Wednesday, September 9th, 2009
Preserving Yesterday for your Kids
Or use eBay to reclaim your memories.
For anyone scratching their head, acquaint yourself with Calvin and Hobbes.
That Hobbes message about saving your childhood playthings for your future child (or in our case, grandchildren) is charming, but ya know, I’m on record controversially suggesting you let go of your favorite children’s books because the bulk of their useful life will be spent in storage while the pages physically deteriorate waiting for the hands of your grandchildren.
Additionally, most stuffed animals aren’t machine washable and you’d have to carefully store yours so they don’t acquire mildew over the next couple decades. And really, does your child need exactly the same toy you enjoyed, or just something similar?
The hardest part isn’t finding a stuffed animal that doesn’t have a backstory fantasy world pre-supplied by a marketer’s movie tie-in… no, the hardest part is uprooting yourself and moving to a community that still roughly approximates the childhood neighborhood you cherish (if you had a happy childhood).
For example, Calvin’s forest adventures with Hobbes or Christopher Robin’s Hundred Acre Wood.
Me? I’d like an empty lot with oak trees, wild grass that browns every summer and a creek where I can catch crawdads… at the end of my street. Instead, my daughter has an empty field that will be converted to high density housing with no front lawns by this time next year.
In keeping with the message in the Where Did You Go? Out. What Did You Do? Nothing book, I may have short-changed my kids by virtue of the housing choices my wife and I made long before we had a child.
What from your childhood do you remember more — the toys in your room, or the outdoor area immediately surrounding your home where you played with friends?