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Definition:-Toys/Play

Miniature object for a child’s play, a trifle or unimportant object, a whim, small breed of dog, move or handle absent mindedly or nervously, consider casually or indecisively

If you are toying around with some ideas trying to decide what to post for #WQWWC this week, think about YOUR favorite toys – either now or when you were a child. As a child, you probably never gave the container crisis we have today a second thought. Even if there were not tons of toys in your closet already, you could make them.

The coolest toys don’t have to be bought; they can be built. In fact, sometimes the only way they’ll ever exist is if you make them yourself.

Adam Savage

Yes, I played the piano at age 3 – “Three Blind Mice” by ear. No, I did not develop into a child prodigy. My neighbor and I built mud cities in the ditch for the worms. My brother, Randy made dolls out of aluminum foil. He and I had more fun with the box that my grandmother’s dryer came in than in all of our toys. We’d hop in and try to push it over.

Other Challenges

Today, along with #WQWWC, I’m catching Photobyjohnbo‘s Cell Pic Sunday. Almost all my photos are taken with my cell phone. Sunday Stills – “Getting Cozy,” Jez’s Challenge, Fan Of. Colleen Chesebro started me writing poetry again and her book and blog can help you climb your poetree. I used my own images rather than Colleen’s for this week’s Tanka Tuesday Writing Challenge – Specific form – Tanka Prose. Ju-Lyn’s post, The Changing Seasons also works well with Writer’s Quotes this week as we think about the upcoming holidays.

My Choices for This Week

The main point for me is that toys are incredibly more important than we realized.

Brian Sutton-Smith

Some kids play with more advanced toys. I’m a fan of classical music and talented young children.

Serious Play

Most parents let you take their kids' pictures. Many times I ask them if they want to text or email themselves a copy and they do so. This little girl bit her fingers and acquiesced to the photo, but not enthusiastically. Clearly, I hadn't established enough trust to get her to smile let alone pose. 

You can't have my doll.
She didn't smile at me.
Dolls - serious work.
"We're going to the market.
She's hungry. We've got to go."

a Tanka Prose
© Marsha Ingrao 2021

Toy in the Tub

I knew I was an unwanted baby when I saw that my bath toys were a toaster and a radio.

Joan Rivers
“I feel like Joan Rivers.” Manny couldn’t even look me in the eye.

In a minute Manny felt much cozier and ready for a new adventure. His next adventure will be to go to Floride and see his friend Biasini. I’m a fan of Manny and Biasini.

Shopping for Toys

I once bought my kids a set of batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying, toys not included.

Bernard Manning

Shopping for Toys for Toys

Manny and I went shopping in the toy section at Target where we found the perfect outfit for his horseback riding trip. The outfit packaged in an open box, pictured on a girl doll. We stopped a little boy and his mom and asked them if they thought the outfit was too feminine for Manny, but they thought it would be perfect. What do you think? Vince thinks I’m nuts.

The shelves at Costco are well stocked. No shortages here.
Toys for dogs
A cat toy that is mostly unloved by our two cats.

Glimpses of Christmas Present

Yoda and Jeep,
Batman and trucks,
None of them cheap
Or run in the muck.

Excited they leap,
Even dogs are in luck
Toys they will keep
But none that go cluck.

Not a buck or a duck
A mouse fast asleep, 
Cat wonderstruck,
From the mouse not a peep.

Rhyming free verse
© Marsha Ingrao 2021

Big Boys – Big Toys

Don’t take your toys inside just because it’s raining.

Cher
Boys never grow up, their toys just get bigger.

Petite Pup – Pampered Pirate

“It’s tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won’t drink from my glass.”

Rodney Dangerfield

The standard size for a toy dog is 4-7 pounds, so this dog is probably a miniature. Clearly, he is also his mama’s toy. Like the Velveteen Rabbit, he has been much loved.

Pampered Pet “Can we go now, Mom?”

Though not a toy sized dog, this dog stole the dog show at the handicapped art festival.

“To his dog, every man is Napoleon; hence the constant popularity of dogs.”

–Aldous Huxley
How old are these kids who are playing around at the dog show?
Is this dog a toy?
Wearing his pirate outfit
He's missing a leg

Successful dog show
Voting with our hands we chose
Doing tricks or not

The pirate stole the show.

Haiku 
© Marsha Ingrao

“Don’t Toy with Me, Cat.”

Manny minding his own business on a Berkeley sidewalk.

