The Incredible 80s
We’re talking about our favourite decades.
I was a child in the 80s, so I didn’t really have any idea how amazing they were. I recently watched the National Geographic documentary The 80s, narrated by Rob Lowe, and it was a somewhat eye opening experience. Some of the things I vaguely remember, some of them were complete news to me.
One of the most memorable occurrences for me and my family was when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. I am half German and lived in Germany at that time. My grandmother had been cut off from her family because of the Wall. I only met her bother when I was a tween because he had reached an age where he was allowed to leave East Germany. Years before that, one of his nieces had done the impossible-she had escaped East Germany by hiding in a false bottom in a car. As I said, I was pretty young. As a child you don’t understand what she had gone through to do what she did. I remember my mum and my aunt speaking about it in awed voices, but I wasn’t sure what was so important about it.
Now, looking back with adult eyes, I am amazed at her bravery.
So when the Wall came down it had a special meaning for my family;).
But the 80s also had Jane Fonda, New Coke (something I missed completely), computers, Ghostbusters and The Goonies, and shoulder pads. All in all it was pretty cool;).
Do you have a favourite memory of the 80s?
Posted on July 19, 2014, in Tina Christopher and tagged 80s, amazing, berlin wall, border, dangerous, east germany, family, favourite decade, frightning, germany, smuggle, wall. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.