As human beings, do we innately remember things better than they really were? Do we unconsciously block out all of the painful memories—the additional pairs of underwear we had to pack for school in preparation for wedgies—and only remember the good times. Is Tom Keifer mistaken when he tells me, “Don’t know what you've got ‘til it’s gone”? Do we romance the past?
Or is it that life just gets progressively worse? Were they right when they told us that those were the best years of our lives? Could it be that in all of the cataclysm and turbulence of high school, we were our happiest?
In True Blood’s Dead Meat, Sookie finds herself pondering these things. She stands at her parents grave, hurling epithets like a pissed off teenager. Just how swell were her parents anyhow? She knows that they chose to kill her over consigning her to Warlow. “I’d rather walk the earth as a corpse than spend another minute thinking about you,” she says indignantly.