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I was browsing through a toy catalogue last week, putting together a new order of toys and I came across a retro toy that flooded me with memories. It was a plastic version of Beetle Drive. My aunt, who has now passed away, owned it. About twice a year, my family would go and visit her in Northern Ireland.We would stay with her for a few nights and every evening, she would encourage us to go up to her spare room. In that room, she had a kidney-bean shaped vanity table, with a mirror on top. Around the table was a curtain and behind that curtain was a treasure trove of games. My siblings and I would look in delight at the choice and pull out a few of our favourites – matching pairs, beetle drive, Cleudo, Happy Families…. While our parents got to sit back and soak in a bit of peace, my aunt would spend (what seemed like) hours playing with us – well past our bedtime. And, we loved it!
In those days, we only had 2 channels on our tv back in Co.Wicklow, but up, at my aunts house, she had numerous channels and even a much-desired Video player. Still, there was nothing nicer than sitting on our knees on chairs around her big dining room table, eagerly waiting our turn in the game.
I remember she loved jigsaws too and she allowed us to join in and help her.
She passed away a few years ago, but she instilled in me a love for games, that I don’t think I’d have if she hadn’t invested the time to play with us. It’s something I want to instill in my girls – to pass on. So, when my 3-year-old goes to bed each night, I let my 5 year old choose a game and together we sit down and play until it’s her bedtime (and often past it, if she’s lucky!) It’s precious time and we both love it!
I love games and I hope the selection that I’ve chosen to sell, will help your love for them grow too!