I have so many wonderful memories of my childhood, and one of the best is watching Bob Barker on The Price is Right every day in the summer, on holiday breaks, and on sick days home from school. Was it even a legitimate sick day if you didn't watch Bob Barker, sip ginger ale, and eat Campbell's Chicken Noodle soup with saltines??
I remember summer days at 11:00 a.m., sitting in the family room with my sisters, hoping that someone would get to play The Clock Game or win both showcases. My Grandma Mil watched it too, and sometimes we would call her and see what she thought about a game or a contestant! It was fun. Simple, clean, cozy, fun. And I loved it.
I also remember watching some other favorites, The Miss USA and Miss Universe Pageants. Bob Barker hosted these programs for several years, and I loved it when he used his signature line there, too. I still hear him saying, " Come on down, Miss USA!"
Hearing of his death was not a surprise. He was 99, after all. But realizing that yet another one of my childhood icons is gone is hard, as it serves as a reminder that life does indeed pass quickly, and I get older at the same time. Maybe that is why I prefer to watch the old Price is Right. The one I know and love. The one with Bob Barker streaming on Pluto and Roku TV. For a short time, I can forget about the ugliness of our world today and be that young girl again, sitting in my childhood home, watching The Price is Right with my sisters, my mom making melty ham and cheese sandwiches in the kitchen nearby.