Toys are such a scam. It has long been noted that young kids often seem just as happy with the boxes and the wrapping paper that their gifts come in as the gifts themselves. Many parents, myself included, have wondered, “why do I even spend money on new toys?” Last Christmas my ex-wife demanded that no one give her one year old daughter new gifts and instead she just gave her a cardboard box. And you know what? She LOVED it!!
While I was in Texas my nephew, Noah, carried around scraps of toilet paper and paper towels everywhere with him. He would crumple them up into balls and then un-crumple them while making Transformer sound effects with his mouth.
Sure, to you and me it may have just looked like scraps of used toilet paper transforming into balls of used toilet paper, but to Noah, with his imagination, they were Transformers!
Far be it from me to interfere with the wonderment of childhood and the miracle of a child’s imagination.
Guess what Uncle Arlo will be handing out next Christmas!