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Mondays with Melitas – June 23, 2014

A FAVORITE TOY?                                                                                   JUNE 23, 2014

 

In my Amherst Method writing class with the Coach, Tammy, this last Friday, we drew the subject to write about, and it was “did you have a favorite toy when you were little, and did you save it throughout the years?” Then we had 10 minutes to write the story. There were 8 of us writing, and it was all quiet while we wrote our little hearts out.

At the end of the allotted time, we read aloud what we had written, with so many varied takes on the subject. Mine went something like this: Well, I never had a bicycle, and perhaps you will remember that I had to deck Lennie Tanner to take his new football away from him. I had begged Santa at the Strauss General Store for either a bicycle or a football. All to no avail. Santa was always pushing dolls. Those helpers of his had a penchant for dolls, I guess. Naturally, my Mom made me give the football back to Lennie when Mrs. Tanner came knocking at our front door — I was hiding out under my bed. And a tearful, whimpering Lennie was hanging on to his Mom’s dress. My Mom yelled for me to come out from wherever I was, and the football was gone from me after about 15 minutes in my possession, almost entirely spent under the bed. I didn’t even get a chance to toss it in the air just once and retrieve it. And Lennie, what a wimp, using his mother to fight his battles. How ignominious!

So what did I have in the way of a dear, dear toy to love and adore, and drag it along through life? Absolutely nada. Those dolls just did not cut it for me. I did not have the perfect life that everyone thinks I had, having everything I ever wanted. The bike and the football were my first and foremost number one wishes. And neither one made it under the Christmas tree.

Today, I feel very cheated.

 

 

MELITAS FORSTER                             MONDAYS WITH MELITAS

 

PS. THE PICTURE WITH VIV AND ME & DOLLS WAS TAKEN UNDER MUCH DURESS. They had to practically beat me with a 2 x 4, and take food away from me for days on end.

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15 Comments to “Mondays with Melitas – June 23, 2014”

  1. Meli. Great story. Reminded me that mine was a broom stick that I used to ride like a horses..

  2. Thanks, reminded me of days having the dolls forced on me.

  3. Oh, Mel. No bike, no football…no one was listening. Not even Santa. It’s wonderful that you were able to ovecome such a short sighted youth! I predict that you may, indeed, get a football for Christmas this year. It might be just a bit too late for the bicycle but maybe a Harley would be in order! The Warden would love that!
    We love your stories Mel…keep ’em coming.

  4. I didn’t much care for dolls either! My Dad did buy me a football and I think I got tired of it too!
    I feel cheated too!

    BESOS,
    Jamie

  5. Reminded me of my favorite doll though I too didn’t have many, but this one was special because it was a Barbara Ann Scott doll!! She had won the Gold Medal that year in Women’s Ice Skating at the Olmpics and was therefore a Canadian hero and remained that for the rest of her life. Doll was dressed in a blue velvet skating dress with white furry fringe but I don’t have any idea what happened to her. I probably gave her away, or my Mom did when I lost interest.

  6. I am sorry you feel cheated. Would you like us to take up a collection and see that they get under your tree this Christmas?????
    Last week’s article about our wonderful Alba (your warden) was most enjoyable. Keep em coming, my friend.

  7. Dear Mena,

    Is is too late for one of us to buy you a bike and football? Just let me know. I would have made sure that they were under your Christmas tree. Such small things to ask for.

    I love you,
    Maxine

  8. Melitas, I always look forward to each time we write together. You never cease to amaze me with so many of your wonderful stories!

  9. Oh my G.. your breakin my heart here. Ha…See you this friday in San Juan Cap

  10. What a lovely story! It’s so hard to think, how preconceived ideas can change our lives

  11. My firt doll I named her Anna Bell and loved playing with her till one day I left her in the garage and my mother ran over her with the car. I cried, and cried, and my mother wanted to put her in the trash and I said NO I’ll put her there myself she’s my doll and it was my fault leaving her there, but instead I got my father’s shovel and dug a hole in my mother’s flower bed and wrapped her up and buried there. My mother never found out what I did.

  12. Santa Claus would bring me year after year either a doll house or a doll…I was very upset with him because I wanted boy’s toys, especially a scooter.
    My girlfriends would come by after Christmas wanted to play house with me. I would chase them away.
    One fine Christmas Santa Claus brought me a black rag doll…I fell in love with her and named her “Lulu”. My mother was delighted that I liked the doll. I loved her because the color of my skin was like hers…running around playing in the hot Arizona desert turned my skin black. I had her until she disintegrated! I cried.

  13. DOLLS DIDN’T DO IT FOR ME EITHER!!!!

    I HADA PAIR OF SIX SHOOTERS AND THE BEST LOOKING HOLSTERS YOU EVER SAW. AAL THE BOYS TRIED TO GET THEM FFOM ME, BUT IT DIDN’T WORK. WENT TO LOOK FOR THEM WHEN I WAS IN COLLEGE. MY BROTHER SOLD THEM TO ONE OF THE BOYS THAT WANTED THEM WHEN WE PLAYED. STILL HAVEN’T SAY A
    WORD TO HIM.

  14. Tammy really stirred a lot of emotions in all you gals with her subject matter or was it Melitas with her story about wanting something that most parents couldn’t comprehend. (Giving footballs to girls!) At any rate, it seems we can all relate to the toys we had when we were children; either liking or disliking. I did love those Mattel hot wheels and tracks my brothers got, but of course, I got a Ballerina Doll. 🙁

  15. Hope you had a great time at the reunion. Sorry that we could not make it.

    Love

    Debbi & John

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