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Writer's Block: Toy box travesties

What childhood toy did you desperately want that your parents refused to give you? Do you still think about getting one?

I wanted a Big Wheel and never got one! I don't think I'd fit on it these days. Or...maybe I would.


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Jun. 25th, 2011 09:54 am (UTC)
I wanted a trampoline.
Jun. 25th, 2011 09:59 am (UTC)
A trampoline would be fun! It would mean two black eyes for me unless I girded myself in a sports bra, though ;-)
Jun. 25th, 2011 10:00 am (UTC)
lol not something I want anymore. I can only imagine the injuries I'd receive.
Jun. 25th, 2011 10:05 am (UTC)
I'm so glad I was a child back in the days before dork helmets were mandated . . .
Jun. 25th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
I was thinking the same thing! As I was looking for Big Wheel images, I saw all the modern ones had kids wearing helmets, and I thought, "Really? For a Big Wheel?"
Jun. 25th, 2011 10:38 am (UTC)
A Big Wheel just would not have worked on our gravel driveway out in the middle of nowhere. :)
Jun. 25th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
Maybe the gravel would have shot in interesting directions.
Jun. 25th, 2011 12:45 pm (UTC)
Most likely I would've injured myself. Again. :)
Jun. 25th, 2011 12:48 pm (UTC)
I didn't need props to hurt myself as a child. I had a bad fall on a wet sidewalk and another bad fall down a flight of attic stairs.
Jun. 25th, 2011 12:49 pm (UTC)
OMG and another bad fall where I fell right on a broken sapling tree with MY THROAT. Just remembered that. I don't know how I'm alive right now.
Jun. 25th, 2011 11:00 am (UTC)
I know it's not a toy, but I always wanted a horse. Of course, I was only about 10 and had no idea how too look after one, what to feed one, where to keep it etc. I guess, deep down, I knew I'd never get one. It was fun asking for one, though.

Now? No way. Last thing I want. Way too much work... :D
Jun. 25th, 2011 12:43 pm (UTC)
In a couple of hours I'm going to go hang out with my friend who has a horse. Her entire life revolves around caring for it, as well as working at the stable in her free time to help pay for his lodging. She loves him, and it's worth it to her, but man. It's a LOT of work.
Jun. 25th, 2011 11:09 am (UTC)
I always wanted an etch-a-sketch. I'm not sure they refused to get it for me, maybe I never even asked, but there was one in the toy box at my grandparents' place and I loved it. This year my friend Michelle sent me an etch-a-sketch for my birthday. :-) She remembered me saying I always wanted one. She's amazing that way.
Jun. 25th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
AW! I can't imagine not having an Etch-a-Sketch! I was telling my chiropractor about how e-ink technology is a lot like Etch-a-Sketch, and he launched into a huge story about how he stepped on his and shattered it and cut his foot because he was jumping on the bed.

I also wanted Sit-n-Spin
Jun. 25th, 2011 08:39 pm (UTC)
I always wanted an E-Z Bake Oven or the Snoopy Snow Cone Maker. But I was diagnosed with diabetes when I was three, and my parents wouldn't budge. I understand why they did it, but in the mind of a seven year old, nothing could possibly be better than mushy brownies baked under a light bulb or shaved iced mixed with food colouring and sugar.

Oh - and a Slip-N-Slide. But I grew up in NYC, and a Slip-N-Slide and concrete - Not such a good idea.
Jun. 25th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
I must have had an E-Z Bake. I remember running out of the little cake mixes and making "my own" which must have just been flour and water paste. (Yuuuum.)

Doesn't Slip-N-Slide seem like an invitation for a broken leg or a knocked out tooth? Maybe when you're little you don't fall as far.
Jun. 25th, 2011 10:31 pm (UTC)
I do wonder who the hell in development could have thought that a Slip-N-Slide was a good idea. I think of it now and grimace at the thought of scraped arms, legs, etc. And how did anyone run and land on that thing without having the wind knocked out of them. But then again, this was the 70s - Bike helmets, we don't need no stinkin' bike helmets. While my parents never caved and got me a EZ Bake Oven, I do remember running pretty much wild in the streets.

And funnily enough, I can't remember what I had for lunch today, but that damned jingle from the Slip-N-Slide commercial. Yep. THAT I can still hear plain as day, over and over, in my head. "You put it on your lawn and you turn the water on and then you runrunrun and you're sliding on your tum! Slllllli-PP! SLIP AND SLIDE!!!" **headdesk**
Jun. 26th, 2011 08:10 am (UTC)
I don't remember the song...so I had to go look.
Jun. 25th, 2011 11:26 pm (UTC)
My kids had a slip 'n' slide type of item. They would have the slide (slippery dip) then the 'slip and slide' and then at the end the small blow up wading pool all in a line and just do the loop for ages. They'd also use dish washing liquid on the slide and 'slip and slide' to make everything slipperier.

It kept them entertained for ages and the grass around these items grew better than any other grass in the garden.
Jun. 26th, 2011 08:11 am (UTC)
They greased it with dish soap. Eeep.
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