A couple of weeks ago a friend of mine posted a picture of morph on their fb timeline (image of morph on the left) from my childhood kids TV. It always makes me nostalgic when I see various characters from that period of my life, such programmes as Rainbow, Take Hart (where morph originated from) and Willo the Wisp. There were other great children’s programmes, but those I’ve mentioned are the ones that stand out to me. Why do I feel such nostalgia for these programmes? Is it that I want to be a child again, is it just the memories associated with those programmes or is it something else?
Having thought about it I realized why I hankered after such programmes well for me it has more to do with the characters in those programmes. Rainbow the first one I mentioned had very distinct characters, there was George the hippo who was shy and gentle and often tormented by Zippy the blue eyed puppet who was always getting up to mischief and getting into trouble for it and for being naughty Bungle the teddy bear would tell him off and zip him up so he couldn’t speak and cause more trouble. I loved that programme. Then there was morph who was a red plastercine figure who would live in a box who was always on an adventure and was always getting into scrapes, that’s what I can remember anyway, then there was Willo the Wisp who lived in a little valley, with the distinct voice of Kenneth Williams, and a character called Mavis who would tell Willo off.
But it’s a specific type of character I loved the most as a child, for instance watching Rainbow I loved George because he got picked on by Zippy and he got his comeuppance but as an adult I love zippy because he was just plain naughty and cheeky, and like morph who also got up to to mischief and Willo , it’s those characters who stand out to me.
The truth is it’s really because I don’t see enough of that type of personality in real life. I mean where are the cheeky, mischievous, naughty individuals now. Don’t get me wrong I have met a few of those type of people, but they stand out to me because they are rare. I’m missing those type of people in my life who provided fun, entertainment and huge amusement to me. Yes I have friends who I laugh with but hardly any who know how to be mischievous. How to sail close to the edge of boundaries you know it they know it but they do it anyway because they know they can get away with it because of the way they do it and they know how to do it, like the friend I knew who told me a joke she said oh I promise it won’t be rude, told me the joke and she managed to tell the joke with the F word in without spelling it out, oh she knew exactly what she was doing, and what nerve she had, and I was able to laugh, because really she was clever, she knew just how far to go without offending me, but knew she was pushing it, my response would be Oh Gertrude, not her real name . To pull that sort of thing off you really have to be clever, intuitive and a way with words and the ability to be creative, it truly is an art.
The trouble with some of these mischief makers as in the adult variety, is that some have a different side to them a rather unpleasant side, often quick tempered or volatile and some are pretty ruthless, the ones I’ve met anyway. That doesn’t mean I stop interacting with them I’m just aware of that rather nasty side that sneaks out every now and again, but like I’ve said there are few of them about, well certainly is in my world anyway. So what shall I do with the lack of mischief in my life, create my own? Well I suppose I do sometimes, I do have a cheeky streak myself, but it tends to manifest more around like minded, down to earth people. No again their aren’t enough of those folk about. So whilst I wait for more of those folk to enter my life or me to enter theirs. For now I’ll just to have to make do with some old youtube videos of Zippy, Morph and Co. Until the next time 🙂