So a couple of nights ago, as I was just lying there trying to relax and drift off to sleep, I started thinking about Sea Monkeys. Do you remember Sea Monkeys? I mean, you can still get Sea Monkeys and their habitat (little kits that come with Brine Shrimp eggs that you hatch in water and a little plastic aquarium thing), but you really don’t hear about them much anymore. BUT when I was kid, I had some!
I used to read comic books when I was a youth…actually, I still do…but the ones I read then were like Hot Stuff the Little Red Devil (my favorite!), Casper, etc. Somewhere in every comic book I ever read one would find an ad for Sea Monkeys and the ads always intrigued me! I mean, Sea Monkeys were supposed to be like this little family of like alien aquatic life and they looked sooooooooooooo cute! (Here’s an old ad I found! See what I mean?)
Anyway, I became determined that I simply MUST have some Sea Monkeys! I scrounged up a couple of bucks and ordered them. (This was back when you could send cash in the mail.) As I began impatiently waiting for my Sea Monkey family to arrive in our mailbox my anticipation was much like Ralphie’s in the movie A Christmas Story. Every day I’d check the mailbox hoping for my Sea Monkeys kit to arrive. And then one day, when I thought I couldn’t wait any longer, VOILA!!!!
Naturally, I was totally excited and went to work preparing the Sea Monkey habitat and sprinkling my Sea Monkey eggs into the waiting water. I can’t remember how long it took them to hatch, but when they did, they looked NOTHING like the comic book ad. I mean NOTHING like it.
BUT I’m usually one to find the silver lining in any situation, and as I watched my little brine shrimp swimming around in their cute little habitat (complete with little inlaid magnifying windows so that when the Sea Monkeys swam passed one you could really see them well) I delighted in the miracle of the whole thing. To me it was amazing that you could order something in the mail, sift in some sandy looking stuff and have little creatures appear! Oh sure…they looked nothing like a little alien aquatic family, but I loved them anyway.
I used to set the little Sea Monkey habitat on my window sill so that the sun could shine through it, and watch my Sea Monkeys swimming around. I’m guessing they lived about two weeks before they just disappeared somehow (I’m guess died)…but I enjoyed them to the fullest…even if they weren’t aliens. After all, that’s what we should do in life, right? If something isn’t perfect, just enjoy it as much as we can anyway!
So…did YOU ever have a Sea Monkey experience? Whether or not you did, leaving your Sea Monkey comment will automatically enter you in my Random Contest this week!
Last week’s winner…the winner of the Calamity Jane DVD and some “Irresistibles” is Karen Foster!!!! Snail Mail your mailing address to me Karen, and I’ll get your winnings in the mail!
As for today’s Random Contest…hmmm…how about this…Don’t you think that if anyone was ever going to make a movie about a MANLY merman…that Hugh Jackman would make a good merman? Seriously! Let’s run with that weird idea! Up for grabs this week on my blog, is a DVD/movie starring Hugh Jackman (who WOULD make a good merman)! And he would be an even better merman if they would let him speak with his natural Australian accent, right? So this week…Australia is the contest prize! Leave a comment about Hugh or Sea Monkeys and your entered to win! I LOVED this movie and the little boy in it will entirely win your heart! Not to mention that it proves Hugh would make a good merman!