What was your favorite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now, and your favorite childhood toy?
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I’ve already done one piece of fictional writing from a prompt this week so I won’t do another one. But I came across this story: Dad, Me, And A Toy Jeep |The Jittery Goat Blog. So I thought I would have to tell you the story of my talking pony toy.
I’m a Happy Little Pony
I think I was about two years old when I lost it on the bus. I don’t remember where I got it from, who gave it to me, or even when I got it. But I loved that pony. When you squeezed it, it used to say things like: “I’m a happy little pony!” and “I love kids.”
I kept the toy carrot that I used to pretend to feed it with for a while. But eventually it got lost, or thrown away with all of the other old or broken toys.
It’s strange that I missed something that eventually I couldn’t even tell you what it looked like. My aunty bought me a toy pony, I think to make up for it. But it didn’t do anything so I wasn’t very interested in it. I think it’s up in the loft with the other teddies I can’t bring myself to throw away.
I have a strange attachment to my teddies. Every so often I’d look online, searching eBay and retro toy websites. But I couldn’t find that pony. I always imagine that some nasty kid found it and kept it.
On my 16th birthday I unwrapped that best present ever. A hug ‘n’ talk pony. It wasn’t my pony. But it was the same kind. Finally I could look at the toy I had treasured as a child. It had a cute little bib and a nappy. it also kind of looks like Miss Piggy. Why do children always get attached to funny-looking toys.
I’m so glad I have my pony. But it makes me think, if I’d have never lost it in the first place would I have eventually just got bored with it and thrown or given it away? Am I so attached to my teddies now because of the one I loved and lost?
edit – Some related posts I enjoyed
Children’s toys do always end up being floppy… – A Floppy-Necked Giraffe |On Gorgeousness
Put a cat in a picture, it just makes it so much better… – By A Show Of Hands, Who Played With Barbies… That Still Had Their Heads? |Molly Greye
This post may explain my love of teddies… – Bears, Teddy and Otherwise |The Silver Leaf Journal
I never wanted to look like Barbie either… – more like wannabarbie |wannabepoet
How a toy Typewriter created a writer… – Toys in the Attic |A Good One
I thought I was bad cutting Barbie’s hair and colouring it in with felt tips… – Toy Story: As told by the girl who destroyed all her toys… |Testing the Strength I Have