Over Christmas at my parents' house, I sat around and
whined reminisced about wanting (and never receiving) an E-Z Bake Oven growing up. Actually, "want" is too wimpy a word. I craved, coveted, longed for an E-Z Bake Oven.
Then, for my 23rd birthday, a friend of mine gave me one. After squeeing for the rest of the afternoon, I went home and made some brownies. I learned two important lessons that day:
1. There's a reason that real ovens don't come with heating element options of gas, electric, convection, and...lightbulb.
2. Some things are better left in that wispy, wondrous place in your mind known as nostalgia.
And so, without further ado, a new feature of Novels During Naptime...
YOU CAN'T GO BACK FRIDAYs in which I present to you a piece of pop culture from the past that I adored at the time and am afraid to re-watch/listen to/read/experience in the fear that it will be ruined for me.
Here's the catch: Said piece of nostalgia will be presented exactly as I remember it from my 6/8/12/whatever year-old mind. In other words, I will not be referencing wikipedia, IMDB, my older sister, my younger sister, Google, etc. before posting. Feel free to fill in gaps and point out inaccuracies, of which there will be many*.
First up: "The Boy Who Could Fly" (a.k.a. the best inspirational quasi-paranormal/sci-fi movie EVER)
This came out in the...hmmm....late '80s. It starred the guy** who played Alan Thicke's robot son in the T.V. movies about being a teenage robot ("Almost Human" is ringing a bell) and the girl who looks like a cross between a young, perky Elisabeth Shue and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.
Basically, a boy who can't speak shows up out of nowhere and a family takes him in. He immediately falls in love with their teenage daughter but can't express the way he feels. He can fly, though, so to express his love for the girl, he takes her flying in a nightgown (she was wearing the nightgown, not him).
I remember him making puppy dog eyes a lot.
I think there was a funny scene where everyone's playing catch, and he flies up to catch the ball.
The military finds out about him and wants to run invasive experiments on him. The girl helps him escape.
And I think he was an alien, so...he escaped to outer space? I guess??
The important thing is, I loved it.
*There's also a very real possibility that I'm mixing a good portion of this plot up with "Short Circuit".
**I saw the actor a few years ago in a McDonald's commercial, and it made me really, really sad. I think his name was Jay Something.