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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My favorite thing as a child was books. But I did have a favorite toy. It was a doll’s house.
The doll house was made by my father and had many rooms. It had two stories and had stairs with the bedrooms and bathroom upstairs and the living room and dining room and kitchen downstairs. I had plastic furniture for the doll house for all the rooms and would play arranging the furniture in all the rooms for hours. I also had little dolls that represented the mother, father, and little boy and little girl who lived in the doll house. I would play with them and play out scenarios for hours with the doll house.
But my favorite thing in my childhood was books. Books of all sorts. Comic books, little Golden books, story books. Any kind of books. I adored books. I was happiest as a small child when someone was reading to me and happiest as an older child when I was reading. My mother subscribed to a book of the month club that sent a book about the lives of the saints and I devoured those books when they arrived. My favorite book was an All About Archaeology book that I received for Christmas when I was 10 years old. I still have this book. It changed my life and gave me a direction for my life. I have been an avid reader all my life.
So I have two favorite things from my childhood. One is a toy and the other is books. I can’t talk about just the one. The other is an important pastime as well. Books aren’t toys but they were an important part of my leisure time as a child. Toys and Books. They went hand in hand.