Written on January 06th, 2007 by Shawn Anthony
A child’s toybox is a treasure trove chock-full of popular bounty that is as good as any adult currency in the hands of a frugal child: G.I. Joe, Lego, Transformers, Barbie, Polly Pocket, Dollhouse Stuff and a wheel barrel’s load worth of LifeStyle Designer Kitchen Accessories fill the top of most boxes. A toybox is also a dump for odd artifacts whose worth is wholly unrecognized by outsiders: handfuls upon handfuls of estranged pieces of rubber, chunks of plastic, bits of paper and an array of strings loosely line the bottom of most boxes too. Toys and toyboxes are also incredibly rich resources for those parents interested in building strong memories and meaningful traditions. Toyboxes are often ignored, unfortunately. Do take some time and look for those special items with which your own child or children may be playing. Preserve them, for the sake of your children. There may even be occasions wherein a parent can actually introduce a toy as an unforgettable life-artifact of a child. An example: A stuffed bear was given to each of my children by my wife and me on the day they were born (much the same as one was given to me when I was born). These three little bears are so much more than toys today. They are life-artifacts, stuffed celebrants of very special occasions of the most meaningful sort. Parents can and should be proactive in this area. Mark special moments in a child’s life with a toy they can and will cherish forever.