Old Toys Get New Life

Earlier today I gave my niece a small suitcase full of my old Barbie dolls.  At first I was worried that my nephews would get jealous about her receiving toys and not them, but they seemed to understand that much of my childhood toys would be a bit “girlish”. I think whatever unisex toys I did have, my two oldest nephews got years ago. It is a beautiful thing to see a child’s eyes light up when they get a new toy to play with.

Last night as I sorted through the dolls, inspecting them for any age related damage (some materials don’t exactly withstand the test of time, even only 30 years), I understandably felt a little nostalgic. From the time I was 3 or 4 until I was about 13 or 14, those Barbie and Barbie wannabe dolls provided me hours of imaginative play. Sometimes I played with them on my own or with other children. There was no internet just yet and home computers were for the wealthy, so we had to use our imaginations. Worlds were created, adventures were had, dreams were explored. I was poor so each and every toy I ever got was cherished and I was thankful for even the handmedowns. Though this digital age has claimed much of a child’s play time, I do hope my old dolls can enjoy a brief second life bringing some joy and imagination to a child once again.


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