Friday, January 6, 2012

It's junior high school all over again.

Since I just finished watching Mad Men through season 4 (and now am all caught up for when the new season starts in March), I was poking around Netflix trying to find another television show to watch and came across The Wonder Years. And didn't think twice about starting the series from the beginning.

I used to absolutely, positively adore that show. I felt all the angst that Kevin Arnold felt, mostly because I was going through very similar situations. All those junior high school feelings came rushing back last night when I watched the first couple of episodes. I remember the raging insecurity, the feeling of not fitting in with the cool crowd. The awkwardness of PE class, sitting in the gym in my uniform, waiting to be forced into doing something in front of my peers that would most likely embarrass me. And I am so thankful to be done with those days. It was such a difficult two years for me. Looking back, I am amazed that I made it through. Thank goodness for my awesome group of five girlfriends - I do not know what I would have done without them.

And The Wonder Years helped a little, too. Knowing that someone else felt the same way I did, even if it was a fictitious character on television, brought so much comfort to me. I was not alone.

Plus, I had a huge crush on Fred Savage.