Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Toy Story

Last month, Ed and I went through all our storage boxes.  We threw away, organized, and reminisced.  I found my Barbie dolls and Ed found what was left of his Mr. Potato Head.

Mr. Potato Head had been in the heat and his plastic body was brittle and broken.  His whole face was gone.  Ed laid out his body pieces and took a photo to remember him by, then put him back in the box and placed him in the "save" pile.  He couldn't let him go.

It got me thinking about the toys we had back when we were kids, me in the late sixties, early seventies, and Ed in the seventies and early eighties.

My favorite things to play with were my Barbie dolls.  I had several Barbies, a Ken doll, and a bunch of doll clothes, some sewn by my mother.  I also had a life-sized baby doll, also with a wardrobe sewn by my mother.  
We had Lionel Trains (from my grandfather), Viewmasters, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots, an Erector Set, Lincoln Logs, Silly Putty, GI Joe dolls, Candyland, Legos, Matchbox cars, Spirograph, Hot Wheels, and more. 

We weren't spoiled - it's not like we had Atari or a foosball table - but we were fortunate to have many of the popular toys of the day.  I wanted an EZ-Bake oven like some of my friends had, but even back then some part of me knew that a lightbulb really couldn't cook a cake.  And I guess I really didn't care because I had a wrist-rocket.  That was way cooler.  I wish my mother would have thought to save more of my childhood toys, I would have loved to see them today.   

What were some of your favorite toys?

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I Am One Of The Safe Ones
2015: The Birthplace Of The King
2014: A Whole Big Lot Of Love
2013: When A Pig Wraps Himself Around A Chicken Deliciousness Ensues
2012: Let The Stockpiling Begin
2011: From The Island To The Desert
2010: The Town I Was Dying To See
2009: Gleaming Curve
2008: Color Me Casual
2007: Eddie Goes Running Friday
2006: Forever Yours
2005: Home Away From Home

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