Last night I played a game of Hungry Hungry Hippos with my kids. As we played, I remembered how badly I wanted this game when I was little. I was so jealous of my friends who had it for their very own and could play it whenever they wanted. But, however much I longed for Hungry Hungry Hippos, it was nothing compared to my lust for Lite-Brite. Dear lord baby Jesus, I would have sold my eyeteeth for a Lite-Brite, if I could have figured out how to get them out of my head and found someone who wanted them. That toy took on an almost mythical quality in my mind – it was the embodiment of all that was good in the world and my life would be perfect if only I had it.
Sadly, I have never owned a Lite-Brite. I’ve thought about getting one to satisfy my inner child, because now I’m a grown-up and I can do things like that, but the new ones are all “flat screen” and it’s just not the same. I would rather live with the myth than settle for second best.
So, dear readers, here’s the poll – What was the one toy you always wanted, but never got?