A Sugar-Coated Memory

My husband and I recently went to an aqua fitness class at our local YMCA. I love these classes. You get all the exercise with none of the joint pain. And you get to listen to upbeat music while you’re at it.

One of the songs they played was Sugar, Sugar by The Archies. (Here’s the original 1969 music video, if you’re in the mood for an earworm as you dance down memory lane. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.)

Hearing it in the pool, dear husband turned to me and said, “Remember getting this record on a cereal box?”

Omigod, I do remember that! I remember being so excited as I carefully cut it off the cereal box with a pair of blunt scissors. I remember playing it on my record player, and being amazed that it worked. Technology, man. You can’t beat it.

I just looked. You can still buy one of these records on ebay for 20 bucks. (Makes me wish I had saved mine, and had also bought out the grocery store. What a windfall that would be now. Hindsight.) But I have nothing to play it on, so there’s no point in investing in this little bit of nostalgia at this point.

The product description mentions that these records showed up on boxes of Super Sugar Crisp in 1969. A perfect song for that cereal, I’d say. It was all about the sugar back then.

That sends me off on another tangent. I ate Super Sugar Crisp by the boatload. I’d eat it straight from the box while watching cartoons. That was back when it didn’t occur to parents to even be concerned about ingredients. The manufacturers didn’t wise up until about 1985, when the name of this cereal was changed to Super Golden Crisp here in America, and then later just Golden Crisp. Not that the recipe has changed at all. It’s still on the market. And it’s one of the many reasons why so many of us are in need of aqua fitness classes in the first place.

Still, I feel sorry for today’s youth. They wouldn’t know what to do with a cereal box record. They probably don’t know what a guilt-free cereal binge is like, let alone one with an awesome soundtrack.

Pour a little sugar on it, honey!

The Archies

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