The Things You’d Find In A ’90s Home
Marc Gordon - December 30, 2018

Lester

By Shel Silverstein

Lester was given a magic wish
By the goblin who lives in the banyan tree,
And with his wish he wished for two more wishes-
So now instead of just one wish, he cleverly had three.
And with each one of these
He simply wished for three more wishes,
Which gave him three old wishes, plus nine new.
And with each of these twelve
He slyly wished for three more wishes,
Which added up to forty-six -- or is it fifty-two?
Well anyway, he used each wish
To wish for wishes 'til he had
Five billion, seven million, eighteen thousand thirty-four.
And then he spread them on the ground
And clapped his hands and danced around
And skipped and sang, and then sat down
And wished for more.
And more...and more...they multiplied
While other people smiled and cried
And loved and reached and touched and felt.
Lester sat amid his wealth
Stacked mountain-high like stacks of gold,
Sat and counted -- and grew old.
And then one Thursday night they found him
Dead -- with his wishes piled around him.
And they counted the lot and found that not
A single one was missing.
All shiny and new -- here, take a few
And think of Lester as you do.
In a world of apples and kisses and shoes
He wasted his wishes on wishing.
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Remember those elementary school field trips that you took back in the day where you visited homes turned into museums to learn about how our ancestors lived throughout history?  How they had no choice but to do everything by hand, using record players and rotary phones…

 

Well now, kids who didn’t grow up in the ’90s would consider our ways of life to be pretty ancient. So what are some of the things one would find in a ’90s home? For one, every ’90s home had the iconic computer. The ones that no matter what we’re always beige and massive.

 

Every home from this epic decade is also bound to have had a huge TV. Unlike today where less is more, back then, the popular belief was that the bigger the better. Basically, you weren’t cool if your TV wasn’t a big as your garage.

 

Other than technology,  every ’90s home also inevitably had carpets in the bathroom, before people came to the realization that this makes no sense whatsoever.  And if you were to look through the drawers, there would always be floppy disks.