The Bowl of Lucky Charms Had To Wait on Saturday Morning

6 Oct

I never met a kid who wasn’t a morning person on a Saturday at the crack of dawn.

Especially in the 80s.

We sprang out of bed with our crazy hair, and plopped ourselves in front of the television. The bowl of Lucky Charms had to wait. Our time was precious. It was limited. We only had a few hours to catch our favorite characters and their adventures, and laugh.

It was a special time when all else was quiet and everybody was snoring in bed. It was a time we had to ourselves and it was awesome.

And the thing is we didn’t have much. We didn’t need much. We only had seven. Seven channels and no remote control. And that was it. No TiVo no DVR no Internet.

And that’s all we needed.

To some people that might seem out of the ordinary, surreal even, but for me it was everyday life, and I loved waking up, hanging out in my pajamas, and losing myself in the funnies of cartoon life.

I was reminded of this Guat childhood memory this past weekend  when I heard that the Saturday morning cartoon ritual on prime time television ended. But I guess that would make sense with Nick Jr., Disney Jr., The Cartoon Network, and The Sprout Channel providing a cartoon extravaganza all day. It makes sense, I guess. Business sense.

But to me, there was nothing like waking up at the crack of dawn to watch your favorites because that was the only chance you were gonna get. The only opportunity and you made the most of it. So in memory of my Guat childhood here is my top ten Saturday morning cartoon lineup.

 

Mighty Mouse

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Superfriends

super-friends

 

 

Super Chicken

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Wacky Races

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Fat Albert

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School House Rock

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Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes

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Scooby Doo

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Woody Woodpecker

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Felix The Cat

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15 Responses to “The Bowl of Lucky Charms Had To Wait on Saturday Morning”

  1. peacelovegreatcountrymusic October 6, 2014 at 10:59 PM #

    I was the oddball that would rather sleep in than watch cartoons. But, I loved Mr. Rogers and Zoom and Sesame Street. While I’ve been convalescing I have taken to watching Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood while I take my breathing meds.

    • The Guat October 7, 2014 at 9:35 PM #

      Duuuuuuuuuuude what a trip. I was totally addicted to Saturday mornings. But I did love Mr. Rogers, Sesame Street and The Electric Company. Those were actually very cool.

  2. Kathryn McCullough October 7, 2014 at 2:38 AM #

    Okay, this may sound utterly unbelievable, but my mother would not allow us to watch cartoons when we were kids. I know, she was a strange cookie.

    So we have moved, lived without internet for a few months, and now I’m back to blogging, believe it or not. I know, it’s been a longggggggggggg break!

    Hugs from Ecuador,
    Kathy

    • The Guat October 7, 2014 at 9:38 PM #

      Oooooooh glad to have you back. Thought you had gone on a massive vacation 🙂 But how crazy to hear that you couldn’t watch Saturday morning cartoons, that was the “thing” I looked forward to the most on weekends. It was a good childhood memory and it always makes me smile when I remember myself sitting there on the floor, criss-cross…apple sauce. 🙂

  3. cravesadventure October 7, 2014 at 8:59 AM #

    BroCraves and I had it down after a few years of working together on Saturday mornings – I would get the TV on and to the channel to watch while he grabbed the cereal box, two bowls and two spoons and the gallon of milk and bring it right into the living room. My dad would try to sneak up on us and catch us in the act – he was just playing his part – ha! He loved cartoons as much as we did – special times and great memories. Happy Day 🙂

    • The Guat October 7, 2014 at 9:34 PM #

      Oh duuuuuuude I love it! I hope my son remembers hanging out on the big bed and watching cartoons with his sister … and me too! I love hanging out, just vegging out and watching their reactions to all the adventures that their characters go on. Love to hear that you had good memories growing up too.

  4. teachezwell October 7, 2014 at 11:05 AM #

    Aah, the good ole days. So do you mean that there are no Saturday cartoons any more? What’s a kid to do?

    • The Guat October 7, 2014 at 9:31 PM #

      There’s still gonna be morning cartoons just not on the three major networks, gotta find them on cable or the Internet. Crazy how there are so many channels now.

  5. lameadventures October 7, 2014 at 9:02 PM #

    Guat, you have excellent taste in Saturday morning cartoons. But what’s this, the networks are no longer broadcasting cartoons on Saturday mornings? I don’t have cable anymore so I can only access ABC with my over the air antenna. If what you report is true, that’s another sign of the end of western civilization. Or, can we blame global warming for this?

    • The Guat October 7, 2014 at 9:30 PM #

      Yeah it was in the news that the major three networks were no longer going to schedule Saturday morning cartoons, and I take it that it’s because of Disney Jr., Nick Jr., and all those other kid networks, plus I imagine the demand for college football coverage may be pretty high right now. But I guess the plan was in the works for a while. And yeah that global warming is crazy.

      • lameadventures October 7, 2014 at 9:36 PM #

        I’m glad I heard this tragic news from a friend.

  6. TBM October 9, 2014 at 3:29 AM #

    Dude Scooby Doo was my fave. Oh I loved that show. And I have a confession. I was that kid in the 80s who wasn’t a morning person. Shoot my brother had to drag me out of bed every Christmas. My logic was I didn’t need to rush since Santa would be too tired to come back and take the gifts after his long night. I wasn’t a morning person. I’m still not.

    • The Guat October 17, 2014 at 9:39 PM #

      Dude Scooby Doo almost made me want to be a detective growing up. Scooby and the gang were always solving cases. And even though I was never a morning person I always woke up at the crack of dawn to watch … Otherwise I’d miss out on all the awesomeness. I always looked forward to that on Saturdays … That memory always makes me smile.

  7. quirkyisthename October 17, 2014 at 4:47 PM #

    This was a sad day indeed! Thank you for the trip down memory lane! My house was like yours, we didn’t have much, but we had a T.V. and I made sure to plan out my T.V. programming schedule the night before. I begged my parents to wake me up at 6:59 in order to catch everything from start to finish. I agree with Ms. TBM, Scooby Doo was the BEST!!! Along side Looney Tunes! 🙂

    Thanks for the trip! 🙂

    • The Guat October 17, 2014 at 9:42 PM #

      Wasn’t he the best ha! Him and Shaggy cracked me up. So glad I was able to take you down memory lane. So glad I wasn’t the only one waking up early just to make sure she caught the best cartoons of the week. I loved all my shows each one brought me something different.

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