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toys and joys

January 9, 2009

Jack’s pile of Christmas gifts was full of new books and toys, and I was surprised that he was more interested in the goods than in their packaging. His new copy of Eric Carle’s 10 Rubber Ducks and Sarah Boynton’s Barnyard Dance went over well, as did his colorful new soft bear, a stuffed puppy named Barkers, a wooden bead maze and his own set of stainless steal keys with keyless entry (that last item is more than I can say for myself).

Still it’s hard to beat the remote, screwdriver, mobile phone, magazine or newspaper, kitchen cleaner and countless other non-toys he really shouldn’t play with. As long as I keep them hidden, little compares to  all of the colorful, noisy and soft  made-for-baby toys he has and loves. But it begs the question: how do they learn so early on to want what they can’t have?

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