My co-worker Carlos has three daughters, ages 9-17, which is fabulous because I love tween shit. I love it! So I was asking him what kind of pop culture stuff his 4th Grader is into and Carlos revealed, "It's all about Silly Bandz."
Have you heard of these? Silly Bandz are shaped plastic bracelets that one can wear by the dozens. Hundreds, even. Silly Bandz are such a big deal at Carlos' kid's elementary school that they have been banned. Kids were wearing Silly Bandz up to their elbows and then, of course, some kids had not a one. Not on Silly Band! As a result, Silly Bandz are verboten and I can barely sit still, I'm so desperate to run out at get the Justin Bieber collection and the Save the Gulf collection.
Back in my day, the Silly Bandz equivalents were friendship bracelets, made from crochet yarn and having as many keychains attached to one's Eddie Bauer backpack as possible. We wore plaid uniforms at my elementary school, and abused any permitted self-expression until it too was outlawed. I can only imagine the frenzy Silly Bandz would have caused at St. Patrick's.
I need to know, what was your Silly Bandz? And what else am I missing out on? I mean, I need to get on the Silly Bandz bandwagon while it's still hot. I wanna be first in line for whatever comes next...