This weekend, I got to meet up with my middle school best friend, Janice, for the first time in 16 years. We was born in 1986, thus by the time 1996 came along, we'd been thrust into middle school, also known as the three years you really get to explore your awkward side.
When talking to Janice and going through old pictures, I realized just how different it was to grow up in the 90s - a time before Facebook, when the coolest thing you could own wasn't an iPhone, but a Furby.
I decided to make a card picking out some of my favorite (and weird) parts of being a preteen in the 90s. Snake people, brace yourselves. It's going to be a real throwback.
You listened to your big sister's musical hand-me-downs.
Everyone loved the songs on TRL, but no one that wanted to look 'cool' ever admitted to it. Instead, they jacked their older siblings' copies of Nirvana's 'Nevermind' or Smashing Pumpkins' 'Siamese Dream' and tried to cling onto the fading grunge scene.
You mocked the kids grinding to R&B at the dance.
For the in crowd, a dance meant getting to feel up your crush under the guise of 'dancing'. For the rest of us, it meant eye-rolling at everyone and everything. (My school had its own choreography for Will Smith's 'Wild Wild West'. They did at every dance. It was the worst.)
You had a goth phase.
Back before hipsters, there were goths. They worshiped all things Brandon Lee and Fairuza Balk. They shopped exclusively at Hot Topic, listened to Tool, and only really hung out with other goths. Being broody and cynical was super hot in the 90s. Everyone wanted to be one.
Slumber parties were meant for all the scary games.
Ever since you tried 'Bloody Mary', you've never dared to again. Ouija boards always became the party's main event, even when you knew someone was cheating. And if you didn't have a Ouija, 'Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board' was a perfectly freaky substitute.
Your best friend was the first to see your newly dyed hair.
Sometime between 7th and 8th grade, you felt an urge to do something drastic with your hair. It's just what happened on the way to becoming a woman. Whether you used Kool-Aid, Sun-In, or something else from the store, your BFF was there to assure you it looked killer.
You had a Teen Beat BAE.
Before boyfriends and first kisses ever played a factor in your life, you were loyally devoted to Devon Sawa. Or maybe you were a JTT or Taylor Hanson girl or had a thing for, of course, Justin Timberlake. You had a celeb you called dibs on, and if another girl tried, it was war.
I hope you enjoyed reliving the awkward yet hilarious reality of 90s middle school life with me. If you can think of any other ridiculous things we did back then, feel free to comment with some below. I'm sure there's A LOT I didn't cover!