Everybody needs toys

Regardless of age, everybody craves toys. Men, women, children… even pets want them, and their masters are glad to oblige. Some pets are even be seen strutting with diamond-studded collars… A small price to pay in my opinion, for their undying loyalty.

When you cannot afford toys, you create them. Kids are especially good at that. To them, anything can become “un jouet”. It just takes a little imagination, and with them, there is never a shortage of creative juices. Any box can become an “igrushka” and tins cans can easily morph into 5G phones.

The holidays are approaching, and maybe because of the pandemic, toys are big this season. All kinds of toys. Educational toys, tinker toys, boy toys, sex toys… And Amazon will be pleased to deliver, sometimes with drones.

Of course, there are toys and TOYS. Some are cheap, and some are unimaginably costly. Our ex-president, who I understand is fond of glitzy real estate, will probably want a Golden Monopoly set.

“This is one of the costliest versions of the popular Monopoly board game and estimated to be worth $2 million. It is made of 18-carat gold and encrusted with jewels. It is the brainchild of San Francisco jewelry designer Sidney Mobell who created it in 1988.”

 Joe Biden on the other hand is longing to recover a piece of real estate that the previous tenant refuses to vacate. Like many citizens, I wonder if on Christmas Eve Santa will finally grant him his wish. A real cliffhanger!

Toys are important because one should never lose the desire to play. Once you become a “responsible adult” you often lose that magic and you become a certified dullard. Kids realize who you are and never bother to invite you to play. I am personally very proud to say that kids seek my company. They consider me one of them and treat me as such.

It is said that good things come in small packages, and for Christmas, many people would be thrilled to get a little present from Moderna or Pfizer. It would be a real shot in the arm for a suffering nation.

Now, a third company (Astra-Zeneca) is also on the cusp to introduce its own vaccine. Soon there will be a surplus of that magic elixir and the world will return to normal: strikes, protests, and general mayhem.

It is said that He who dies with the most toys wins. Everybody likes to win, but personally, I could do with fewer toys and let somebody else grab that prize.

In closing, I would like to leave you with this final thought:

“The simplest toy, one which even the youngest child can operate, is called a grandparent.” Sam Levenson

 Alain

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