Saturday, June 30, 2018

Toys "R" Us Kid

I don't wanna grow up
I'm a Toys "R" Us kid
There's a million toys at Toys "R" Us 
That I can play with
From bikes to trains to video games
It's the biggest toy store there is
I don't wanna grow up
Cause maybe if I did
I wouldn't be a Toys "R" Us kid

A sad day for kids of all ages.  Toys "R" Us is officially no more.  The last store has closed its doors.

Going to Toys "R" Us was always an exciting day.  A whole store devoted to nothing but toys!  Even if you couldn't get anything, just to walk up and down the aisles and dream of the adventures you could have.  To see the giant playsets that you would never have.

Their flagship store in Times Square was even a great experience to visit as an adult.  An indoor Ferris wheel that could be used to move up floors.  A life-size Barbie Dream House.  A Willy Wonka candy store.  That great mix of wonder and nostalgia.

In it's closing, Toys "R" Us shared this message:

Play On!

Thanks to each of you who shared your amazing journey to (and through) parenthood with us, and to every grandparent, aunt, uncle, brother and sister who's built a couch-cushion rocket ship, made up a hero adventure, or invented something gooey.  Promise us just this one thing:
Don't ever grow up.  Play on!

So in honor of Toys "R" Us today and all the wonder of childhood, do something silly today, just because you want to.  Do something fun, just because it's fun.  Draw.  Color.  Dance.  Sing at the top of your lungs your favorite song.  Tell a story.  Find something that makes you laugh.  Make someone else smile.

Aging is a certainty.  Getting old is not.  Getting old is a state of mind.  We have to mature, we should learn and grow wiser.  But we can maintain a bit of that wonder.  A bit of that sense of adventure.  A bit of that silliness.  A lot of that faith.  And even a bit of that naivete.

I'll always be a kid at heart.  I hope you can too.

"Someday you will be old enough to start reading fairy tales again."
C.S. Lewis

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