Hey blog world! Today, radio station Coast 101.1 host Dana Parsons asked listeners what poster(s) they had on their walls growing up. As I grew and my interests changed from one thing to another, many different posters adorned my walls. Here’s a look at what used to be and what currently is gracing my bedroom wall
The very first movie I ever saw in the theater was “Monsters Inc.” My Aunt and Uncle took me to see it at the Empire Theatre (now known as Cineplex) in the Avalon Mall in 2001 when I was 4 years old. I loved the movie! After that, I was all about “Monsters Inc”. I collected all the Happy Meal toys from McDonald’s and played with them pretty much all the time, I had a stuffed, talking Sully that I slept with every night, I even bought a “Monsters Inc” poster from a yard sale and hung it on my wall. It was pink and had Mike, Sully and Boo on it.
As I got older, my interests changed and the “Monsters Inc” poster got old. It had a few creases and rips in it, so I took it down. When I was 10, I put a new poster in it’s place. A “Winnie The Pooh” poster that I was gifted for Christmas. It’s a light blue poster with Pooh and Piglet in their PJ’s reading storybooks. That poster is still on my wall.
A year or so after that (I think), I added another poster to my wall, one that is very special and my most favorite in my collection. Because it’s so special it’s still on my wall. My favorite local children’s entertainer is Terry Rielly the Teddy Bear Man. I love him not only for his music which is awesome (he’s not on YouTube or iTunes, but I think you can find his music at Fred’s Records (correct me if I’m wrong) and it’s worth checking out, especially his songs “Peanut Butter Kids” and “Great Balls of Spinach”) but also because of the person that he is. He is one of the kindest people I have ever met. He has a heart that’s three sizes too big! He brings so much joy to everyone that he meets. He’s also cracked (a Newfoundland term meaning very foolish), which is one of my favorite things about him! He makes me laugh a lot! One day, after he performed a show on Topsail Beach, I bought one of his posters to put on my wall. After I paid for it, he signed it for me! The autograph is starting to fade due to age, but it still brings a smile every time I look at it. I’m so lucky to be able to call him my friend!
When I was in my preteen years, I was really into “Club Penguin”, a virtual world where players could create their own penguin avatar and waddle around an arctic city where they could put off a concert on the lighthouse stage, watch or participate in a soccer or hockey match at the sports arena, make pizza’s at the local restaurant, become secret agents, and do all sorts of other cool things! During this phase, above my door was a poster that I got from a Club Penguin book. A bunch of familiar Club Penguin characters were standing on an iceberg. There was Rockhopper the pirate, Aunt Arctic, the writer of the advice column for the Club Penguin newspaper, G, the scientist penguin who created all the weaponry for agents of the Penguin Secret Agency, and many other penguins as well. After a few years, I didn’t log in to Club Penguin as much as I used to. I had moved on to other interests, so the Club Penguin poster came down.
At age 13 when I was in grade 8, as I was browsing through the Schoolastic Book Fair at school, I came across a poster that caught my eye. An orange tabby cat wearing a chef’s hat sitting next to a cupcake that it baked! I’m a cat person and I thought that poster was the most adorable thing and I just had to put it in my room!
Now that I’m older, the posters on my wall reflect my current interests. I love doing puzzles and above my TV is a 1000 piece poster puzzle that I put together. Its pieces are designed so that they don’t fall apart when lifted up so that the puzzle can be hung on the wall. The puzzle is a beautiful picture of two young girls catching butterflies in a field of flowers. There are dandelions, lilies, sunflowers, lots of pretty things.
I also love sitting down with my Poppy and paying a visit to the cobbles of “Coronation Street”. We don’t get to do that together very often, so that makes it even more special when we do. In 2014, I took him to the Holy Heart Theater to see Chris Gascoyne, the actor who plays Peter Barlow. While there, I bought a poster signed by the entire cast. Looking at it makes me feel warm and fuzzy inside remembering my special night out with my Poppy.
One of my favorite bands is 1 Girl Nation. They are a Christian pop group. I discovered them in 2014 when they played at YC, a Christian youth conference that was held at Mile 1. I had a blast at their concert! Their music is so upbeat and fun and I love the positive messages that they spread through their songs! They sing about living for Jesus, showing his love to everyone and my favorite song of theirs is about how everyone is perfect in the eyes of the Lord. I left their concert feeling empowered and inspired. The next day I bought their debut album and I still love jamming out to it in the car! I’ve listened to it so many times I have every song memorized! Inside the CD jacket was a signed poster of the group, which is now hanging on the wall by my closet.
My walls also display several Broadway posters! For those of you who don’t know, I am obsessed with Broadway musicals!! I have posters of some of my favorite shows, “Rent”, “Wicked”, “Avenue Q”, “Cats” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat”. I also have a poster with one of my favorite quotes from “Rent”
There’s only us, there’s only this. Forget regret or life is yours to miss. No other road, no other way, no day but today!
Last summer, on my last day of work, as a parting gift my very thoughtful co-workers gave me two of the most breathtaking posters I’ve ever seen. My walls are sadly too full to display them right now but once I’m not so busy with school and have a bit of time to play interior decorator I can’t wait to make some space and hang them up! The posters are landscape photos taken by Nate and Nicole Photography and Lisa Bokelmann and they contain the lyrics to the chorus of “Spirit of Newfoundland”, Spirit of Newfoundland’s theme song written by Peter Halley. This is what they look like
If you’re as awestruck by these photos as I am, I encourage you to purchase them! As the above pictures state, they are available for purchase at Spirit of Newfoundland, located at 6 Cathedral Street in Downtown St. John’s. Every purchase of these prints goes to the Masonic Temple Restoration Fund! Please help the temple and buy a poster!
What poster(s) did you have on your wall as you grew up? What do you have now, if any? Tell me in the comments!