Holly Hobbie, the patchwork girl with the giant blue bonnet, has returned. Created in the late 1960s and widely marketed to Gen-X girls in 1974, she now appears as a member of Generation Z in the Hulu series, Holly Hobbie.
Ruby Jay is Holly Hobbie
Instafamous Ruby Jay, 14, landed the leading role in Holly Hobbie, a series about an aspiring singer enduring typical teen dramas while living in the small town of Collinsville. The series is filmed in Canada, but the town is straight outta Rural Oklahoma. In fact, we have a Collinsville! I’ve been there a few times.
I started watching the series over the weekend with my daughter Bridgette. We made it through three episodes, and Bridgy gives it a thumbs up. It’s sweet and wholesome with themes that appeal to most young teens: best friend drama, cheerleader tryouts, etc. The episode about the Miss Pickle Pageant reminded me of the East Texas Yamboree and many a Yam Queen I have loved. Also, the show is slightly reminiscent of the short-lived, but long-remembered 1980s TV series Square Pegs.
Vintage Holly Hobbie
Like many Gen-X girls, I loved Holly Hobbie. In junior high, I carried a metal lunchbox featuring the patchwork character to school every day. Yes, junior high. I suppose I was a late bloomer. And, now that I think about it, maybe that’s why I got my butt kicked on the bus every morning. All these years I’ve thought it was because I was the new kid living in a dilapidated farm house in the middle of an affluent neighborhood.
Speaking of the past, I recently decided to return to memoir writing. I’ve read Fast Draft Your Memoir in 45 Hours by Rachel Herron a few times, and am following all her great advice. That includes purchasing Scrivener, which has really helped me get organized. I’ve written about eight scenes, and obviously have a very long way to go. I think it will take me longer than 45 hours. Ha.
I share that to say this: Something as innocuous as a Holly Hobbie lunchbox can release a flood of painful memories. But, I’m determined not to blog my memoirs, but diligently organize them in book form, even if only for my children.
As Herron’s instructs, a memoir is not an autobiography. I am not going to tell my entire life story in a book. That would be so boring. Instead, my memoirs, like yours, probably break down into three or four long narratives. Through all of them the collective persona of Generation X bears out. Among those narratives, the one I most want to tell is about how all the bad things that happened to me before the age of 29 – things, that at times, hurt so bad I thought I would die — all eventually passed. Every single one of them. And, had I not pressed on I would have missed out on motherhood, the greatest and most fulfilling adventure of my life.
Do you have a favorite memoir? I have so many, but I really loved Sarah Smarsh’s Heartland. One of my longtime favorites is This Boy’s Life by Tobias Wolff.
Here are some vintage Holly Hobbie pictures to brighten your day. And, if you are the parent of a Gen Z, do check out the new series on Hulu. It has been very nice watching it with my Bridgy.
All of the above photos were either purchased by me or shared publicly on social networks.