Punky Brewster Memories
by Amanda Williams
(Hesperia, CA, USA)
Justin Hughes had me convinced that our classmate, Laura Gates, was Punky Brewster. I remember balancing on one foot and putting the other foot on his desk in order to show off my new Punky Brewster shoes.
"Really, she's Punky?" I looked at the heart shaped picture of a smiling pig-tailed girl on my sneaker. It did look a lot like Laura.
"Yah," said Justin, "she goes to the television studio every day after school." I stared at Laura. Yup, she really looked like Punky Brewster. I barely even knew Laura, but I was already about to worship the ground she walked on. Punky Brewster was the coolest kid on the planet!
It turned out Laura wasn't Punky Brewster. I wasn't really disappointed though. No kid in Mrs. Hines first grade class could ever be as cool as Punky Brewster. For one thing, Punky was an orphan. Orphans were cool by definition. Therefore, all cartoons, movies, and TV shows staring orphans were cool. There was Orphan Annie, Madeline, the Boxcar Children, Oliver the orphaned cat, and A Little Princess to name a few. The list goes on and on, but they were all orphans and they were all cool.
Looking back, it is hard to pinpoint what was 'cool' about being a child all alone in the world. Maybe it was the spunk that these children had. Maybe it was just fun for me to imagine facing the world on my own from the safety of my living room. Whatever it was, Punky Brewster and other orphan themed children?s shows will always have a special place in my memories.
It isn't difficult imagining 'Punky Brewster: The Movie' appearing in theaters during my adulthood. The 'spunky orphan' character is still a popular icon in today's media. Although I would probably run to see it for nostalgic purposes, Punky could not possibly be as magical as she was during my childhood. I guess it is because as an adult I no longer have to imagine what it is like to face the world on my own. However, I feel that Punky-like characters will always entertain children of the future.