This post is part of a weekly series of ‘link-up’ Posts which reflect on life’s journey, old memories and family stories (see below for more info).
Having humiliated myself painfully last week with the Girl Guide uniform incident, I thought a little decorum was in order this time around.
There was a time when my bedroom was a mecca to soft toys and dolls. Today I am reviving a few of them. Some, in person, since they still sit (largely eyeless and semi-stuffed) in a box in my spare room all these years later. Some, in memory only, since they failed to survive the endless house moves and growing up over the decades.
Some of these toys bear evidence of the affection which I felt for them in the form of scarred faces and missing eyes. The endless hugging and dragging must have taken its toll. Others, like Woody and Buzz, have gone to better homes, to a new sanctuary who will love them until their faces fall off.
I am sure you will remember Sweep, Basil Brush and Paddington Bear well enough. Cabbage Patch dolls were not allowed to darken our doorstep. “Vile things, ” I am pretty sure my Mother would have said (only based on the logic that it’s what I would say now if my child wanted one). The others are my own little chaps.
Most controversially of all, perhaps, I have included Old Golly. He was a pal for many years, a sign of more innocent times perhaps, or ignorant times? I loved him like all the others, and since he forms an integral part of my childhood memories, he must be commemorated on these pages alongside his contemporaries.
Call me a sentimental old boot, but I can’t see myself ever disposing of these fellas. They aren’t particularly soft and were never all that cuddly, but they were our companions through the adventurous and heady years of childhood, and therefore, in my opinion, worthy of a photo shoot all of their very own, and a place in my heart forever.
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Other posts in this series:-
Week 1 – My earliest baby photo
Week 2 – Old School Portrait
Week 3 – Earliest Writings
Week 4 – Bestest Friends
Week 5 – Teenage Crushes
Week 6 – First Movie Memories
Week 7 – The Song You Snogged Your Hand To
Week 8 – Homage to Grandparents
Week 10 – Tying the Knot (again)
Week 11 – Blue: Girl Guide Uniform Shambles