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My Last Real Toy

When I was really small, I loved my trike, and then I graduated to a bike. I also liked to skip, so mother bought A jump rope that I used an awful lot. It seems I really loved to hop around, to have my feet come off, then back on ground. I got a pogo stick I used all year and wore out quickly once I learned to steer! At 15, I was not the same small kid, for there were other fun things that I did. However, I still liked some childish things like Sting Ray bikes and trampolines and swings. That year appeared in stores a brand new toy, a grand delight for every girl and boy. And though a woman I had now become, that Christmas I just had to have me one! This last “real” toy of mine I won’t forget because it brought me also some regret. A toy once you start, you can hardly stop: Can you guess? It was the Hoppity Hop. This toy was just a big strong rubber ball. You’d grip its handles so you wouldn’t fall. I loved to bounce around the yard on it, and all I had to do was simply sit! A boy I kind of liked showed up one day. I didn’t know he’d come and seen me play until I got up off that crazy ball and went to tell him “hi,” but that’s not all. . . I learned the back side of my shorts had split. The whole time he was there, I never knew it. My sisters later told me. Well, that guy simply stayed and didn’t bat an eye! I felt so idiotic and was sure he must have found me kind of immature, a grown girl hopping all around her lawn! But worse was how I felt once he had gone. He’d seen my shorts ripped from behind, and then said nothing. I could not face him again. So silly! He still liked me after all. . . but I abandoned him and that dang ball!
For Paula Swanson's "Childhood Memory" Contest

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Date: 4/27/2014 12:09:00 PM
Andrea Such a charming, cute, sweet, and fun write. The story is told so well I felt like I was right there with you. Thank you for the great comment on my Lifeline poem
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Date: 11/25/2013 6:19:00 AM
What a cute poem. I think the boy was just love sick and too embarrassed himself to say anything.
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Date: 11/3/2012 6:39:00 AM
why do i love reading your poems? because you are you, and it does not get much better than that...
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Date: 7/15/2011 5:43:00 PM
This is soooo cute Andrea. He didn't mind that the pants were split he was interested in you. love phyl
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Date: 7/11/2011 12:00:00 PM
Congrats Andrea on your win...very enjoyable write:)
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Date: 7/10/2011 12:35:00 PM
Nostalgia Andrea, again you are taking us there, i am sure there were problems but now they seem everywhere..win a good spot with this..
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Date: 7/10/2011 6:42:00 AM
I never did get the hang or the pleasure out of those boncy balls. Mike
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Date: 7/10/2011 6:05:00 AM
I knew this had to be a winner! Many congrats to you, Andrea : )
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Date: 7/10/2011 4:55:00 AM
My congratulations on this win in the contest of Paula, Andrea
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Date: 7/9/2011 11:00:00 PM
andie!happy thumbs up to you on your stunning win! :) huggs
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Date: 7/9/2011 4:12:00 PM
Congrats Andrea on a fabulous win with this impressive write my friend.. super as always and amazing as u..luv..
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Date: 7/9/2011 12:22:00 PM
my 8 year old boy loves this one Andrea! Your suggestions have been helpful to a good cause. I do thank you for your continued assistance. You have QUITE an impressive Archive of work.
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Date: 7/9/2011 11:51:00 AM
Congratulations on your win Andrea in Paula's "Childhood Memory" contest. Love, Carol
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Date: 7/9/2011 10:20:00 AM
Loved this childhood Memory, it brought a smile, really enjoyed reading it, good luck in contest. thank you for commenting on Wisdom for the Wise.
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Date: 7/9/2011 9:35:00 AM
LOL, I love this fun piece, Andrea. Isn't it funny looking back on things that we once nearly died of embarrassment over? And realising we would probably just laugh about them now!
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Date: 7/9/2011 8:06:00 AM
Loved it! I could picture it as I read.Thanks for the comments on my poem.I'm at a point that any feedback keeps me going.
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Date: 7/9/2011 6:04:00 AM
I loved that big ball too....so cool. That was the funny part of my tire story.....it was 14 years old and dry rotted, I did not call the company.
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Date: 7/9/2011 4:33:00 AM
A TRAGEDY Think how your life may have turned out if your pants hadn't split. On the other hand...............The poem has magically left the reader with speculation. I like it mucho. Love, daver
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Date: 7/8/2011 9:37:00 PM
awhhh, this sends me reeling, andie... congrats too on all your winning trophies--linda's, constance's and brian's.. can't keep up with individual cheers; hopefully i can this sunday... yipeee, go for the win!! :) huggs, nette
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Date: 7/8/2011 7:56:00 PM
Cute....A well executed Rhyme and a great heartfelt youthful time//A little young LOVE..HUH~Precious words with a touch of great humor///I just wanted to tell you, your always leaving such KIND comments!!!and I DO greatly appreciate each one///I hope your enjoying my little verses. a new twist for me, I'm just trying to keep it FRESH and innovative.....with song in mind, and imagery trailing....God bless(special One)^Rick
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Date: 7/8/2011 3:16:00 PM
good one babe, I can see your embarrasment. But being a guy you were NOW more interesting (my view) hindsite, could have been the one, but kept away and thoughts undone:) XO, Don
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Date: 7/8/2011 2:24:00 PM
LOL! Just googled. It was called "Lemon Twist" and it was considered an "ankle toy". Hey thanks for bringing back a really GOOD memory. I think it was supposed to be my sister's, but I almost permanently borrowed it. :-) It's a retro toy from the late 70's early 80's. Of course now I feel old. Very very old. So on second thought, I retract my thanks and ask you to send me a bottle of Geritol as compensation ;-)
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Date: 7/8/2011 2:15:00 PM
This one has charm! Made me smile- with some recognition. For me, I think I was 13ish and I was in love with this silly skipping/jumping toy. I have no idea what its called. It had this anklet which had a strip of plastic and at the end of the plastic there was a lemon (I believe). It was a kind of hullahoop for your foot. You'd make it spin on one ankle and you'd have to hop over it with the other foot. I think I played with it for hours! Cheers and hope you place high in contest! Cyndi
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Date: 7/8/2011 1:43:00 PM
This is such a cute story. It relly made me laugh because it reminded me of a poem I wrote onc about my cousin and me and our first crush. I'll post it sometime soon. God Bless, JB
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Date: 7/8/2011 10:55:00 AM
skipping right along with these memories Andrea.. such a lovely recollection of things so precious ..good luck in the contest my friend... adorable one..
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