Thursday, April 3, 2014
Cabbage Patch Rant For Letter 'C' of the A-Z Challenge
In honor of Throw Back Thursday on Facebook I asked for a retro words starting with the letter “C” for the A-Z challenge. Cabbage Patch Kids is what I ended up with.
I never owned a Cabbage Patch Kid and I don’t think it was a toy I ever asked for. Although I do recall liking the way they smelled-- a strange combination of baby powder and plastic. I was mostly fascinated with the adoption certificate they came with. It was like opening a box of Cracker Jacks (another “C” retro word by the way) because you didn’t know what you would get. Would his name be Ramsey Linus or her name Petunia Lindsey? These are real names I found on eBay. Cabbage Patch Kids were both cute and creepy at the same time.
The early 80’s craze they inspired was everywhere; from television commercials to the big prize on the wheel at the Seaside Boardwalk right next to the game where you won cigarettes. I only won the cigarettes.
The more I think about it the more I think I dislike Cabbage Patch Kids. If nothing else they initiated the holiday toy frenzy that continues today. Ever since their introduction parents everywhere have felt the need to fulfill the coveted ‘toy of the year’ for their kid by December 25th making Cabbage Patch Kids the start of a very bad trend.