Sweet Dreams: Do You Have Them?
Though I ‘left the nest’ some 18 years ago, my mom is still fobbing off old possessions on me. My childhood bedroom was turned into an office about 10 years ago; miraculously, artifacts from my youth are still surfacing. Every once in a while, my mother pops up with a shopping bag or box of treasures from childhood that I managed to leave behind.
In the most recent box, I found a treasure trove of books from my tween and early teen years. I squealed with joy and recognition at cover after cover of Sweet Dreams series books. A touch more esoteric than the ubiquitous (but equally entertaining) Sweet Valley High series, this series was comprised of mainly stand-alone novels without recurring characters. Please embrace the haute couture of the 1980s:
These books weren’t literary masterpieces by a long stretch, but they were quick reads and pretty educational as I began to navigate the dicey waters of dating! I don’t remember anything truly R-rated, usually just a few chaste smooches here and there, but enough to pique my interest in playing Spin the Bottle at the next boy-girl party.
After this series, I graduated to some more sophisticated reads, including the entire VC Andrews oeuvre and some of the more scandalous Judy Blume books–Forever, I’m looking directly at you! But the Sweet Dreams series really takes me back to the age of Trapper Keepers, parachute pants, and Jell-O pudding pops.