194 Days ’til 40: Disappointing Childhood Desires

11 Aug


Okay, I want to know – how many of you out there really wanted sea monkeys when you were little?  I read Archie comic books and I LOVED the advertisements in them.  I wanted my own sea monkey family – you know the one, right?  Where mom wears lipstick and there is a dad and two sea monkey kids and we can watch them grow up and do all the sorts of sea monkey things they do, like sit at a breakfast table (the photo shows them doing that!)

All of my childhood I wanted sea monkeys…. so did my partner.  They were this silly little fantasy that never came to be.  Recently I bought my partner sea monkeys, as a fun little gift because she always wanted them as a child – our girls were very excited…..  we set up the “tank” (we bought the cheap version shipped from Hong Kong, so the tank was a little glass bowl, a tad pathetic)….. we put in the salt water and we added the eggs…. and a day later we had these little dots floating around…. like some sort of weird ant infestation, ,but in water…..

Sea monkeys…. so this was what I was missing out on?  I dreamed about sea monkeys, I could not wait to watch them grow up – but they did not really form those families I had imagined……  the hard, sad, truth emerged….. they were nothing but little brine shrimp, too small to eat and very boring.

Today, 194 days ’til 40, I realize that some childhood dreams are not so exciting when they become reality in adulthood.  I also realize that some childhood dreams that did not become reality were not critical losses…. and perhaps the loss of these dreams even amounted to a gain.



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23 responses to “194 Days ’til 40: Disappointing Childhood Desires

  1. walkwiththerabbi

    August 11, 2012 at 02:26

    Not sea monkeys but I fantasized about being Al Jolson. Not terribly realistic. Today? I think about befriending a wolf and going for long walks together where we simply enjoy each other;s company. Much more realistic!

    • 400daystil40

      August 11, 2012 at 23:09

      This made me laugh (The Al Jolson part) – it would be amazing to walk alongside a wolf! 🙂

  2. The White Pumpkin

    August 11, 2012 at 04:21

    usually they are a gain at that point 😀

  3. buckwheatsrisk

    August 11, 2012 at 04:40

    i was trying to remember for the life of me what they were, it wasn’t until half way through your post that the light bulb in my brain finally went on…lol for a moment i thought i might be too young but then i realized i am slightly older than you…*sigh* lol

  4. Another Thousand Words

    August 11, 2012 at 19:56

    Giggling here in Chicago, 400…because my older brothers ordered the sea monkeys, thinking they could terrify me with them. They didn’t, because they looked like shrimp to me (I was about 6 yrs old)…my brothers became angry when I just laughed and went to play with my doll. Thanks for dredging up this wonderful memory!

    • 400daystil40

      August 11, 2012 at 23:07

      Hehehe – my youngest ended up killing our sea monkeys – she thought the eggs would hatch (the remaining ones) if she shook the water (we were asleep) instead, she killed the living ones… oh well…..

  5. viveka

    August 11, 2012 at 20:10

    Don’t have a clue what this is all about … we; children of Sweden, must have lost out on something big or maybe have we been saved from something.

  6. Long Life Cats and Dogs

    August 12, 2012 at 00:29

    How disappointing. Glad I was deprived of them in my childhood as well.

  7. mummymishy

    August 12, 2012 at 08:13

    I also fantasised about sea monkey families cavorting happily just like at the back of the Archie comics. Never got them (Lived in South Africa during the hideous Aparetheid era, so we couldn’t get anything) and still believed in their wonder until you so harshly shattered my dreams today. HA! Big ole’ meanie.
    My latest post:

    • 400daystil40

      August 12, 2012 at 12:34

      Yes, the dreams are now shattered – so very sorry!!!!! 😦 On a bright note, you now know you really were not being deprived!

  8. rkeefe57

    August 12, 2012 at 20:19

    Don’t forget the “Amazing X-Ray Specs” and the “throw your voice” device… sigh. Not exactly the high point in “truth in advertising.”

    I think the strangest toy I ever had was Mattel’s “Thing Maker,” a 400 degree hot plate that cooked toxic plastic syrup into bugs and worms and monster shapes.

    Kids were tougher back then!

    • 400daystil40

      August 12, 2012 at 21:48

      Thank you so much for taking me down memory lane! I had completely forgotten about the “thing maker” – those “things” were so gross – I LOVED to play with them!!! 🙂

  9. Lela Bonchjela

    August 13, 2012 at 04:38

    OMG I FORCED MY GRANNY TO BUY ME THIS WHEN I WAS YOUNG! I was so disappointed when I see ‘nothing’!!!

  10. fostrickson

    August 13, 2012 at 20:53

    I wanted (and still want) sea monkeys. I used to think that they would build little cities, and that it would be like Horton Hears a Who, except without the elephant. I have since altered my beliefs about sea monkeys, and I think I will avoid purchasing them in order to keep my delusional childhood fantasies alive! 🙂

    • 400daystil40

      August 13, 2012 at 23:00

      Yes, do not order them and ruin your fantasy!

  11. Eileen Slovak

    August 14, 2012 at 00:53

    Yes, I desperately wanted them and my childhood neighbor had them. I was soooo jealous at the time. Now the thing is the butterfly garden. My daughter has it and we need to order the inhabitants. I hope it works out better than sea monkeys!

    • 400daystil40

      August 14, 2012 at 23:23

      I need to look up the butterfly gardens, somehow we missed them here….


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