One of the best things about being a parent is passing stuff on to your children like lessons, advice, knowledge, life skills and most importantly your old toys. On Saturday I had the pleasure of handing over one of my most prized possessions to my 2 young boys – my old Star Wars figurines. Coincidently, it was May the 4th, which of course is “May the 4th be with you”, get it? May the force be with you…anyways.
Turns out some people think I’m crazy. I heard a lot of “you gave your kids your old Star Wars stuff”? and “they could be worth big cash”, that sort of thing. It’s the only thing I had kept from my childhood that I thought they would enjoy. I mean I grew up in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I figure they’d get a kick out my Star Wars stuff instead of this extensive list of my toys:
– Rubik’s Cube
– Teddy Ruxpin
– Chuck Norris & and the Karate Kommandos
– A stick
– Pogo Ball
– Cabbage Patch Kid, ahem, I mean…Garbage Pail Kid.
Man..as I write this, I’m taking a trip down memory lane. Maybe I should write a blog about growing up today vs. when we grew up; boy, have things ever changed. Kids today have everything…like helmets and seatbelts and stuff.
Anyways, back to the whole giving my kids the Star Wars stuff. I mean, I guess it could be worth some money but they’re happiness is my reward. Okay, that may be a bit rich. Truth is, the figurines are pretty roughed up so I don’t think they’re worth much. It was a blast watching them care and play with the same toys I did as a youngster. I got to re-live my youth a little bit. The only difference is, when they’re done playing, they pick up the iPad and play Temple Run. I use to pick up a notePad and play Hang-Man.
Yep, we had a blast playing with the Star Wars toys. The only problem was, I couldn’t remember all the figurines names. Of course I remember Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Chewbacca and Darth Vader, but there were quite a few whose names I totally forgot. So what do all good parents do when they don’t know something? You make up an answer! Yep I just made up names. So, If see you two toddlers playing with a bunch of Stars Wars figurines named Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and Keith….those will be my boys