Classical Music Often Associated with Cartoons

Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.

Queen Victoria

So, I ask Queen Victoria, “What constitutes a trifle?”

Cartoons might be considered a trifle because they entertain kids, but the classical music that played in the background of cartoons when I was young, was no trifling matter. In this video, a young child entertained adults playing classical music along with an adult orchestra.

Akim performed at the age of three and drew an enormous audience. At four in this video, he had graduated to a better violin, and was playing better than most adults who can play the violin. I think Queen Victoria would have been thrilled to hear him.

Remembering and Mourning with Toys

When we think of toys, children and happy occasions come to mind. When something happens to a young person often, the memories are sometimes honored with toys.

After the 2017 massacre on the Las Vegas Strip family, friends and strangers mourn the 58 lost with toys, flowers, pictures, and even rocks.

Now it’s your turn.

Toys come in all shapes and sizes. Playing can be funny or serious. Toys and playing are important work for children and adults. What childhood toys do you remember? How did they influence you? What toys do you buy for your children or grandchildren?

As we approach Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Boxing Day and any other holiday you celebrate this month. I hope this look at toys inspires you to think outside the box. (That was supposed to be funny.)

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91 responses to “WQWWC #51: Toys/Play”

  1. WQWWC # 55: Reflections/Memoirs – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

    […] Toys – 107 views, 40 likes, 87 comments, 9 Featured Bloggers, 5 links to other […]

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  2. Prior... Avatar

    Hi Marsha – I am almost done catching up on a few posts tonight and glad I was able to undo down with this post – the children playing such quality music was nice (and amazing)
    and like that photo of the adults with their paws turned (ha)
    very fun post
    wishing you a nice rest of your day
    ~Yvette

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Thanks, Yvette. Two of those adults were Vince and me. The other two were friends now in their 80s proving that you can stay young at heart for a very long time. 🙂

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      1. Prior... Avatar

        Hi / I knew it was you and Vince – 😉

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          being so silly! LOL!

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          1. Prior... Avatar

            Can feel the love
            🤍💚

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            🙂 Happy New Year, Yvette! 🙂 xxx

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          3. Prior... Avatar

            🙂 Happy New Year to you too – cheers to many good things in store –

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            Hi Yvette! Happy New Year to you, too. 2022 has a hopeful ring to it, doesn’t it?

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          5. Prior... Avatar

            It really does – and it is so easy to write 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I love it, Liana!

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  3. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

    Marsha, this WQWWC is fabulous! I love all the fun you’re having with photos, writing, and poetry. We start the kitchen renovation tomorrow, so it’s been a busy time. Huge hugs to you my friend. ❤

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Wow, what a busy time to be starting such a huge project. I hope you have somewhere to go to dinner on Christmas! Wasn’t it this time last year you were working frantically on your Poetry book to get it ready for publication?

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      1. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

        Last year at this time we were preparing to move to Michigan from Arizona. And the book as well! 😂🤦🏼‍♀️❤️

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          You like it busy, my friend. 🙂

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          1. Colleen M. Chesebro Avatar

            🤦🏼‍♀️😂❤️

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  4. Sunday Stills: Christmas #Song Lyric Photo Challenge – Second Wind Leisure Perspectives Avatar

    […] to make time for yourselves this holiday season, and “play” as Marsha suggests in this week’s Writers’ Quotes Wednesdays challenge. Listening to holiday music, walking outdoors, stopping to sip hot cocoa, or even playing […]

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  5. Team Up -CFFC: One Color and Weekend Coffee Share – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

    […] for upcoming topics and links to past topics. There’s still time to post your entries about Toys and Play. Be sure to read and comment on at least one or two other entries to have even more […]

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  6. […] at Always Write’s Toys/Play: delights with a series of […]

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  7. White Sands National Park – Wind Kisses Avatar

    […] Inspired by Marsha at Always Write […]

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  8. Manny’s First Challenge Post – Marsha Ingrao – Always Write Avatar

    […] pictures are for Mama Cormier’s Challenge Thursday Trios and Mom’s Challenge WQWWC #51: Toys. My poem is for Miss Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Challenge. It’s called Tanka Prose. I […]

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  9. Kirstin Avatar

    Great thoughts and Quotes Marsha! My in-laws had a tiny teacup toy poodle. He was so cute. Growing up I loved playing with Holly Hobby. I’m not sure what else, actually. I don’t have too good of a memory of my past.

