Oh, The Wonder Years

What would you do, if I sang outta tune… would you stand up and walk out on me?

This song is forever embedded in my long-term memory. Now Country Man’s. Is it not enough that he jolts me awake each Sunday morning blasting old country songs as he flips pancakes in his skivvies? I suppose not, since I am currently being serenaded with off-key, off-lyrical renditions of this old tune.
The Wonder Years

If you’re not sure what I am referring to, Netflix so kindly chose The Wonder Years as its newest instant streaming series. And we are oh-so-thankful. Because nothing says nostalgia like October and the The Wonder Years around here.

Nostalgia, indeed. It’s a mysterious yearning that is hard to describe, because it is as unique to each person as the person themself.

October autumn reminds me, like many, of Halloween. Of Goosebumps books and scary movies.

Of the cold chill while trick-or-treating up and down streets, secretly hoping to see that one crush as you wipe your frozen wet nose across the sleeve of your costume.

But nostalgia is a funny thing. It’s a mosaic representation of the past merging with present, a delight in the feeling of the momentary blast to the past, but a yearning for right now to never change. To never end.

Right now, you are the character in your very own masterpiece.

I look at my husband, playing the role of the strong and handsome one while singing old country songs, smiling wide and raising his eyebrows as he does his Jimmy Stewart impersonations that he knows will make me laugh, no matter what… Now ya see here, girl, ya see, life is a funny thing, and things have gotta change, ya see?

I look in the mirror and see a female character. She is very blessed, very happy with the crazy reflection. Very happy.

What I am feeling is, someday I will look back on these days as some of the most challenging but also the best there ever was.

These are our Wonder Years.

South Dakota couple

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81 thoughts on “Oh, The Wonder Years

  1. I LOVED The Wonder Years growing up. Thanks for reminding me of them. For many of us going through challenging times and happy times all mixed in a bowl, these are the wonder years indeed. Fantastic post. Kx

  2. What a great photo of you two! I love the post as well…I get the comment, “Your name is Winnie? As in Winnie Cooper from the Wonder Years? Radical!” on a daily basis. :) So many people grew up with and loved that incredible show.

  3. Well, I’m showing my age. When I read those lyrics, I just thought of the Beatles song – not the Wonder Years (although I do remember that show!).

    Great picture of you two – and wonderful post!
    Nostalgia is a difficult feeling to describe, isn’t it?

  4. I heard a great quote the other day, “What a wonderful thing it is that the best years of our life haven’t even happened yet.” May that be true for both of you! Love the picture :)

  5. Your central definition of nostalgia is dead-on. A delightful post! And a terrific portrait of you two as well.

    I *am* hearing that song in my head now too. However, it’s competing with an image of Groucho Marx saying out of the side of his mouth, “how the pancakes got in his skivvies I’ll never know . . . ” (see paragraph 1 above ;) ). Afraid that dates me and *my* nostalgia!!

    Thanks for a great read.

  6. These are the Wonder Years indeed, Enjoy them so that in later life you can look back on them and live them again in your memory. Nostalgia is alive and well and living in Wellington, NZ.
    BTW love the photo of you two, Keep making memories!

  7. A great looking couple. But if you don’t mind, I’d like to get that image of your husband in his skivvies out of my head. Great writing! Again!

  8. How funny … I saw your tweet about having ‘butthead’ in your mind, and I had a nice trip down memory lane. I loved The Wonder Years. And now that I read this post … well, a’ha!
    May you continue to see the wonder in your live within South Dakota and beyond.
    Nicely written. Great picture!!

  9. You and Country Man make a lovely couple. What a great photo!
    I was a big fan of The Wonder Years too. Every year is a wonder year if you are inspired by life and look at it with amazement. :)

  10. We don’t have Netflix anymore – so glad I got a good fill of Winnie & Kevin back in the day!

    Can I tell you how much I love your blog? You put into words thoughts I’ve often had but am far too ineloquent to express. You & CM are truly a love match. Just like me & the hubs!

    Speaking of which, now that my mister has turned 40, he’s given us a new nickname.

    “The Old Man & The C.” Get it? Cute, right?

  11. Fun reading your blog! I admit I came over from Susan Beth’s just because I liked the name, LOL. It is nice to be married to your bestie. I’ve been married to mine for 19 years and I still love him like in the beginning…..only better. You two are very cute!

  12. Funny, I just recently found myself watching an episode of The Wonder Years on an old TVtime channel. I forgot how good it was. I watched it growing up. But I think being older now, one can appreciate the show and its lessons even more. The episode I watched – which particularly resonated with me – was about the parents. There was a line in it that said, “Before they were mom and dad, they were Norma and Jack…” This really hit me as I’ve become a parent myself and realized how much you as a couple change over the years. Thanks for the reminder of such a great show.

  13. Look at all your amazing comments! I love that you shared that beautiful photo of you and your husband with us … and believe me, you WILL look back on these Wonder Years and wish you could replay them — in all their Jimmy Stewart glory!

    • lol, his Jimmy Stewart impression is completely irresistible to me (he has no idea). I cannot help but to laugh. I hope that when we’re old, if we are so fortunate, that he will be doing his goofy impersonations even then ;)
      My heart aches for the moment even now! I cannot think of looking back.
      Thank you so much for stopping in Betty!!

  14. The Netflix line-up at our house now has “Wonder Years” added, thanks to your tip! It is indeed wonderful to to appreciate each moment in which we live, and through which we love. Cheers to you and your Country Man.

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  16. Oh, wow, a man doing Jimmy Stewart impressions (as opposed to Andrew Dice Clay impressions). Hold onto him! I don’t know why but my husband always says, “Well, your money’s not here. Your money’s in Bill’s house.” (It’s a Wonderful Life)

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for this post. My husband and I are looking to start a new (or old) TV series and I’m thrilled to know Wonder Years is among Netflix’s new instant-streaming series. Nostalgia City here I come.

  17. For those of us who grew up in the sixties, the Wonder Years series took us back to a time when our lives seem so structured and measured, in a space and time that was not. Confronted with anti-establishment sentiment, with the Vietnam War, and the civil rights movement, the every-day regularity of life in our personal “Wonder Years” makes the TV series seem so sweet.

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