Thursday, October 12, 2006

The good old days

Yesterday, I went to Wal-Mart to buy a bouncy ball for the dogs. I accidentally left all theirs at my Aunt's this weekend and they were getting a little ansty. (That was unintentional.) Wal-Mart usually has these great balls in the toy section. Very bouncy, durable (even under Monty's chewing), colourful and sometimes they flash! All for under $2. I walked up and down the toy aisles and there was nothing. They had some balls that were Disney and sang when you threw them and there were balls on yo-yo strings, but no regular balls.

Are kids seriously so jaded that balls aren't fun anymore??? You can't throw something unless it has a string to make it come back to you? (No wonder kids these days are so fat!!) How is that possible?

I checked two other stores. No bouncy balls. Nothing. No toys at all that don't do something. Heaven forbid, that a toy might possibly require children to have imagination of any kind. It is a sad, sad world when a piece of string and a tin can can't entertain a child anymore.


  1. So true, I often played in the sand pile with a stick and some leaves...that's more that there were four kids in the family and a mediocre one income..but kids will be getting sticks and leaves as gifts!

  2. Just think of all the things you can do with a tin can and some string...some of which don't even involve violence! However, I'm not going to start any nostalgic ramblings about how I enjoyed the simple things during my childhood, because I think I'm too young at this point to sound that ancient. i.e. I remember back in my day, we had to walk ten miles to school, through three feet of snow, uphill both ways, over that bridge with the troll under it, and then there was the time they put up barbed wire, oh, and there were the rabid platypi, and then there was that tornad...what was I talking about?


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