Friday, October 1, 2010

Childhood Memories: Saturdays

Photo: Musings of a  Housewife
As the weekend approaches, every now and then when I have a moment to think, I remember one of my favorite childhood memories. Saturdays!

Growing up, my favorite day of the week was definitely Saturdays. I loved Saturdays. For one thing, it meant that I didn't have to wake up early to go to school. Not that I disliked school, but I was never really a morning person. Back then, the option of waking up to a freshly brewed cup of Joe was not part of the breakfast of champions.

Another reason to love Saturdays was my mom's pancake breakfast. It was probably one of the few days out of the week where I didn't have to pour myself a bowl of cereal.

I would eagerly get out of bed and burst into my parent's bedroom to wake my mom. Having my own children now, I have to apologize to my mother for doing this. Now I realize the weekends were the only days she could sleep in. Hey, she needed to get up and make me some pancakes. It's Saturday!

As mom would get herself situated in the kitchen, I'd turn on the TV and plop myself on the couch. How I loved staying in my PJs and having a warm blanket on me during those winter months.

Let's not forget Saturday morning cartoons. To the surprise of many children, we didn't have channels devoted to cartoons. There were no cartoons 24/7 whenever we had the need to watch a cartoon, they did not appear. We had to wait for specific times and days to watch certain shows. There was also something called a TV Guide, do they still make this? A whole weekly magazine devoted to helping us track our favorite shows. Of course, I had my morning line up memorized.

During commercials, I'd run into the kitchen to see if a fresh batch of pancakes were ready to be devoured. In a blink of an eye, I'd have a plate of warm pancakes that were topped with butter and syrup. I'd plop myself right back on that couch engulfed in my Saturday morning cartoons and pancakes.

Alvin and the Chipmunks
Muppet Babies
Disney's Gummy Bears
Care Bears
Fat Albert

Do any of these ring a bell? 
What were some of your favorite Saturday morning cartoons and memories?


  1. Love! this post. My Saturdays were often spent with my mom doing a deep cleaning of the house, and my brother and I would stay nestled in our family room while the kitchen floor dried. My favorites were Smurfs, Gummy Bears, Muppet Babies, and Shirt Tales. Saturday morning cartoons were the best!

  2. I LOVE this post!! Being nostalgic is always so special and fun :)
    Smurfs & Alvins...all the way!
    I very rarely got out of my pjs, too :D

  3. Smurfs. I can't wait to introduce Tater to them. I think they still come on occasionally. I love posts about childhood memories!

  4. Smurfs, Alvin & the Care Bears.

    Isn't is amazing how much different our viewpoints on appropriate wake-up times are now that we are adults?

    We serve the girls breakfast for dinner a lot.

  5. FUN POST! Waaaaay back in the day when we didn't have 24/7 kids shows. And btw- shameless plug- but I wrote about kids programming today. Maybe it wasn't a bad thing that it only last 4 hours once per week!

  6. I was a huge fan of Duck Tales and Tail Spin, but those were after-school cartoons, not Saturday morning. I don't really remember those ones for some reason...

  7. Love this post and my memory travels back to my childhood days when I read this.

    Smurfs, Alvin & the Chipmunks were my top favourite.

    And I too love Sats because I can sleep in :)

    Thank God for Saturdays!

  8. I loved Saturdays too! How cute, pancake breakfast. My parents would let me eat sugared cerea and watch obscene amounts of TV, those were the days.

  9. Oh I love this!
    Too bad my childhood Saturdays weren't very memorable because here in Indonesia we used to go to school 6 days a week. Yep! Sucks huh LOL

  10. Ah, the Smurfs and CareBears!! You're bringing back sweet memories :)