10 hours ago 36 hours ago I became a happy home owner, and I realized something pretty remarkable once I walked in La casa di bava today. I bought my childhood home. It’s an 80 year old house with many layers of character, and some true oddities, and I trip out looking at such details as the phone holder built into the wall at the bottom of the stairs. Everywhere there are signs of its original character and the layers of time and people dusted over the house ensure it is haunted with the past. My family is just the most recent group of haunters, and we will be sure to leave our phantasmagoric mark. The last day or so I have found myself particularly drawn to the basement when touring the house with others. It’s all wood paneling and, as Cogdog suggested on Twiiter, I really do feel like I found my house though a 1972 Sears catalog when I go down to the cellar. It is a wood paneled 70s extravaganza and this series has in many ways been leading m up to this moment, which of course will culminate on Xmas day, because the toys are as much a means to recapture the moment of my own childhood home, family members, and of course my mother, as it is a fun way to waste time. My childhood toys will be forever conjoined, and inseparable from, my memories of my childhood home at 885 May Place, including the wood paneled basement. And now that I have bought my childhood home, it’s time to furnish it with the toys and memories of my past:
The Air Hockey table we got was unique because it was a shared present for seven kids. It was one of the rare communal Christmas gifts we ever got, and in many ways was one of the most memorable because of this. It was already setup in our basement on Xmas day, and while we usually opened the gifts in the den, we all went down to the wood paneled basement together to see it as a family. We played at it for hours at a time over a series of years, with varying teams and tournaments. It was an integral part of our wood paneled basement, and nothing but good fun. I can almost hear the distinct sound of the plastic buck on the mallet as I write this. Beautiful!
And now it’s high time I catch up on four days of missed toys, all play and no work makes Jack a dull boy. Expect a flurry of toy posts soon 🙂
Image credit: Wishbook’s “1984.xx.xx Montgomery Ward Christmas Catalog P125”