Some More Childhood Toy contributions

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Carol Newman and Whinnie--another favorite stuffed toy.

Some More Childhood Toy contributions:

“Buried Treasure”

Somewhere beyond the fallow field,

where the edge drops over pumphouse hill,

in a shallow hollow, hidden well

by tangled growth o vines and roots.

Layered under leaves and twigs

sweet memories lie in an old tin box,

its cherished contents packed with love

and hid in the hollow of pumphouse hill:

—an ivory button from a worn-out dress

—a soother stone…quite flat and smoothed

—a tip feather from a pheasant tail

—a spinner top that hums when spun

—a wishbone with its wish intact

—a glassy marble…the winner’s prize

—a hank of hair, a pretty comb

—a clothespin doll that stands alone.

Frieda Risvold is a writer and poet who lives in Des Moines, Washington.

Childhood Toy Haiku

Empty backyard swing

waits for child with need to fly

to another place.

Frieda Risvold, Des Moines

“Kitty Meow Meow and the Wonder Horse”

Two of my favorite childhood toys were a stuffed white cat, with red and white checked overalls, that I called Kitty Meow Meow, and a Wonder horse. Kitty Meow Meow went everywhere with me, and my baby brother knew he dared not touch her with his grubby little hands. We had tea parties, and she slept on my pillow, snuggling with her soft fur against me all night. She is a bit more faded and her whiskers were chewed off by my cat, Sable, who coincidently had no whiskers.

My other favorite toy was a chestnut colored Wonder horse on springs. I loved watching shows like Rawhide, rocking wildly back and forth and imagining I was riding the range with Rowdy Yates, a very young Clint Eastwood. The squeaking springs probably drove my parents crazy, but they seemed to tolerate it for the sake of my obvious joy. I no longer have the Wonder horse, but I still hold the happy memories in my heart of riding in front of the TV in my straw cowboy hat.

Carol Newman works at Everett Community College and shared this story in True Stories, a class taught by Ariele Huff who eagerly requested using it in Sharing Stories.

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