    Here’s my link for the week
    https://troyerslovinglife.blogspot.com/2021/12/wqwwcdecember-1-theme-toysplay.html

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      We used to raise poodles, but ours was a miniature.

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  10. WQWWC #51 {Play} – Cath's Camera Avatar

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  11. […] pictures are for Mama Cormier’s Challenge Thursday Trios and Mom’s Challenge WQWWC #51: Toys. My poem is for Miss Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Challenge. It’s called Tanka Prose. I […]

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  12. Susan T. Braithwaite Avatar

    Manny looks adorable in his riding gear!
    My favourite toys when I was a kid were my model cars (Model Ts, Mustangs, Phantoms, and 2CVs etc.) and a doll’s house I made out of my bookshelves. The bottom three shelves were the garage to house ALL the motors. Happy times.

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  13. Photos by Jez Avatar

    Wonderful post, Marsha 👏 Manny looks well kitted out for his meeting with Biasini; you would only be nuts if you had got Manny a clown outfit fot the outing 🤣

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Hahaha, now that would be scary, wouldn’t it?

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  14. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

    omg these kids are amazing Marsha!~!!
    I so love your poems too!!!! Really fun. The stuffed animals are adorable and right on point for the holidays! 💖💖💖

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      I know! Lady Lee had another adorable pianist on her blog this morning. You should give her a listen, too if you love child prodigies. https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2021/12/02/toys-play-quotes/

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      1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

        I just did and followed her.. thanks.. such a fun post and yes.. wow awesome, thanks my dear!💖💖

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          Oh, you are so welcome. She’s a love, too. 🙂 And she writes poetry for every post. 🙂

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          1. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            Oh how wonderful.. thanks for the intro!! 💖💖

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Whew! I did 30 minutes of the video today. Yesterday I got to 20. So I’m getting stronger each day. My knee feels totally normal now. Yeah! I LOVE this video! 🙂

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          3. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            Oh this is such great news!!!! I’m
            So impressed!!! And so happy you like it!!!💕🙏🙏🙏

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            My goal is to get through the entire video by next week. Surgery today, so today is out, but by tomorrow, I’ll start in again. 🙂 Baby steps. Balance is interesting, isn’t it?

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          5. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            Great Goal!!!
            Oh my how are to doing tonight Marsha? I’m sooo glad you are moving forward and taking the baby steps needed.. it’s all crazy I get it!! 💖

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          6. Marsha Avatar

            I slept all day yesterday. They gave me a stronger anesthesia. I’m still moving slowly today. I’ll go back to baby steps after my coffee.

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          7. Cindy Georgakas Avatar

            oh good!!!! take good care. 💖

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          8. Marsha Avatar

            Thanks, Cindy.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      So adorable! I love this post. 🙂

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  15. Ju-Lyn Avatar

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this post, Marsha. I smiled broadly, felt sad & wistful, and cheered; not a bad way to start my day at all!

    Loved your poems – such a variety and fun! Manny is adorable – appreciate the peek into his day.
    The Pirate Doggie is so cute – it took me a while to unpack whether he was a live doggie, or a stuffed toy; his costume is very deceptive!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Hi again, Ju-Lyn. Yes, Pirate doggie was very real and very old. I imagine the owner carried him a lot since he was both blind and missing a front leg. She turned his handicaps into something adorable.

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      1. Ju-Lyn Avatar

        Ah! a pirate in more ways than one!

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  16. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

    First I have to weigh in that play is indeed play and considered unobligated time. The minute it is obligated and it ceases to be fun, it becomes work! I have proof, LOL! And maybe everything is play! Some day those cute little music prodigies will resent their instruments and their parents, when they couldn’t just go out and play and be a kid.

    Marsha, this is such a fun, playful post, first with your wonderful and laugh-out-loud poetry and secondly with the great kid and toy shots and those of Manny the Bear! Who doesn’t love toys at any age, of any style? My new toy today is a brand, new cyber Monday purchase…a 32-inch monitor for my PC! LOVE! My internet is still slow so I’m done for the day! You’ve given me good ideas on how I can spin your challenge to my song-lyric photo challenge this Sunday!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Song lyric Sunday. Oh what fun. Some of the other posts on WQWWC have included songs that are adorable. If you get a minute and your internet is working, you should give them a listen.

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      1. Terri Webster Schrandt Avatar

        I will try with my phone, Marsha! “Oh what fun it is to ride…” thanks for that ear worm 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          That’s a new one for me! Ear worm. LOL You are welcome.

