There’s a commercial running that asks if you could do something different, what would it be? I don’t even know what company it features, but people give answers such as be a writer or an artist. I guess my first response would be to be able to afford to write full-time. If I had to choose something different though, a career path that I would truly enjoy, I’d work for a toy company.
When the movie Big came out in 1988, starring a young Tom Hanks, I thought he had the greatest job ever, a researcher and developer of new toys. I wanted that job and that apartment filled with pinball machines, action figures and a pop machine.
I read that the Toy & Game Fair is coming to Chicago this weekend and my eyes lit up. Me, one who avoids crowds, especially crowds filled with lots of small children actually considered heading into the city this weekend to check it out. What can I say? I’m a big kid at heart and have always loved toys.
Christmas isn’t the same around here anymore because I don’t have any small children to indulge. I think the earliest we were ever dragged out of bed on a Christmas morning was five o’clock. Last year, we finally woke them up and forced them out of bed at noon. Yes I know can donate to Toys For Tots and other local organizations like that (I do), but it isn’t the same as watching the kids opening their gifts frantically. Yes I spoiled my kids at Christmas and on their birthdays, but I honestly I didn’t buy them much during the rest of the year. Christmas was my time to shine. Not only did I try to find what was on their lists, but I also searched out unique items that weren’t.
Until the next round of children descends upon our immediate family I can only dream about once again staying up late on Christmas Eve to assemble the toys that come in a million pieces. The only thing I don’t miss is applying all the stickers that inevitably come with it. Anyone who’s ever purchased anything Barbie, knows exactly what I’m talking about.