Back in the late 70s and early 80s televisions shows, movies or serial programs were often an event. You’d run your finger across the television listing in the newspaper turning the tip black with newsprint ink, looking for something special that was coming on. Shows were something that you looked forward to because you couldn’t have them on demand, couldn’t rewind, couldn’t watch them later. Some were only on yearly and for a little kid, that made them special. As I think back about those times, I am filled with nostalgia and almost of feeling of longing. I miss that innocence.
Some of the hallmark moments of my childhood were related to Charlie Brown holiday specials. Those were big for me. Along with something like “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown” a few other things stand out as having carved a space in my childhood heart – The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe cartoon, Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park, one particular Toys R Us Christmas commercial and the Puff the Magic Dragon cartoon. Ugh. I still remember bawling my brains out over Puff.
“And now it’s time to be truly brave, to face growing up … and to go beyond childish fantasies such as dragons and not need them anymore. Unless absolutely necessary.”
-Puff The Magic Dragon, 1978
I never thought I would challenge the wisdom of that wise, old dragon. But I’m here to tell you, kids – you don’t need to move beyond your childish fantasies of dragons and such. As a matter of fact, you should hang on to them as long as your little fingers will allow. The world is a much brighter place when you can still see purple dragons.
This is a terrible picture but it give you some idea of the scale of the dragon. I want one 🙂