Rainbow Brite is everything 8-year-old me could ever ask for: She’s shiny. She has great clothes. She’s colorful. She has a horse. There are lots of stars involved. She is available in TV, doll, and Shrinky Dink format.
And talk about make-up! I remember the doll having artfully applied blue eyeshadow, and a purple star on her cheek.
You know, if all of us late-20somethings and early-30somethings in DC got together and decided we were ALL going to start applying purple stars on our cheeks in order to brighten our workday, it would become socially acceptable to do so! Right…right?! Who’s with me?
I don’t remember that much about the TV show…I mean, I know she generally was a good and colorful female character who had a horse and some kind of fuzzy pets, and her friends were all different colors, too.
I could watch some episodes on YouTube. I could check the Wikipedia page to find out more. But I’m not going to do that. Because you know what? I like to keep my fuzzy memories fuzzy. Just like that little white fuzzy friend she’s got hanging onto her on that horse…whatever that thing is.
Instead, I’m going to remember the Christmas Eve when I unwrapped my Rainbow Brite doll, a gift from my Aunt Tammy (who, at the time, wore eyeshadow every bit as colorful as Rainbow Brite’s outfit). I remember staring at that doll for five minutes straight before finally working up the good sense to hug my aunt and tell her that I loved her, and that this doll was the best Christmas present I had ever received. I still remember the iridescent blue of that dress like it was yesterday.
Ladies, may your day be full of shining light and colorful cosmetics choices.
And not to worry, chickens. We are by no means done with rainbows. I know you want me to cover “Reading Rainbow, ” and oh, we will. And just in case you need more time wasters today, here’s a rainbow. Here’s an even more spectacular rainbow. And here is the best rainbow that ever ‘bowed.