When I was thirteen, I was in love with Ralph Macchio. Sigh .... Ralph. I had a poster of him on my bedroom ceiling so he would be the last thing I saw at night and the first thing I saw in the morning. Yeah, I was sappy (still am, but that's a secret).
Yes, Ralph from the Karate Kid. BUT he also was in a movie called Teachers. It was a good movie. I mean, it had RALPH in it - of course it was a good movie. Most of all though, I remember the hat he wore in the movie. I remembered that I SO SO wanted a hat like that. So much that I asked my mom for one. Bah, asked? More like begged, annoyed, bothered, talked nonstop about it.
Now this was before internet and Google were around, so imagine if you will a very excited, hormonal teenage girl babbling to her mother about a hat that she saw some actor that was only important to that one girl in the house in a movie that only the girl had seen. My mom, wanting very much to make her only daughter happy, asked me what the hat was called. Pfft, I didn't know. I looked at my mom straight in the eye and said "it's a him hat".
If you read this blog post, you'd understand where my sarcasm came from.
My parents did try and find the hat for me, but let's face it I didn't make it easy for them. Who the heck would know what is meant by a "him hat". Needless to say, I didn't get a 'him hat' for Christmas and I quickly forgot about it.
Skip forward 27 years:
My mom called me on the phone this past week, giggling madly. All she would tell me was that I didn't need to worry about what I was going to wear for Hallowe'en, that she would give me my 'gift' on Thursday. Now I was worried because my mom has a wonderful sense of humour but is also a bit prankish. I spent four days wracking my brain trying to come up with what the heck she got for me. What the heck was it?!?!?
Then Thursday came. And we were at our knitting club. And I was patiently waiting to see what 'gift' she would give me. Ok, not so patiently - but still waiting.
Finally, she brought out a bag and a poem:
Many many years ago
A young lady was watching a show
She pined for the actor and an item he wore
And asked for the item till our ears were sore
The year was 1984
The parents went to every store
But alas nowhere could it be found
So we kept hearing the Boo Hoo sound
Even though the years went by
We would still look low and high
She did not ask for it anymore
But we still looked when in a store
While shopping at the Dollarama
We almost yelled "Eureka"
Lo and behold will you look at that
We finally found a HIM HAT
YAY!!!!! I now have a HIM HAT!!!!
Now I want to watch Teachers again.