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#TwentySomething: Full House and '90s nostalgia

By Stephanie Turaj | Nov 08, 2013

There’s something to be said about nostalgia, particularly for childhood.

Being a twenty-something, I’m also a ’90s kid — pretty much anything from that era evokes that bittersweet feeling of happy memories and a longing for the past.

There’s hundreds of lists out there on Buzzfeed of ’90s things we 20-somethings were crazy about “back in the day,” but to name a few: Backstreet Boys, Lunchables, Bop-It, Beanie Babies, Dawson’s Creek and tattoo chokers.

And then there’s the TV show Full House, which rumor had it, was returning to the air for a reunion show. When I heard the news, I wasn’t sure how to feel. Curious, maybe, about what they would do with it. It was supposed to focus on the now grown-up Stephanie and DJ Tanner.

Although my interest was piqued, I also think that some things from the past should remain in the past. I’m weirded out that the actress who played Stephanie Tanner (Jodie Sweetin) is now 31, and she’s not looking quite as innocent as she did in her Full House days. (Let’s not even get into the Olsen twins.) At least, admittedly, actor John Stamos (Uncle Jessie) has remained attractive.

Other things that make me feel “old”: Tomagatchi is now a smartphone app, I’ve talked to a few 7-year-olds who don’t have a clue who Lisa Frank is, Vanilla Coke doesn’t exist anymore, and oh, and the Rugrats would be about same age as me.

I used to watch Full House over and over again when I was little, in that way kids can be entertained by the same thing repeatedly. (Too bad I don’t have the same attention span now.) My favorite character was Stephanie — and it wasn’t just because of her name, but also for her sassy attitude. “How rude” was my favorite catch phrase. One of my favorite episodes was the spelling bee, when Stephanie is so confident she’s going to win because she’s using mnemonic devices — but she ends up losing at the bee because she trips up on the word “mnemonic.”

But, it turns out there will be no new spelling bees: the Full House reunion was simply a rumor that got blown out of proportion. Time to get back to watching the re-runs.

Maybe, instead of Full House, the ’90s nostalgia can return by bringing back French Toast Crunch to grocery stores. After all, they brought back the Furby, and it’s even more terrifying-looking now than then.

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