One of the great things about parenting is introducing your kids to the things you loved as a child.

Now, that's not saying that that love will transfer to the next generation, but it might give your children a chance to know you a little bit better.

One particular thing that comes to mind is "I Love Lucy." I have fond memories of watching that show with my mom when it ran on Nick at Nite. It was one of her favorite childhood shows, and I grew to love it as well.

Now, as a mother myself, Lucy has been passed on to another generation. I have the full series on DVD, and once or twice a year I break them out and go through all the episodes. Now, it's something Colin and I watch together. Even though the times have changed and a lot of the plot points aren't relevant today, I love hearing his giggles as Lucy gets into and out of her shennanigans.

My favorite show from when I was Colin's age was "Saved by the Bell." My sister and I watched it nearly every day after school. I probably have every episode practically memorized.

A few days ago, I was going through recommended shows on our Hulu account and came across the complete series, College Years, Hawaiian Style and Wedding in Las Vegas included. I decided to go ahead and turn it on in the background as I got ready for work.

At first, Colin wasn't too happy about it. He would rather watch something more contemporary, or, most likely, his YouTube videos.

But this morning, something happened. I told him I just wanted to have my show on for a bit and he could watch his shows after I left for work. He said, "OK, I guess it's not such a bad show."

Then, this afternoon I came across a post from my brother. The first episode debuted 30 years ago this week. He said he felt old. I felt a bit aged myself when I read that.

But it's not just shows. We've also introduced the boys to some of our favorite movies. "Monster Squad" is one both boys enjoyed when we played it for them, and Colin still gets excited when we pull that one up.

"Clue" is also a favorite of mine, and Colin loves it. Jason and Logan, not so much.

Both boys also love "Gremlins," a movie that scared me quite a bit in my younger days. The father's closing voiceover gave me the chills and led me to ask my dad to check under my bed, in my closet, outside my windows and on my balcony for any gremlins that might be waiting to get me. I still can't believe that movie is rated PG.

One of Logan's favorites from the '80s that we introduced him to was "Flight of the Navigator." He first watched in when he was about 5 or 6 years old. It's one I never watched as a child, but Jason had and wanted Logan to see it. Logan loved it. Several times when we went to rent movies, he would ask for, "Navigator, Daddy?"

Hopefully, I can get some of this transferred over to a love of some of my favorite books for Colin. I tried "Charlotte's Web" at one point, but he was a little young for chapter books. I've also handed down quite the collection of "Goosebumps" books to the boys, but now Logan's a bit old and Colin's a bit young.

I was also very excited when Logan read "To Kill a Mockingbird" when he got to high school. Again, it was one of my mom's favorites, and I fell in love with it when I read it a couple of years after she passed away. There's just something about Scout's innocence in telling the story that gets me.

I have started collecting the illustrated versions of the "Harry Potter" series in the hopes that Colin and I will one day read them together. They're so much better than the movies, but time will tell.

And as for music, that would have to be its own column.

— Features Editor Tracy Goldizen can be reached via email at or followed on Twitter @CourierTracy.

Tracy Goldizen is the Courier's features and magazine editor, leading production of the award-winning "Ottumwa Life" and the Courier's other magazine offerings. She began work with the Courier on the copy desk.

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