All I can think about right now is the end of the iconic Toys’r Us and Babies ‘r us. Marking another end of what was my childhood. A staple for when I was a kid. Now we didn’t go often but I wanted to go all the time! I have fond memories of wanting an etch a sketch animator and made my dad go with me every week to check if they finally had one in stock. Then one day miraculously it was there only to make it to the bottom of a pile of crap that I didn’t want to play with anymore because it may have been just the thrill of getting it at that point. Who knows but I’ll tell you that thing was not what it was all worked up to be, but I wanted it and it was a mission I won! And only toys r us would carry such a thing. Back then we didn’t have the big box killer stores which I happen to love some of them, but we only had local stores and Toys ‘r us in the 80’s.
There are just a scattering of places and stories I remember vividly from that time in my life but that was one of them. Being a Jewish girl growing up they had the big toy book that I loved to look through and find deals that my mom was soooo not venturing out to get me but it was the best and happiest magazine of the year! All I had to learn was which toy I could cover at that time of year.
There are so many ends of childhood things and with this it is also a place that reminds me of new beginnings for so many people. I registered there. So many of my friends registered there. I could spend a lot of money on a lot of crap to shower my friends new babes and mine. Sad to see things change and quick. I was prepared for some to be closing but not all of them! Oh my childhood! Where will my kids go to covet toys? In the same place we buy diapers and iPhones? The local target or my boyfriend amazon? I guess so. So modern. Too modern. I want my kids to grow up with a happy place that’s all about them. So many are disappearing. Even the small amusement parks are gone being replaced by a giant Costco (another love of mine). Ugh! I guess I will have to find new places. More things to seek out while figuring out this momming and adulting. I’ll make it happen. Where are you going to go?
Jenifer Roth is a full time super woman...in her mind! Well she is good at being ok at the all the roles she takes on. Enjoy the ride!