I miss the early 2000s. The synopsis of my early life consisted of a lot of attitude, and even more confidence mixed in with countless memories. Unapologetic confidence is the one aspect of my childhood that I wish I could fully live out today. When “Bills, Bills, Bills” came out, I was three years old and probably the most spunky toddler you’d meet. So, when I was watching the videos MTV used to air, the amazing vocals, attitude, and confidence exemplified in this song hit me like a freight train – and gave me an excuse to be sassier than I already was.
I didn’t know what bills were, I didn’t care. All I knew was Beyonce was mad at a man who needed to pay the bills he was creating in her name. I walked around the house for weeks singing this song (not to the satisfaction of my parents, might I add). Despite what my parents said, I loved Beyonce and I wanted to be her, or her friend and group member, Kelly (if I was remotely near Beyonce that would be acceptable). I never aspired to be Michelle though. No one liked Michelle. So, if I ever get too consumed in my current life and need memories from the past, I put in my headphones and press play.
–CeCe Gaines, News Reporter
I used to work at an elementary after-school care program and often found myself wishing I could return to my childhood. Nostalgia would creep up on me when a child would crawl in my lap to be read to or helping them craft the perfect cookie worthy of giving to their childhood crush.
The problem with childhood, however, is that you can’t go back. I love this video so much because it does just that. Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift’s miniature doppelgängers wander through the wonders of childhood that I remember so well. If I ever feel a wistfulness for the simplicity of childhood (and need a laugh at kids putting marker all over their faces), all I do is click play.
– Kellie Lawless, features reporter