Surfer Guy and I are a little late to the Oscar party. We saw a couple of Oscar nominated movies over Christmas (The King’s Speech and The Social Network) but missed others. We’re trying to catch up on some that looked intriguing to us and on Sunday we watched Toy Story 3. (OT, how much I love the Amazon movie d/load service. We have a computer hooked up to our big screen TV and in moments are watching!)
I confess I’m not drawn to animated-type films, though I’ve watched a lot of them over the years as a mom. I remember enjoying the original Toy Story, but can’t recall if I saw the second. However, the third installment is delightful! I cried buckets at the end. In this movie, for those who don’t know, Andy is getting ready to go off to college and his beloved toys are uncertain of their future. An unexpected adventure ensues when they are mistakenly taken to a daycare. It was so clever and I loved seeing all the old toys that the daycare kids play with (especially the old Fisher Price rolling phone–I remember babysitting kids with one of those).
My sons saw the movie when it first came out, but after we watched it, Surfer Guy and I asked them which of their toys they wanted to make sure we never threw away. I thought they might shrug the whole idea off, but they were both adamant about not wanting to let go of =any= of them. Of course I immediately thought (with guilt) of all the toys we’ve already passed on. We have some precious stuffed animals, though, their favorite picture books, and pounds and pounds of Legos. Clearly, those are staying.
From my own past, I’m thinking of favorite toys. My mom has a lot of my dolls and doll clothes still, which did not get used again since I only have boys. Maybe granddaughters will enjoy them some day. I know my mom gave away this adorable doll bunkbed that I still think about with pain.
What about you? What toys did you keep or will you keep for your children? Any special books? (We didn’t buy a lot of books when I was a kid but I have Eight Cousins and Rose in Bloom by Louisa May Alcott that I bought at a library sale as a child that are precious to me and I think were one of my first tastes of romance.)