Getting The Slime Pit

A mother does what she can
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April 15, 2008


The year was 1987. My mother worked two jobs to raise my two sisters and I. We barely made it living in an old trailer located on Cedar Lane in Prescott valley Arizona. It was not uncommon for us to need the occasional food pantry assistance. My father, well I will leave you to guess about his role in our lives. Needless to say we were having a very rough way of it. But my Mother, whenever she could, would treat us.



There was one time I remember very well. At that time across the main highway that took you from Prescott Valley to Prescott there was a Rexall Drug Store. While walking around in the store with mom, I noticed on an end cap; The Slime Pit by Masters Of The Universe. Now mind you, as a poor child it might be one thing to ask for the occasional action figure, and thats only if you feel out the situation to see if such a question is even appropriate at the time. When you are part of a struggling family, you are drawn closer and can tell when your single parent is having a rough time, which is 80 percent of the time.

But there I stood, marveling at the box which displayed Beast Man helplessly being Slimed in Hordaks Slime Pit. Why I asked I do not know. I should have known better. But want had won me over. So I asked mom if maybe perhaps she might sorta consider getting me the Slime Pit one of these days. Talk about beating around the bush. She said maybe but that she cannot make me any promises. She picked the box up and looked at it awhile. I pretended to not act phased at the prospect of her saying no. You know how it is; you act cool with anything so as not to hurt your moms feeling because youve been disappointed. Then she placed it in our cart. WHAT THE, I thought. See, in poor people land its no small thing for a struggling parent to spend survival money on a toy. And one thing is for certain, what possessions you have; you appreciate and take care of.



That night I was in Masters Of The Universe Bedlam. I didnt have Hordak, so I pretended that Skeletor had seized the mechanism from Hordak. No one was safe. Tri Klops got slimed. Spikor? Slimed. He-Man, Zodac, Ram Man, oh it didnt matter. I had no problems carefully removing the slime and re-using it over and over. My imagination took off and stories played out in my mind. My room was the size of a glorified closet, but I turned it into Eternia. I would whistle the Masters Of The Universe theme song from the cartoon. I might have been the happiest kid in the state of Arizona.

I will always remember times like these when my mother would try and make our hard lives a little softer for us. I could tell when she was heartbroken for not being able to do better for us kids. But under the raggedy set of circumstances she did everything a mother could. She worked herself to the bone to keep us together after our father had moved us from Missouri only to abandon us in a desert state. Any time I need a lesson in strength and character, to this day I look to her.

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11 years, 11 months ago
amazing article. very well written.
    13 years, 8 months ago
    I had this thing as well, I got it second hand at this place where I grew up called "the Children's Exchange" were you could go get old toys from kids who grew out of them. I bought a new can of "slime" and forgot about it. About a year later I opened up the can and it was filmed with maggot like worms. I'm still traumatized.
      13 years, 8 months ago
      Why is this not letting me add a comment. Arrrgh. I said, "Awesome Article". It probably is letting me add and now I have triple posted because I can't see them.
        13 years, 9 months ago
        THIS ladies and gentlemen, is a perfect example of how to write an article! With some more meat to flesh it out, this article would look like something you'd expect to see published in a real magazine. As it is, its one of the best retrojunk articles I've read in a long time. Congrats!
          13 years, 9 months ago
          Brought a tear to my eye--a nice green slimy one. Well done!
            13 years, 9 months ago
            I never had one of these, but I had a similar one, which was Ghostbusters-themed.
              13 years, 9 months ago
              Yeah, I agree with your sentiment that when your family doesn't have much, materially speaking, of course, your family tends to be closer. There is nothing more helpless than to see your parent's struggling with finances and not being able to do a darn thing about it.

