Daily Prompt: Toy Story

What was your favorite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now, and your favorite childhood toy?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us MEMENTO.

My favorite toy was a cloth doll that sorta looked like Holly Hobby but wasn’t.  Maybe it was some kind of knock-off doll with yellow yarn hair and big stitched eyes.  It wore a pinafore and it kept me company during many of the asthma attacks that plagued me when I was hitting my teens, when I learned that monsters weren’t just from old tales and books, but from the very people you were supposed to trust.

There was never a Christmas worth remembering that did not end up with me having to sleep sitting up because I just couldn’t breathe lying down – and always I was alone because everyone was out celebrating.  But I was content as long as I had my books and that doll with me to keep me company.  And because it was soft, I could sleep with her next to me, unlike the vinyl skin dolls that looked pretty but weren’t meant to be left next to you – unless you wanted it to poke your eye out with its stiff arms.

I still find myself looking through Etsy or eBay just in case I’d spot it again, just as I’d found an old Raggedy Ann & Andy radio that was stolen when I was around that age as well.  I’m sure that if I do come across it, I’d probably think of buying it – only to close the window on my screen because just like chapters in a book, I need to move away from that part of my life and move on.


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18 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Toy Story

  1. Firstly, I’m gutted to have grown up and look nothing like Barbie 😦
    I actually read a post a few days back on how toys used to be so much cooler back in the day and the writer was focusing on Rainbow Bright, Care Bears and My Little Pony, all before they got those terrible makeovers. That really brought back very fond memories.

    1. Not to worry. I look nothing like Barbie either, not even Ken.

      I love browsing through Etsy looking at the vintage toys. Brings back memories of the toys I never had, but always pointed out to my mom whenever someone would bring home the Sears catalog. I remember wanting the Luke Skywalker’s hovercraft so badly, and of course, Princess Leia with her donut bun hair. And when I went to my friend’s house and she had Princess Leia, I was so stoked and then horrified when she proceeded to undo the buns and dunk the poor princess into the tub. I also remember wanting a Brooke Shields doll once, too.

      I look nothing like her either.

      1. I’m horrified how ruthless I was to my poor Barbies. and Ken even got his legs torn off. Swiping a dolls eyes with nail varnish remover it also a bad idea, but that’s a lesson I have carried through into my adulthood. Eyes and nail varnish remover do not go well together 😉
        I didn’t even know Brooke Shields had a doll, don’t think it was popular in Europe. I’ll go google it, but is it wrong of me to hope it has proper plastic hair bushy eyebrows 😉

      2. Oh yes it had the eyebrows!

        I never owned a Barbie when I was little. I did buy them when I was older, but then checked them out for a few days and then sent them as gifts to anyone who wanted them back home. But I could never muss up their hair and all that. The ghost of that poor Princes Leia doll was ever watchful.

      3. Oh wow, that’s really eerily like her! People do such amazing things, especially seeing with what the artist started out with. If I were Brooke, I’d buy it just so I could stare at my Babrie-fied self 😉

  2. I had to think about it for a while because my childhood was filled with my brother being sick and me being shoved aside…oh yeah…that’s still happening and my brother is 61 is fine, lives in Idaho, and my mother now lives with me. Anyway, it was a stuffed felt monkey my Aunt Shirley made me when she took care of me when I was 5. He had buttons on his hips and shoulders so they could rotate. She made every one of her 6 children and me (her pretend 7th) one. Guess what….I’m 58. I STILL HAVE IT.

    1. So sorry to hear you were shoved aside when you were little 😦 I wasn’t exactly mom’s favorite – even though I was the only girl, so it is kinda the same. Plus I got compared a lot, which isn’t cool. Which is probably why I enjoyed the company of my cloth doll although there was one that had a vinyl face but everything else was cloth and she had the longest legs.

      Hooray for your Aunt Shirley! That’s one special monkey! I often think of sewing my own doll one of these days, just to do it.

  3. My Grandfather made me my favorite doll 🙂 I had other more ‘posh’ dolls but my Mom played with them 😉 I preferred playing with my brothers and their cars.

    1. So cool that your mother played with the posh dolls! Someone just gifted me with a mini-Thorin so I guess that counts as a doll in a sense and though my 3-1/2 year old wants so much to take little Thorin out of the box, he’s mine 🙂

      I, too, preferred to play with my brother’s toys, especially my older brother who had the coolest toys and when he went off to college, we just about obliterated every single one 😦

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