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Connecting Children to the Past

Have you ever mentioned a game or show that you enjoyed from the last ten or fifteen years ago to your children?

The blank stares and mild confusion is a sight to see. There’s no better reminder than this that you’re getting older.

So, the other day I told my children that I used to listen to cassette tapes as a teenager. The conversation that ensued made all of us laugh. It was as if I was speaking a strange language to them, by the way they were reacting.

This reminded me of the other things that are quite much to look into; those games weren’t even old, but my children would consider them ancient.

When we watched an older movie from the early 90s, my children laughed to see the funny clothing and even funnier hairstyles. When car and cell phones made their appearances in these movies, the children couldn’t believe the size of them.

They kept rewinding to the parts of the movie that made them laugh, and then they imitated the scene. I ended up laughing with them to see how far technology has taken us.

Lucky for them, I managed to save some of my toys from my childhood. I thought they would also make fun of these toys, but they didn’t.

 

Instead, my children loved the toys so much they asked if they could clean them up and keep them with their regular toys.

An hour and much splashing later, the toys looked almost brand new. I was pleased that I had taken the time to care for the toys the way I did.

This goes to show that no matter their age, toys have the ability to transcend time. It made me happy to know that my children were enjoying the toys I spent my younger years playing with.

The next time our family had our usual movie night the kids didn’t mind watching an older movie. They made sure to make themselves as comfortable as possible while spreading all the toys around them.

Once the movie was over they asked questions about my childhood. It was a great time of bonding with them, especially as I realized how quickly children outgrow their childhoods.

I can’t wait to show my children more fun things from my past; they haven’t seen anything yet. I’ve accepted that I’m no longer young like I once was, but at least my toys are living on through my children.