesses dunking basketballs (we staged a fruitless demonstration for the institution of a girls' basketball team) and hopefully twitching our noses.
We were little girls in penny loafers and pleated skirts, playing basketball on a crumbling blacktop in farm country, far from the glamorous women we longed to emulate ~ but we were full of hope.
It will be interesting to see if either the Addams or Stephens families makes it into Mad Men's advertising portfolio.
What do you remember from 1964?