We all grew up with toys and I believe we have our unique toy stories. We have toys that relate our unadulterated childhood memories. I came from a family who does not have that much in life. But my parents never deprived me the chance to play and experience having toys. With the support of my Aunties and godparents, I was able to enjoy that once in a lifetime stage of my life.
Now that I am
an overweight grown up, I still enjoy toys and exchanging toy stories with my friends and colleagues of my ages. Here are some of the toys and stories I'd like to share. Hope you won't get bored. ;-)
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Who have not loved Barbie? Barbie Dolls were like the best friend of every little girl. Owning a Barbie unfortunately does not bring the contentment. Who could ever forget those spare dresses, accessories and the Barbie house. I never had a Barbie house but my imagination made me convert cardboard boxes as my own version of Barbie's house.
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I never owned a Cabbage Patch Kids doll. I was contented in seeing my affluent playmates who were privileged to own this sweet-smelling doll. Cabbage Patch Kids dolls are rarely available and quite expensive to purchase in the Philippines. I had this simple wish that before I turn 30, I will be able to own at least one of this sweet and chubby doll.
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I love to play board games only if I have plenty of companions. It's boring and less exciting with limited competitors. Unlike other toys, no creativity and technique are needed here. Board games are about luck and chances. The game is simple but the unpredictability of outcomes brings the excitement. (Just like life?) I encountered a lot of board games but the snakes and ladders became my all time favorite.
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I grew up in the years when electronic games are starting to proliferate. Instead of counting my age, I'd like to believe that I had the privilege of observing how technology innovated toys. Here are the classic electronic toys that partly deteriorated my eyesight and made me forgot playing in the streets.
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I believe this electronic gadget only grew in the Philippine market.
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I admit these technologically empowered toys spoiled my childhood. At some point, these toys deteriorated my eyesight and made me ignore my outdoor playmates. My source of happiness were suddenly confined in a TV set and a small box of artificial games.
Kids today will definitely have a different toy story to relate. I can already see a different version from my nieces and nephews. I rarely see them play with dolls, cars and those outdoor games. Most of the time, it's the desktop games and their PSPs that keep them occupied. Some researches even attribute technologically empowered toys as a leading source of increasing obesity among kids. It boils down from the fact that computer games lessen the physical activities of kids.
I am not anti-technology. I am more concerned on the negative effects that technology brings to every kid. Since technology commands changes, I believe that it has its own way of resolving the problems it has created. Am I getting too serious now? ;-)
I hope you enjoyed my own toy story. I would love to hear your own toy stories too. :)