              That's why little gestures like this really mean alot. I can remember a Christmas as a kid that fell after my dad was laid off of work. My folks had little in the bank, but I still had an awesome Christmas! My mom and I made loaves of bread and homemade apple butter and we took them around to neighbors in our little town. Then, on Christmas morning, I got 4 G.I.Joe figures, the trouble bubble, another mini-rig vehicle, and 4 choose your own adventure book. To this day I can tell you what I got that christmas because it was so special. I can't remember what I received for the other years.
                13 years, 9 months ago
                dude that was awsome! i also had to live the poor life after my dad left and the times when mom suprised us wiht a lil something was so awsome:)
                  13 years, 9 months ago
                  I remember the slime pit, had one when I was young. Strangely enough, I also remember the smell the slime left when it dried.
                    13 years, 9 months ago
                    i have mentioned the slime pit in an article that i wrote earlier and the slime was taken away in about an hour after i got it. i really like the article man i really liked it.
                      13 years, 9 months ago
                      Hey man, I grew up with a single mother to. I know exactly how ya feel. Now that I'm older I realize how hard that had to have been on my mom. How she was ever able to afford a Nintendo for me is beyond me.
                        13 years, 9 months ago
                        Good article. Never had the slime pit, but I did buy a couple of the canisters of that stuff. Lets just say I had my share of misschief.
                          13 years, 9 months ago
                          Great article I was never able to get my hands one this myself, but always wanted it when I was a kid.
                            13 years, 9 months ago
                            I'm sure your mother is proud of you looking up to her since your father left you for reasons unknown.

                            Also great atricle too.
                              13 years, 9 months ago
                              Ah, the 80s, the decade of slime toys. I can relate to this article, though my mom never got me any slime related toys just over the clean-up worry, but I too grew up under lower middle class conditions where my parents struggled to both pay the bills and raise me and my sister, and the occasional action figure was all I could expect, and once in a blue moon I'd get a really cool playset like that. Great article, thumbs up!
                                13 years, 9 months ago
                                Awesome.
                                I loved the heck out of the slime pit.
                                  13 years, 9 months ago
                                  Great article that came from the heart.
                                    13 years, 9 months ago
                                    ;_; you have a great mom.
                                      13 years, 9 months ago
                                      i dont recall the slime pit lasting to long in my house
                                        13 years, 9 months ago
                                        Duuuude, the slime pit! What i loved about being a kid is that all of your toys, no matter what cartoon or series they came from, would always be mixed up when you played with them. That slime pit was used on G.I.Joes, Ninja Turtles, Spiderman, even the green army men. Those were the days. AHHHH! You see, this is exactly why I love this site. Articles like this let me unwind after work and remember better days.
                                        Your mom rocks by the way. I had to BEG my mother to buy this (I kid you not, BEG!) Even still, moms for some reason (while not really understanding what its like to be a little boy) are a key ingredient in a kick-ass childhood.
                                          13 years, 9 months ago
                                          nice share dude.
                                            13 years, 9 months ago
                                            Nice Article, Short and sweet. I had 3 brothers so the only time I got anything big was at Christmas...Thumbs Up
                                              13 years, 9 months ago
                                              Makes me remember all the gooey, rubbery toys I played with growing up. Nice share. Thumbs up!
                                                13 years, 9 months ago
                                                Cool article ;)
                                                  13 years, 9 months ago
                                                  Excellent article. Well written. When ur growing up poor you learn to appreciate toys and a gesture like that from mom.
                                                    13 years, 9 months ago
                                                    At the time, I always thought that was the grossest toy on the market.
                                                      13 years, 9 months ago
                                                      Neat story. I too was the child of a single mother but she always made birthdays and christmas special for my twin sister and I. My grandparents spoiled me once in a while though. The best toy I conned my grandparents into getting me was the TMNT sewer playset. That thing was awesome and my cousin had one too.
                                                        13 years, 9 months ago
                                                        Did anyone else ignore the directions and ruin their Moss-Man or Grizzlor in the Slime Pit?
                                                          13 years, 9 months ago
                                                          I like stories like this. Thumbs up.
                                                            13 years, 9 months ago
                                                            There's a raw honesty to your articles that always make them stand out. On the one hand, this is a nice little trip down memory lane for kids that had action figure playsets. On the other, its a moving testament to the little gestures that make all families, rich or poor, work and move forward. My highest thumbs up to this.
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