What’s old is new again.
Remember Care Bears? My sisters and I sure do. I imagine we are dating ourselves by admitting that, but we loved them. Care Bears, along with Strawberry Shortcake, Cabbage Patch Dolls, the Smurfs and various other smelly and sherbert colored toys were among our favorites. Well, last weekend as I was visiting the family my devious father pulled out a HUGE bin of old and left behind stuffed animals and toys. His motivation, clean out at least a small portion of his attic. My goal, that NONE of it come home in my car to our already over stuffed playroom. Guess who won? Of course it was good old Dad.
My two darling sweeties squealed with delight as he approached, unbeknown to me, with my sisters old Care Bears. Years of love, and decades of attic dust (yuck), adorned these adorable and all but forgotten lovies. “What are their names, Mommy?” I was completely blank. I had no idea. Thank goodness for the internet. That along with a few back and forth “Trivia of the day” text messages, the Live Pretty ladies figured it out. Immediately after that I got those pastel bears into the washing machine on HOT.
The Blue one with the grey clouds on her belly is, of course, Grumpy. Not an acceptable name according to my girls, and certainly not a very politically correct one in their world of rainbows and princess fairies. As you can probably guess by now, we have a lot of pink in our house. So, they are going with “Blue Heart” for her. The other, a yellow bear with two cheery smiling sunflowers on her tummy was apparently named “Funshine Bear”. Of course it was.
Whatever their names, their reappearance in our lives has brought back a flood of memories of the things we grown ups loved as kiddies. How quickly we let them fade out of our lives, and how delightful it is to play with them all over again with my children. Old toys full of memories of my childhood rock. What’s your favorite childhood toy?