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OLD TOY BIN

The other day while rummaging in a closet I was instantly overcome with joy

when I ran across our storage bins filled with our children’s once used toys.

 

Toys our children and grandchildren played with when they were young and new…

Toys that don’t grow up…like children and grandchildren do

 

A set of nesting cups for the bathtub, noise makers and little bouncing balls

plastic telephones where every child made imaginary calls.

 

Toys that at one time were their favorites…

toys they once adored.

Toys that served their purpose 

but don’t get played with anymore.

 

A bunch of bendy action figures…which much to our elation 

our children and grandchildren used…

to fuel their imaginations.

 

Those thick little baby books, a stuffed doggie, soft and brown

wooden blocks with painted letters they'd stack up…

then knock down.

 

As I picked up a plastic microphone and a bunch of different tiny cars

I thought how every toy inside these bins are part of who they are.

 

Because each of these toys was special once… 

because each had their own heyday

there’s no way we could ever throw them out…

no way we'll ever give them away. 

 

So they live in quiet comfort…

who knows…

we may live to see the day

when great great grandchildren come to visit…

who will no doubt want to play.

 

“Hey I remember playing with this when I was your age!” 

We imagine their parents will say

and we’ll sit back and we'll smile 

as we watch a new generation at play…

 

I imagine there are toys like these 

in closets all across the USA…

quietly resting in bins of their own…

patiently awaiting  that day.n…

 

patiently waiting for that day.


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