Childhood Collections. Gotta catch ’em all!
So today, my 8 year old daughter asked me a question. A question that immediately made me feel as though I was 10 years old again. A question that undoubtably brought the geek right out of me. This question?
‘Dad, Have you ever heard of Pokemon?’
The nostalgia came flooding back. The theme tune ‘Gotta catch ’em all!’ Forced its way back to the front of my memory bank. I looked at her, eyes flared and answered. ‘Of course! I used to LOVE IT when I was your age!’
I wasn’t losing this opportunity. My daughter was finally old enough to appreciate some of my childhood collections. My partner’s never been overly interested and so they’d been stashed in the loft for years. I took this as my perfect chance to show them off. Being the sentimental sop-ball that I am, I had been looking for an excuse to go through them for friggin’ ages.
I began by showing her three folders worth of Pokemon cards. They were in the exact order that I had left them almost fifteen years ago. Charizard, Blastoise and Venusaur, still the favourites of course. I flipped the folder, page by page, naming almost every Pokemon in the list. By the end, she hadn’t seemed to have lost interest and so I went on to share my other collections.
In the same box were some old Tazos. They were like plastic pogs with the loony toons printed on the front. I’m pretty sure, if I remember correctly, they used to be found inside packets of walkers crisps. Frustratingly though, I couldn’t find the rest of my pogs. I remember keeping them in a lunch box, mixed in with a few of my favourite slammers (This is probably complete gobbledygook to a non-collector). I was in my element. I was enjoying reliving old memories and from what I could tell, my daughter was still showing interest.
I also used to collect ‘Bouncing Boneheads’ (At least thats what I knew them as). They were little plastic heads that you used to line up across from your opponents and throw them at each other’s. I don’t remember being a massive collector of them, but I still had a few stashed at the bottom of the box.
In another box were my collection of old ‘Where’s Wally magazines’. There was a stage that one would come out every week and I’m not sure why (Because I was never overly interested in Where’s Wally) but I had most of the collection.
So there we have it. My daughter was now up to date with my childhood collections.
What did you collect as a child? Do you still have any of your old collections? Let me know in the comments below!