What was the best gift you received as a child? I know you could take this many directions but I’m going to stay with a toy theme. Is there a that one toy you will always remember? I was born in 1980, a decade to the start of some amazing toys! Remember the beginning of Care Bears, Cabbage Patch Dolls or Transformers? It was an amazing time to be a child! Many toys from the 80’s have even been brought back.
One of the best gifts I received as a child was a bicycle. Yes, that’s me in the picture above! Don’t you love that gorgeous green and yellow carpet? I can still remember that carpet! My parents still live in the same farm house (built in the late 1800’s) I grew up in, minus that gorgeous carpet. I rode that bicycle everywhere, everyday. Did you notice it’s a Strawberry Shortcake bicycle? My brother, sister and I rode all the time… until I got a horse. I rode my horse everyday rain, snow or shine. I still have scars from bike wrecks. If you were a bike rider like I was as a kid I’m sure you know what it feels like to have your mom pull gravel from under your skin!
Besides my real horses I also had a wooden rocking horse. The one in the pic was too small… obviously! I rocked and rocked on that thing. I still have it minus any hair! I’m pretty certain my younger sister done the damage to it.
In 1989 I remember receiving my first Breyer horse. It was the beginning to a collection of over 100 Breyer horses. I had everything you could image to go along with them. I had an amazing barn, a hand tooled leather saddle (made by a dear family friend), riders and the list goes on. I had shelves on the walls in my bedroom to display my precious collection. I can remember being able to immediately tell if one was missing. Sometimes I would find one hidden with a broken leg… my younger sister was always the culprit! I still have most of my collection today.
I’m sure you are starting to see a horse theme… yes, I loved horses! I was also a huge fan of My Little Pony. It’s funny how that has come back today and once again popular among little girls. I still have most of my toy collections from when I was little. I also remember having a huge collection of Barbies. My best friend and I could play with them for hours. I always liked to incorporate my Breyer horses so mine always lived on a ranch or farm. Haha! It’s fun looking through the boxes of them now that I’m older.
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What was the best gift you received as a child?