Keys, Please or Home Sweet Home

A toy car came out in the mid-80s.  The car fit into a base that had a lock.  You needed a key to unlock the base and then when you hit the base with your fist, the car shot out.  An ad campaign accompanied the release of the cars, commercials airing during He-Man with a kid yelling across the room, “Keys, please,” and the keys flying to him so he can use his car.

Lunch cost 50 cents in 1984:  Milk, pizza, and a vegetable.  Baseball cards cost 40 cents a pack:  Pete Rose, Mike Schmidt, and Rod Carew.  Each day, I pretended I wasn’t hungry and ran for the kickball field at lunchtime.

Mom’s ’82 Datsun rolled in front of the school at 4 and I yearned for food.  Before she stopped the car in our driveway, I had the door open.  I ran toward the front door, yelling across the yard, “Keys, please,” and she threw them my way.  I left the keys in the door and grabbed the Kix or Trix or Golden Grahams.  I sat in front of the TV with my bowl of cereal, waiting for my favorite commercials.

We received the keys to our new home.  The delivery team hardly broke anything and Kris worked tirelessly getting the house in living order.

Zach and I worked hard, too.

We’re settled in Alaska now and ready to tackle the challenges.

Kris and I celebrated our second anniversary, too.

About Jimmy

The stories herein are about a sentimental 80s child who cried at every showing of ET (the sad part where he was lying in the wash) and his families, then and now. His wife, son, parents, and siblings play their parts well. They have their exits and their entrances. Sometimes their exits are sad, but not as sad as ET.
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21 Responses to Keys, Please or Home Sweet Home

  1. inkline says:

    I see some link between your childhood and the apples that come home in your lunchbox and the bags of chocolate chips that always disappear from the pantry…
    Glad our 2nd anniversary got such an honorable mention.
    Also glad you’re changing Zach’s diaper.
    Here’s my footnote: 🙂

  2. squirrel circus says:

    Congratulations on your anniversary AND a successful move! So many people whose blogs I follow are moving….does refinancing count? We just did that. 🙂

  3. Ron says:

    I had an early 80’s DAtson 210. It was one of the best cars I’ve ever owned.

  4. paralaxvu says:

    Happy anniversary and a happy end of move!

  5. Happy 2nd anniversary! Glad most of your things arrived intact and you are getting settled into your new home. Best wishes! 🙂

  6. Mom says:

    Very cute pictures of Zach. Glad you’re moved in and feeling at home—just wish you weren’t so far away. Love you.

  7. granbee says:

    Happy, happy anniversary, you guys! So glad you are settling into your new Alaskan home. And Zack looks as though he is having most fun of all! Thanks for the 80’s nostalgia, when my own children were growing up!

  8. Maxi says:

    Is Zack playing an anniversary song? Happy Second.
    Blessings – Maxi

    • Jimmy says:

      Even though we got married in July, we sang a Christmas song (I’ll write about it next post). That’s the song Zach was playing!

  9. dorannrule says:

    Happy Anniversary! And congratulations on your move. Can’t wait to read all about it. Alaska? Wow!

  10. Natalie says:

    Happy Anniversary and all the best in Alaska!

  11. Life’s been a little hectic at my house, so I am WAY behind in reading your blog. Congrats on the anniversary and successful move. Alaska? Sounds very exciting!!

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