“The other day, my son introduced me to a new series on Netflix called Toys That Made Us. In that series there was an episode on G.I. Joes! I couldn’t believe it, we watched the whole thing and then it hit me, the promise I’d told myself more than years ago:
‘I will save these so one day I can play with them with my kid.’
I ran into my storage room and found the old gym bag with all my old G.I. Joes and micro machines!
I started cleaning them in a panic, making sure Ivan didn’t walk in and see what I was doing. As I cleaned, I remembered all those times playing with them in my backyard, and I realized the restoration job was going to be harder than I expected.
I finally finished cleaning them but I needed to take a breather. I felt like Andy at the end of Toy Story 3, afraid to pass Woody on to Bonnie. All of these toys made my childhood a blast, and took my imagination to whole new levels. I was afraid my son wouldn’t take care of them and afraid he wouldn’t actually play with them!
I came out and told him to close his eyes, I had a surprise. When he finally opened them, I told him these are the toys from the show we just watched, and they are the toys I played with when I was his age. His reaction was everything I hoped for; he was happy and excited to see all the toys I had saved and he wanted to know everything about them.