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  17. Jim Borden Avatar

    for me as a child, a ball of any type was my favorite toy – baseball, football, basketball, superball, etc…

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You really got a round, Jim! (that’s a bad joke)

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      1. Jim Borden Avatar

        my kind of joke 🙂

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  18. Wind Kisses Avatar

    Fun! And ah yes…boys and their toys. This could go a a million ways.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      hahaha! Especially if your toy is a jet!

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  19. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

    Toys sure do come in all shapes and sizes —- and vary with age. I had to laugh at the airplane being an adult toy. Then again, that’s what it is! Meanwhile, this is a topic I haven’t done as a beach walk.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Here’s your chance, Frank. I thought about you as I wrote it and how you incorporate every possible meaning and nuance into your posts.

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      1. Frank @ Beach Walk Reflections Avatar

        Problem …. I’m not at the beach … The place where I get my mojo

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I miss the beach soooooo much. We are going in January.

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          1. Marsha Avatar

            Yeah! 🙂

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  20. the eternal traveller Avatar

    For me, a trifle is a delicious dessert made with cake, jelly and custard liberally splashed with sherry. 🙂

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      WOW! Is it a toy when you eat it??? I’m not sure Justin Beaver would appreciate that definition of toy! hahaha

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  21. restlessjo Avatar

    I’m a fan of Manny.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      LOL! Me too!

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      1. restlessjo Avatar

        🤣🐻💕

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  22. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

    These children are just amazing! Mind blowing!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Aren’t they? I looked for music that would go with toys, and ended up spending hours browsing through a ton of talent children artists. Which one did you like best?

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      1. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

        I loved them all! But the first 3 year old playing the piano was just amazing!

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          I know. When I was about 20 my mother told me I couldn’t play very well because my fingers were too SHORT! She was making excuses for me! Lady Lee found a talented five-year-old that will also knock your socks off. https://ladyleemanilablog.wordpress.com/2021/12/02/toys-play-quotes/

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          1. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

            Thanks, I will have a look. 😊

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          2. Marsha Avatar

            Tell me if you love it!

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          3. Aletta - nowathome Avatar

            I absolutely loved it! It is just so amazing to see her play!! Thanks for sharing!

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          4. Marsha Avatar

            Thanks, Aletta. It’s always a pleasure. 🙂

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  23. utesmile Avatar

    I love Manny’s outfit, he looks perfect; Vince might be right, you are crazy but a wonderful crazy, I love it. As we love Manny so much we are allowed to be crazy!

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      You are so much fun, Ute. You were right there in the thick of things when the fun with Manny started. I think we had as much fun as if we had traveled ourselves! The whole idea was so crazy. Have you heard from Ralph? I’ve lost touch since he hasn’t been able to blog. I hope you are well and are planning a wonderful Christmas. 🙂 Lots of love, Marsha and Manny

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      1. utesmile Avatar

        Thanks MArsha. Ralph, does not blog anymore and I only hear from his wife- through her blog that they are ok. His shaking hands don’t allow it. So glad he has his wife who is a gem and look after him and the cats. Here is her blog, she does not blog often as she started other platforms, I don’t do. Have a look: https://catladynatascha.com/about-me/

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  24. ladysighs Avatar

    Those musical kids are amazing.
    I took piano and violin lessons for years. About the only thing I came away with is an appreciation of the opportunities my parents gave me.

    I still remember a Christmas when my sister and I got dolls. Her doll had ‘real’ hair. Mine was bald. lol

    https://ladysighs.wordpress.com/2021/12/01/toys/

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      My mother was a piano teacher. I’m sure she expected that I would be a prodigy, but it didn’t happen. Her other students did much better than I did. I had years in choirs, too. Thanks for joining in this week. 🙂

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  26. photobyjohnbo Avatar

    Your post reminded me of that often-quoted saying, “Play is the work of children”, obviously, it stands to reason that toys are the tools of that work.

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    1. Marsha Avatar

      Yes, indeed. And there is a wide range of what constitutes a toy! However, when you think about adults playing, and they do. Is that work? I tend to think that sometimes it is also work. Consider someone with a model train hobby. How many hours of fiddling and construction does he or she do? A gardener? Same thing – hours spent studying, planting, weeding, harvesting, marketing, photography even. So maybe everything is work, my friend! LOL!

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      1. photobyjohnbo Avatar

        That is a hard position to argue with. 🙂

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        1. Marsha Avatar

          No argument there! 🙂

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