I have been participating in Suzanne Gunter McClendon‘s Back Where I Come From Challenge and my brain seems stuck in the past…..It has brought back memories (some good, some horrible) that I haven’t thought about in years. So when I saw the daily prompt of “Mighty” my brain was immediately sucked back to 1959 and Mighty Mouse.
When I was a child my parents did not allow us to watch Saturday morning cartoons. We had chores to do and helping out around the house was expected. Television was not for entertainment, it was for education. it wasn’t until after the birth of my baby sister and Mother went back to work that any of us watched cartoons at home.
When we spent the night at a friend’s house we watched as much TV as we could get away with though…and it was after a sleep-over that I saw Mighty Mouse for the first time.
Every cartoon had a theme song, and the one for Mighty Mouse was easily memorized.
I remember coming home from Cynthia Nuckle’s house one Saturday morning singing “here we come to save the day” and having Mother grab me by the arm and shake me. She wanted to know “what nonsense” had been going on “over there”. Of course, I froze up and couldn’t speak as she scared me so badly.
Not answering Mother was, to her, the epitome of rudeness and I was sent to the backyard to weed the flower garden. (Mother’s idea of a horrible punishment) and I wasn’t allowed to come back inside until the entire bed was finished. Our flower garden surrounded the chain link fence in back and it took hours to finish.
I finally got done sometime after everyone had finished dinner. and was allowed to come in and clean up. I finally ate a cold dinner and was sent off to bed.
I can’t hear the sound of the Mighty Mouse theme without thinking of being sad, hungry and exhausted.