Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Toy

Woody: Look, we're all very impressed with Andy's new toy.
Buzz: Toy?
Woody: T-O-Y, toy.
Buzz: Excuse me, I think the word you're searching for is "space ranger".
Woody: The word I'm searching for, I can't say, because there's preschool toys present.

What is a toy? One definition I found was "plaything: an artifact designed to be played with". To this, I am content to say, I am happy to live the life of a toy.

My toy persona changes daily. Some days I am a professional wrestler as the boys leap from the couches, as if it were the top rope, knocking me senseless. Others I am a great adventurer leading them through the dark shadows of the basement. And still others, I am just the jungle gym. My arms, ropes they scale to reach my highest peak.

Just the other day, I was a ninja. We chopped and kicked, wrapped in our dark pajamas. We made throwing stars out of duct tape and knocked down cup targets scattered about the room that represented hordes of attacking Huns. No eyes got put out this time around, but then again we have not made our swords yet.

The greatest fret of a toy is that someday they will be replaced by the newest plastic polymer space ranger, at least that is what Woody tells me. I know that one day, my boys will grow up, they will fall in love and it will be time to cleave from their parents. Such a messy sounding word, to cleave.

Hopefully these times we have shared let them know they can always return to talk or play and the importance of playing with their own children. Until then, I am happy to play and be a toy.

32 comments:

tony said...

To infinity, and beyond!

Leah said...

That's lovely!

Ronda Laveen said...

And you are the best toy your kids will EVER have. Good job! (sound of 2 hands clapping)

Candie Bracci said...

Nicely said and yes it reminds us the importance of playing with our children.

Daniel said...

Rock on dude.

willow said...

It sounds like you're a great dad!

My daughter dated a guy once, who looked exactly like Buzz Lightyear.

JGH said...

You bring back memories of when my kids were little and I used to BE a toy. A slide, a ride, a swinger, a glider, etc... I miss those days!

Dakota Bear said...

What a wonderful toy you are. Keep it up because those days will always be remembered by you and them.

Brian Miller said...

lol...a guy that looked like buzz lightyear...any flashing lights on him?

these are fun days that we both will cherish.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

love this notion of a 'toy persona' and that it's constantly changing....i expect you are a fantastical dad and life partner!!

keep on playing!!

mary said...

I'm not sure how you fond me - but welcome and thanks for stopping by......and "ditto" I love it when Craig Ferguson starts his show with

"I got nothin"

mary said...

FOUND ME haha my U is on strike

R.L. Bourges said...

best to the little ninjas and their parents.

Avid Reader said...

your very interesting post has got me thinking what kind of toy I'd like to be. wonder woman doll maybe... a little adventure.

runmotman said...

i'm not sure at what age the kids decided it wasn't cool to play with dad anymore...oh well, i'm too tired to play anyway. Give me a couple years to rest up and get ready for the grandkids.

VE said...

Little kids are a kick. I was just over at a friends house and his 3 and 4 year olds were a crack up. He had these little LED flashlights and I told them they were light sabers and we had a duel. Things come so simple for them...

Marianna said...

Creative post award for today!

take care
peace and love
xoxo

jake (to the) holla said...

ooOoooOOooo.... the claaaaaaaawwwww

Cinnamon said...

A good take on the theme- sounds like you are a great toy, one they will remember forever.

And Toy Story...what a great film!

dp said...

the clawww... my dad used to do that... good memories. Sad to hear you'd left man, best of luck to you.

Brian Miller said...

the claw...still strikes fear into the heart!

Colette Amelia said...

lucky kids! great dad! great post!

tut-tut said...

Nice; I hope you publish this beyond your blog . . .

subtorp77 said...

Fantastic opening, Brian. Boy, you guys really know how to play! This is such a good thing.

Cuppa Jo said...

If I kept you in your original packaging, could I sell you on eBay?

Anonymous said...

I envy. I'm proud of you though.

-DF

Kim said...

Brian, Toy Story has always been a favorite of mine! It is amazing how kids imagination can turn the most simplist of things into something crazy!

Lizzy Frizzfrock said...

Brian, what a nice post. I could just see you as the jungle gym or the ninja. It is so wonderful that you take the time to play with your boys. You didn't mention reading to them, but that is an important aspect as well. Read, play, have fun and I know your boys will grow up to be wonderful spouses and parents. It's nice to meet you.
Cheryl

Mrsupole said...

To be a "toy" for your kids, I can think of nothing better. Just think of the stories they will tell when they grow up. I kinda think that you know the joy and happiness that you bring them.

I wonder if you are printing copies of your blogsite on disc's so when your kids grow up they will also have this memory of you. This will be such a great toy for them to have. To have their father's thoughts about being a toy for them would be priceless.

Thanks for visiting my site and the great comment. The crash was big, he rode it down a hill and crashed into a car. He was okay, no broken bones or anything. I still love him. I wonder what happened to that car. Guess I will never know.

Dot-Com said...

Only the imagination sets a limit :-)

Brian Miller said...

Thanks for all the comments! and great posts by all the Theme Thursday group! Had as much fun reading as I did writing!

Oliag said...

This was a wonderful - tear producing- post...what a wonderful dad you must be - and if that is true you will always be the best of all the toys (especially if paying the bills!LOL)