My Saucy Walker Doll is just a memory.
But a consumingly joyful one.
Like a constellation of smileys.
The Ideal Toy Corporation’s walking doll is my all-time favorite. No wind-up key. No button to push. All I did was walk alongside her and hold her hand, balance her first on one foot, then the other. Or I walked behind her, my hands on her shoulders. Saucy was pretty obedient. If I wanted her to sit, I pushed her legs into a sitting position. You could actually hear her legs snap. (Into position, that is. No SW was ever harmed by this procedure.)
Saucy’s hair was lustrous Saran. She never complained during hours of shampooing, brushing, and styling. Wash! Wave! Comb! Curl! The doll curlers? By Ideal Toys, of course.
It’s a wonderful toy. It’s Ideal.
I weighed Saucy Walker, too, on my made-in-the-USA scale.
While Saucy napped, I had plenty of other amusements.
Like plastic dexterity puzzles…
and handmade stuffed animals.
Saucy Walker is long gone but I still have everything else. Nothing brings back the nostalgia of childhood and the good old days like vintage toys. Want to relive some of the fun from childhood? Visit Some Bit of Stuff. Some things just never go out of style.
Now I lay me down to sleep,
I pray the Lord my soul to keep,
And if I die before I wake,
I pray the Lord my toys will break.
So none of the other kids can use ’em….
― Shel Silverstein, A Light in the Attic
If anything qualifies as a throwback it’s both Ben Carson’s ideas on The Big Bang and the Big Bang itself–the latter literally, the former figuratively. He needs to check “Big History: The Big Bang, Life on Earth, and the Rise of Humanity” out of his local library, or buy it and listen to it on his campaign bus. (http://www.thegreatcourses.com/courses/big-history-the-big-bang-life-on-earth-and-the-rise-of-humanity.html) The lecturer is great. “Big History” is a study of “the past in all possible scales, from conventional history, to the much larger scales of biology and geology, to the universal scales of cosmology.” * It’s won all sorts of awards and is a great listen if you choose the Great Courses as a way to learn. The man I live with does this and he’s about the same age as the GOP presidential candidate (now, he WOULD make a good president, hmmmm..) which tells me that it’s possible to keep learning and thinking complicated stuff, something I’m not sure BC is doing. This course is taught by Professor David Christian, author of “Maps of Time: An Introduction to Big History” which won the 2005 World History Association Book Prize. The pix below shows what it looks like when a learner keeps learning: He gets the courses out of the Farmington Library and listens piecemeal on the way to work. Ben? Are you listening? I think not.
Another way to learn about this: https://school.bighistoryproject.com/bhplive