In every real man
a child is hidden that wants to play.
A few days ago,
i was thinking about my childhood
and how fortunate i was
to have such loving parents
and so many cool toys. :-)
I wanted to share with you
some of the toys i remember most.
i'm guessing some of you
might recognize a few of these.
The 1970's version of an ipad.
Even then, there were selfies.
This actually played music.
I was so impressed.
Who hasn't played with Fisher Price?!
i remember the pig was my favorite.
Just cause he was so damn cute.
Yeah. Barrel of monkeys.
We spent hours playing with these little guys...
hooking one arm into the other.
Why we didn't end up in an asylum
after 2 hours of this
i'll never know. ;-)
the freedom to create what we wanted,
and a dark room...
what more could an artist want?
DON'T BREAK THE ICE...
You had to slowly knock out the ice blocks
without breaking the whole surface.
If the surface broke,
and your little guy fell through,
you were scarred for life.
And you lost the game.
Who remembers these?!?
Basically, a free trip
to the emergency room.
I smashed more fingers, wrists and elbows with these babies
than i care to recall.
(yes, elbows. I sucked)
For a while back in the 70's
telephone pole wires everywhere
had these "Clackers" hanging from them.
This is how we rated
whether a town was cool or not.
"Yeah but dad, they're probably really BORING here!!
I see no clackers ANYWHERE!"
Today's Canadian health & safety version.
Poor kids. They don't know what they're missing.
ah.... Doodle Art.
An overdose of fun.
And of butterflies.
These large format posters
were sold in tubes back then,
along with the markers.
Kind of like a huge coloring book page
on its own.
They all had specific themes.
My favorite theme was the underwater ocean one...
For obvious reasons.
In one of my past lives,
i was a fish.
Ah... another free trip to the hospital...
Basically, a pen with a metal tip
that you plugged in until it was hot enough to burn wood.
Or the kitchen table.
It came with several different tips,
and a series of different wood designs...
Flowers, horses, scary clowns.
Whenever i needed to threaten my brothers,
this was the object of choice.
Who needs Mafia when you have a wood burning gadget?
...and the Etch a sketch... ;-)
Do any of these resonate with any of you?
Did you have a favorite toy as a child,
or a favorite thing to do?
I have tons more i could share
but i'll keep those for another post.
Thanks for hanging out.