What Childhood Toy Was Precious To You?

What toy or possession from childhood was special to you?

That was the team-building question one week.

A male colleague in his early thirties said, “It was a toy my Dad brought back from one of his business trips. It let me know he was thinking of me when he was away from home.”

The rest of the team had various answers, and our meeting moved on to business topics.

A few months later, my male colleague again mentioned the toy, laughed, and called it, ‘plastic trash’.

Walking through the store one day, I saw the toy on the shelf. So I bought it, wrapped it, and shipped it to my colleague.

The world may think I spent hard-earned money on plastic trash.

And my colleague is kind and gracious, so I may never know what he really thinks of the gift.

But I wasn’t buying a plastic toy. I was buying a memory. And a reminder that no matter where he is, his father is thinking of him.

I also received a precious gift.

The reminder that no matter what, God is thinking of me. And gives gifts that let me know He loves me.

What childhood toy was precious to you and why?

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Joni Vance is an award-winning author of fiction, essay, and poetry. She loves mystery, history, and how God reveals Himself every day.


May God reveal the mystery of His love in your life story.

6 thoughts on “What Childhood Toy Was Precious To You?

  1. That was such a kind thing to do! I’d have to say my Barbie dolls were pretty important. I collected them all. And everything Barbie. I actually sold them some years back to some guy in L.A., but kept one for my own memory’s sake. I also loved games. I had “Mystery Date” which was mentioned in The Santa Clause. I loved, loved, loved that game! Playing board games with friends was a natural part of my childhood and one I hate to see overlooked today.

  2. What a sweet thing for you to do for your colleague. I loved paper dolls. I enjoyed cutting out their clothes and being able to dress them in so many different outfits.

  3. My baby dolls were my favorite toy. I think I loved dolls because It meant love to me.

    • I love it!!! Reminds me how sweet we all were as children. How much we loved our toys. Thanks so much for sharing.

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