Every decade has its personality, right? Although it’s tricky because it isn’t as if everything changes on January 1st of that zero year. When exactly did the ’80s become THE ’80s? What historical events mark the period? The election of Reagan perhaps? The beginning of MTV?
I graduated in 1986, the year Ferris Bueller skipped school with his best friend Cameron and his girlfriend Sloane. (I never believed those two would stay together. Funny how in real life he married the girl from Square Pegs. Anyway.)
The first half of the ’80s I wasn’t especially happy. In fact, I don’t understand people who were happy in high school. How can that be? When someone tells me they loved high school, I always wonder, “Can I be friends with this person?” Well, I actually do have friends who were happy in high school. I even married someone who didn’t hate high school. But I don’t claim to understand (or believe) them.
As some of you know, my novel, The Blue Jar, is set in 1985, and to get ready for its publication (Thank you, Plum Tree Books) I’m thinking a lot about the ’80s.
What do the ’80s mean to you?