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Saturday Morning Cartoons
"Captain Cave Ma-a-an!" My brother ran around in a circle, screaming at the top of his lungs, his black Batman cape whipping about behind him.
I sat cross-legged on the floor in front of our bulky console television, watching the introduction for "Captain Caveman" and eating "Raisin Bran." It was Saturday morning at home, and that meant cartoons. Lots of cartoons.
My brother and I were allowed very little television growing up. We watched "Masterpiece Theater" on PBS, "The Dukes of Hazzard," the occasional "Wonderful World of Disney" movie, and "Wild Kingdom." All week, the TV was under the control of our parents. But Saturday mornings were ours. We'd watch until there were no more cartoons, or until my mom made us go outside to play.
Today, my two-year-old can watch cartoons all day, every day, and she probably would if I let her. Granted, many of the shows she loves are much more educational than "Captain Caveman," but I think that makes it even easier for parents to give in and say, "Okay, just one more cartoon."
But what bothers me even more than the fact that our children are watching so much TV and not going outside to play is the fact that cartoons are no longer special.
Saturday morning television is no different than Wednesday afternoon television.
This constant availability has made watching cartoons an everyday occurrence, and I believe that some little bit of childhood magic has been lost.