TGIF, dear readers!
Time for another Fun Friday writing exercise. If you haven't participated yet, today is your day, because this topic should resonate with everyone.
What was your favorite toy as a child? What made it your favorite toy? Does it have any connection to who you are--or what you love--today? Where did it come from? Do you still have it?
My favorite toy was a wooden dollhouse. Mom made it from a kit, painstakingly punching out the pieces, sanding them, painting them, and gluing them together. All the furniture in the house was made from wooden kits. Mom had a heck of a time hiding this gift from me that Christmas--she must have worked long into the night after I went to bed. (The image above is not my dollhouse--I couldn't find a photo that remotely resembled mine.)
|Queen Mary's dollhouse. |
I would have DIED to see this thing!
I was charmed by the sight of a world in miniature, but I think it was the toy's capacity for imaginative play that lured me in. My little doll family loved, laughed, and fought in that house--sometimes I'd get carried away by the story I was acting out. I'd yell so loudly Mom would run to find out what was wrong.
That little house inspired plenty of envy among my girlfriends. One friend begged for her own dollhouse, and we then debated the merits of wood versus plastic. It's laughable now, but it was all too important then. I was scared to let other kids play with my dollhouse, because I was terrified of it breaking. Later on, Mom bought me much fancier, factory-made furniture that was stained to look like the real thing, but as I grew up I realized how much love and work went into the original tiny toilets and beds. I'm not sure what happened to the old dollhouse, but I do have most of the second set of furniture (although much of it is in disrepair).
I'm still captivated by miniatures, and hope to have a dollhouse again one day. I have a shoebox full of miniature food, china, and household items, just waiting for a place of its own. To me, a dollhouse is all about stories, because it encouraged me to start telling them.
Your turn! What was your favorite toy?