Yesterday afternoon, out of sheer curiosity, I sent out a simple tweet that received an overwhelming response:
Fill in the blank.— LP (@lindsperry) January 9, 2019
Today's cheerleaders will never know what it's like to _________________.
It's true that there is a massive difference between today's cheerleading and the cheerleading that many of us grew up with which we touched on last year with our "Worlds Year One" video:
What I didn't realize, however, is how nostalgic some of the answers would make me feel...or how hard I would laugh reminiscing about the "glory days" of sponge rollers and bodysuits!
From the hundreds of responses, here are some of my favorites:
"Today's cheerleaders will never know what it's like to..."
Hear songs from their mix in the store or on the radio & spontaneously burst out in a routine.
Wear a sticker on the side of your face that was so hard to take off.
Have to roll up mats after every practice.
Bring a cassette tape to practice, to get a copy of the music & rewind it when you had to redo a section.
Have a "mini dance" in the middle of your routine before the actual dance.
The stress of both teasing and brushing out a poof.
Change the color insert on your cheer shoes.
Have your mom slick back your hair in a ponytail then spend HOURS putting curlers in it with tight hold gel.
Sit on the floor at The Milkhouse (now known as the HP Field House)
Wear a polyester turtleneck uniform.
Hand scrunch pompons that were bigger than your head.
Those dang glitter lips https://t.co/DnolUio4TT— Jenna (@jennabainee) January 9, 2019
Let's just all agree to NEVER bring those back, shall we?