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The Toy Troubles

During nap time yesterday, in between moving laundry and unloading and loading the dishwasher, I engaged in the great toy round up. I collected all the toys that had been carried to the far reaches of the house and returned them to their brethren in the play room. I put all the toys in their containers and found the playroom floor again (they had been left alone to play a few too many times and chaos was reigning). I packed up a Sterilite of toys to be taken out of circulation. Now, before you start bringing up Toy Story to me and telling me they will get lonely in there, I will remind you of the short that goes with that: Tin Toy and all the toys hiding in fear of the baby under the couch. Sometimes they just need a break. And more practically, the toys are so much more exciting and new when they haven’t seen them in a while.

I put up all the blocks. We have a bag full of megablocks (lego type for little ones) and a bag of more traditional wooden blocks, only made out of foam. They hadn’t actually been building anything with them, just dumping them out and spreading them all over the floor. What amazed me about that was how hard it was to get the blocks back in the bag they came in. It’s not like we had acquired more long the way, and yet… In compensation, I got out the puzzles. Trading one set of toys that require keeping all the little pieces together for another. I also retired some toys that were broken.

And just when I felt good about the toy situation and felt I had regained control of my house from the invading army, Grandma came in the door with more! Oy!


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Oct. 7th, 2009 02:00 pm (UTC)
I still have trouble with not mentally giving life to inanimate objects (not just toys -- I do that with my car, too). Even now, I'll worry about hurting my stuffed animals' feelings, and I have to remind myself that I'm an adult and I know by now that they do not come to life. I have this dreadful suspicion that I'll always have to remind myself... :)

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