As exciting a month as December typically is, it also is a pro at making me a little sad and reflective. December seems to speed by with activity, a great exclamation point near the end and then - poof - it's all over and we've got to start another year again. So it wasn't that surprising to me when I watched Toy Story 3 for the first time a few nights ago that the last five minutes of it made me bawl like nobody's business.
I know that I'm a lucky one to have the privilege of growing old. But I also appreciate and cherish those carefree years that I had as a child - being able to run wild with the other kids on my block as we tested the boundaries of what our parents actually meant by "sundown"; having no inhibitions and being able to just go up to another kid and ask if they wanted to play; reading some of my favorite library books to my mom (Berenstain Bears was a fave); building forts in the living room on Saturday mornings while watching cartoons and wrestling while it was still WWF; standing on a chair so I can reach the kitchen counters and "help" my grandmother mix together meatballs or knead dough.
And the toys ... I envied my cousin's real metal Transformers and Voltron - he had all five lions that really snapped together to form a robot! But I had a Jem doll - with the light up earrings - and my all-time fave was She-Ra. Female actions figures! Girl had a bomb-ass fit body, kicked butt in a short white mini while fully accessorized in gold - including her sword and blinged out shield, had a buff male side-kick and a flying horse. Take that G.I. Joe.
(Unfortunately my dad is a clean freak and it wasn't long after I stopped playing with my toys that they disappeared completely from our house. Bye-bye Barbie, hello Huffy bike ... until I outgrew that and it got tossed/donated as well).
So I'm going to ask you ladies to a take a moment and reflect. What are some of your favorite memories or activities from childhood? Are there any toys from your childhood that you're sometimes still nostalgic for?
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