I was always the youngest in the family. When I was born in 1990, the younger of my two sisters was already nine and my eldest sister eleven. They weren’t even ’90s kids at that point. My eldest sister was actually an ’80s kid with the younger one being part ’80s and part ’90s. So basically, I grew up in a house with two ’90s teens. As expected, I was exposed to a lot more than most children my age. I was exposed to music that wasn’t just pop hits. My sisters would play everything from ’80s stuff, especially Madonna, to ’90s stuff like alternative rock to adult contemporary to Eurodance to indie music. Although at the time I couldn’t appreciate most music, hearing music from when I couldn’t appreciate it still brings back a lot of nostalgia. I remember being in the car with my sister and her best friend on the way home from the mall, listening to an old Green Day song circa 1995 I’m guessing, though it could possibly be 1994.
My room was right next to the middle sister, the ’80s baby who I will, from this point on call, the ‘nice’ sister as she was very nice and my other sister was often crabby and irritable. She exposed me to indie music which I would later realize how obscure a lot of it was, due to never hearing it mentioned on the internet outside YouTube comments on the specific videos. Heck, today a lot of music I listen to was what she exposed me to. From Garbage to Luscious Jackson, to more obscure stuff like Bis and my absolute favorite since 6th grade, Cibo Matto (Italian for crazy food), it all came from my sister and I merely explored from what she had found and went even deeper but I feel as if I will never make such a find that my sister made. During the era my musical interest began, she was already in college and listening to all sorts of alternative and indie stuff; stuff most kids my age would never in a million years be exposed to unless they had a sibling of a similar age. It was easier to be exposed to the alternative rock and grunge of the ’90s than the indie stuff my ‘nice’ sister exposed me to, since it usually played on mainstream radio.
Being a child with two teenagers in my house meant seeing a lot more teen fashions. I remember loads of neon colors, oversized t-shirts, stone-washed dungarees or jeans as we call them now. They all wore plaid flannel shirts and other cool stuff, like sequined dresses in dark, rich colors, though I may be thinking of a Christmas dress I wore when I posed for a photo. I also ended up with a lot of their old clothes when I got older. I still use my ‘nice’ sister’s light jacket today. It’s a deep rust with a heather-grey hood and a navy blue border with a gold stripe, like a Letterman jacket. Seeing the ’90s fashions come back in fashion like the flannel shirts brought me nostalgia from when I was three and four years old and in preschool (yes, I started preschool as early as 1993).
What I didn’t grow up with was a Super Nintendo console. We just had the original Nintendo and I played that up until Christmas of 1997 when I received a Nintendo 64 (even though I wanted a Playstation. I didn’t get a Playstation then because my parents didn’t think I could handle discs. I eventually got one when I was nine years old but I’m still a Nintendo fan today). I spent my childhood playing video games from the ’80s and the early ’90s like Bart Simpsons vs The Space Mutants, the Little Mermaid, Super Mario Bros 1 through 3 and quite a lot of other titles.
I also grew up with stuff from the ’80s due to my eldest sister being into the music and the pop culture from that decade. It kind of reminds me of myself. It’s 2011 and we are both still enjoying media from our childhood.
Now, I’m trying to rediscover stuff from my childhood, 1996 and earlier. I’m even studying the 1980s due to a lot of stuff from the 1990s originating from that previous decade.
I just wish I could go back in time, at least by dreaming. If not by dreaming, just by being able to see everything happen but not be there to interact or be interacted with.