I have truly enjoyed reading a fellow writer’s articles on the newest toys. You can tell that Collin is totally up-to-date on what’s in with kids and collectors alike. His latest blogs on the huge Toy Fair 2012 in New York had some amazing offerings.
While I do like to see the latest trends, the toys of my youth are pleasing as well. For example, a recent flea market find was this game, “The Merry Milkman.” Now, the youth of today would have a difficult time understanding A) a milkman who drives to houses in a truck and actually delivers your dairy products to your front door, and B) that doing so could make him merry!
When I was growing up we had a milkman named Doc. He would bring our rich, creamy, whole-fat milk in a brown glass bottle. There were three kids in my house and we all drank a lot of milk. (That is something I silently thank my mom for when my bone-density tests still turn out great.) Our milk was delivered every day – as was butter, cottage cheese and cream for my parents’ coffee. He always whistled when he jumped out of his truck and you could tell he was indeed a merry gent. Doc had 8 kids, 2 sets of twins (one set was in my grade and the other in my sister’s class). Maybe he was just happy when he was out and about, who knows?
So, I do understand the concept. The Merry Milkman is a rather simple family game and one I will have to try when the grandkids are over. Of course, with their high-tech, hand-held games, they might find it rather simplistic, but they will most likely humor me.
Nostalgia is the reason many older games sell for pretty high prices at auctions and shows. Some folks actually play them, but I am guessing that a lot are collected for the boards and game pieces. They are definitely fun to display and probably start some interesting conversations and thoughts of years gone by. I know that when I view this game, I will hear Doc’s whistling in my mind. That will surely bring back memories of a simpler time and thoughts of home.