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My dog is casting a doubting eye on me. Sure. You walked to school. Yeah. Yeah, that’s an old joke, but if you’re over 40 you can probably relate. When I hit 40 I swore I wouldn’t do too much of that whiny-sounding diatribe about how things were better when I was a kid. I know every era has its challenges and every life has its challenges.
When I hit 50 I found myself saying, “When I was a kid.” I think it’s normal for everyone who reaches middle age to recall childhood with mixed nostalgia and maybe even sentimentality and sadness.
I remember favorite toys that I had as a kid and even two toys I never received but wanted. One is a Mattel doll that broke when my dad tried to get it to work. The Dancerina 1968 Dancing Ballerina Doll. When he took it back the store was out and he couldn’t replace the doll. Never got that doll, and I was so sad. Recently I decided to see if I could find the doll and get one. I Googled what I remembered of the doll and low and behold there it was. I never had Legos, so my husband bought me a set last Christmas. Fun! When I was a child I had these small Styrofoam dolls with dresses made out of sequins that were attached with pins. I loved those things. I also adored Spirographs sets.
How about that clothing nostalgia thing? Lately I’ve been on a 1912 kick because of Downton Abbey and Titanic. If you stop by my Pinterest page you’ll see the clothing in my Downton Abbey section that I love. What does that have to do with toys? Nothing. But it does show that clothing styles come around again and again. The last few years the 70’s have come back in clothing, shoes and hairstyles for both women and men. I distinctly recall wearing some of those clothes in the ACTUAL 70’s. In the 80’s, for a short time, a type of high-waist pants with cuffs reminiscent of the 1940’s came back in style. I wore some of those pants. My mother recognized the style since she was a young woman in the 30’s and 40’s.
I’m not sure why turning 50 last year made me want toys, but I venture to say I’m not the only one who can remember their childhood with affection and enjoyment.
Tell me a fond childhood memory and you could win a paperback from my backlist! I’ll draw a winner on Friday.