Day 7 – Your favorite childhood toys.
Books were my favorite, still are. My bicycle, and my camera.
When I was 7 years old, my daddy died. I was already an avid reader, but became more of a reader. I would put a book in my basket, along with a snack, and my camera, and head off into the neighborhood. I’d ride around until I found just the right spot. An old oak tree. I’d park my bike, get my book and sit under the tree and read. When I got hungry I’d eat my snack and then I’d walk around and take pictures (if I’m not mistaken it was a Cinderella or a Barbie camera) and then I’d go back to the tree and go back to reading my book. I spent a lot of time alone the year after his death. I needed to grieve and their was always too much going on in our house: too many people asking me if I was okay, did I want to talk about it, how I felt… I tend to be one of those people who needs quiet reflection, time alone, and an outlet such as reading or writing tends to be my best avenue towards grieving or thinking or healing.
Don’t get me wrong, my brother and I had lots of toys. Stretch Armstrong, the board game Operation (which was one of my favorites), GI Joe and Barbies, the Incredible Hulk, Monopoly, card games, checkers, pick-up-sticks, etc. But my favorite thing to do, for as long as I can remember, is read. It’s still my favorite, other than taking pictures.
- My Top 10 Favorite Childhood Toys (rochellefoulk.com)
- Rob’s Room: Favorite Toys from My Childhood (thedorkreview.blogspot.com)