The Dream of the 90s is Alive in My Parents' Basement

Now that I have a house of my own, my parents are trying to get rid of all my stuff they've saved over the years. School papers, photos, toys, books—even after multiple moves, they've kept even more than I'd thought. There are quite the time capsules saved in their basement.

There are several photo albums, mostly blurry shots of unknown subjects taken by me, but some pictures of me and the family through the years.

 Here I am with my great-grandfather in Greer s Ferry, Arkansas. 

Here I am with my great-grandfather in Greers Ferry, Arkansas. 

 I always liked the first day of school. I'd guess this was second grade.

I always liked the first day of school. I'd guess this was second grade.

They also saved a bunch of my toys, thinking that some day my children will want to play with 25-year-old action figures.

 A case of Star Trek action figures. I was pretty cool. 

A case of Star Trek action figures. I was pretty cool. 

 I did not predict a live-action Ninja Turtles movie in 2014. 

I did not predict a live-action Ninja Turtles movie in 2014. 

 And of course Transformers, something else old that's new again. 

And of course Transformers, something else old that's new again. 

They also seem to have saved every school paper from third grade, and quite a few from other years all through high school. Here's a book we all got at our eight-grade graduation.

 One of my eighth-grade classmates correctly predicted what I'd be doing in 2007.

One of my eighth-grade classmates correctly predicted what I'd be doing in 2007.

And this should earn me major credibility from my Latin students.

 Again it goes without saying, I was pretty cool and popular. 

Again it goes without saying, I was pretty cool and popular. 

And not only did they save my letterman's jacket, but it still fits. I can finally prove to my students that I was a varsity athlete.

 I'm sitting here, wearing that coat and humming, "Glory Days."

I'm sitting here, wearing that coat and humming, "Glory Days."

I don't really hope to fill my new basement with this detritus from my life, but I did take pictures of some of it so I could still have the memories. (And my wife does want to save some of the toys for our future children.)