Thursday, December 14, 2006


Saying for the day- Why TOYLAND was like heaven when I was a kid.

I was in Menards the other day and they had a big sign that said “ TOYLAND”.
I haven’t seen one of those in years.

It brought back memories of the time just before Christmas when I was a kid.
In those days there was no Toys are Us or Wal mart with a big toy section all year long.
But the month before Christmas the big department store in Ishpeming and the big Montgomery Ward store in Marquette would open their TOYLAND.
It was like getting a preview of a child’s heaven.

In Ishpeming you took the elevator to the third floor an experience in itself.
When you got off there it was.
A land filled with every kind of toy you could think of.
There were Lionel and American Flyer trains along with the lowly Marx trains.
A boy could dream that he could get one of those really fancy Lionels though deep inside he knew he’d only get a Marx.
There were tinker toys and Lincoln logs and hundreds of other toys.
You wanted to stay there forever.
The toys weren’t on shelves like at Wal Mart they were displayed .
There was always at least one train running on a big display table.
It ran around a big doll house and model toy cars.
Every year I waited for that visit.
When the Christmas toy catalogues came I would pick out what I wanted to see up close and then look for it in one TOYLAND or the other.

Today’s kids will never know that joy because they have toys coming at them all the time.

It’s just not the same.

News From Pigeon Falls– the little town where the trains still run for at least one more day-Mrs. Trumble has a meeting with Dr. Fortress this afternoon to try one more time to extend the closing date of the railroad so that she can get everything in order to keep it running. Dr. Fortress has given no indication if he will listen to her or not. One wonders if he knows what he is going to do.
Tonight the big parties will be held. Petrovich has promised the finest Doomsday party ever. The Fly Inn is all decked out in black with Halloween decorations on the walls ( skulls and stuff). They even have glasses with skulls on them. It is going to be some party.
The preparations are well along at Last Lutheran as well. Pastor Marvel is ready to “embrace the future” . There will be games and a pot luck meal. There will be Yule logs to take home . It will all be very upbeat. Pastor Marvel may even play his accordion. He knows three songs.
Nancy says that most of the people who are stopping in for coffee are going to the church party. They don’t think anything bad is going to happen. But just in case it is the church is a better place to get ready than the tavern.
Mrs. Schmidt says she is going to Hawaii if she has to walk to the airport. Nothing is getting in the way of her dream, nothing.
Mrs. Trumble looks tired. She has given everything she has to the task of being Mayor and it shows. She needs to slow down a bit.
The wild cards, if you will, in tonight’s parties are the White Rabbit and the Dragon. Will they make an appearance? Who knows.

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I got out of the Fortress for a bit. we went to the Credit Union an d Wal Mart. I needed some more ink for Christmas caqrds. I now have all the Christmas certificates ready to mail except two ) I don't have their addresses. I got half of our Christmas card list finished. Betty went and had her hair done. If possible she even looks more beautiful. Tomorrow we get Luke and Bree for the weekend and the dog. Well I need a breathing treatment.


Anonymous janvangogh said...

From Herman Hermit (cousin of the stone hermit in the basement) in response to Tomas Petrovich.

There's a kind of hush all over the town, tonight
All over the town, you can hear the sound of Pigeon Falls doom
You know what I mean

Tomas Petrovich, and Gregnicoff driblets
There's no bomb in sight, He’s printing t-shirts, spreading his fright.

So listen very carefully
Closer now and you will see what I mean
It’s only a scheme
The only sound that you will hear
Is Tomas clinking coins in cheer
I told you – Just follow the money!

There's a kind of hush, all over the town, tonight
All over the town, you can hear the sound of Pigeon Falls doom.

La-la-la-la-la la-la-la-la-la

So listen very carefully
He took your money and your dreams.
It’s only a scheme.
The only sound that you will hear
Is Tomas clinking in coins in cheer.
I told you -- just follow the money!

There's a kind of hush, all over the town, tonight
All over the town, you can hear the sound, Pigeon falls lives
Will Pigeon Falls live?
Will Pigeon Falls live?.

5:23 AM  
Blogger jafabrit said...

There is a gallery (gregorys studio of wonders)in town where the owner makes his shop sparkle at the holidays. The first time I walked into it I thought I was 5 years old again. What a lovely feeling eh!

jan you are multi talented, the poem is great.

5:27 AM  
Anonymous Stacy said...

You are so right about kids today being bombarded with toys. They have way too much and don't really seem to appreciate much of it. It seems to have stunted their imaginations, too. They never have to amuse themselves because there's always something to do it for them.

I'm glad most people are going to the church party. Even if the railroad stops and the town folds still goes on and everyone will have to find their way.

7:38 AM  
Blogger ArtsyTartsyViray said...

Pigeon Falls.. the suspense is killing me.. AHHH!!!

7:41 AM  
Blogger Gingers Mom said...

In so many ways that sounds so much better than what we have today. I'm weak and gie my kids far too many treat....spoiled rotten little boogers.
That was a really cool story.

7:48 AM  
Blogger Lori's Minute said...

I am waiting for your post on the induction of the Lionel train (as well as the Easy Bake Oven) into the Toy Hall of Fame this year.

Breanna got a glimpse of what I went through as a kid at Christmas when heer multicultural class went to see the Christmas displays at the museum. Everything she mentioned, I would say," Oh yeah, I LOVED that!!!!!" Funny, it did not seem like that long I am going to have to post on this....

8:47 AM  
Blogger The Rev. Dr. Kate said...

We lived in a small town when I was a child and I LIVED for the annual trip to the city to look at the Christmas lights, shop windows and visiting Toyland! Thanks for bringing up such good memories!

10:18 AM  
Blogger patsy said...

you made my day. life and times.

10:24 AM  
Anonymous Kat said...

One of the few memories I have of my natural mother is holding her hand as we rode the escalator to Toyland on the 3rd floor of Macy's. Probably 1965, we were dressed in Sunday best complete with hats, gloves and patent leather shoes on the way to preview toys before I visited Santa. Kids today will never understand that kind of magic and wonder.

10:34 AM  
Blogger The Old Fart said...

Reading your post today brought back a memory long forgotten. I can remember when I was little, we lived in the county. We were about a mile from town but it was a small town.

There were no major department stores but the smaller stores would always put up a Christmas Display (when it was still proper to use the word Christmas) and one store always had a HO train running around a Christmas tree.

I always looked forward to the Christmas Catalogue that Simpson/Sears or Eatons would mail out to everyone. I would always go to the Toy Section and make my list for Santa. I always managed to get a Train Set.

Thanks for sharing your post Dr John, it brought back a lot of memories for me.

1:05 PM  
Blogger Jan said...

Will be good to hear Pidgeon Falls news of the "day after" tomorrow and the next day.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Catch said...

You are so right Dr today do not know how to appreciate a good toy. We have a toy store near here and when I go into it I am in a has 3 floors and I have to go to everyone of them. The thing I miss most about being a kid is the toys and dolls. I loved them

5:15 PM  
Blogger Mimi said...

The demand for modern conviences has taken away some of the Christmas magic.

6:49 PM  
Blogger Margaret said...

Awwww. Betty is beautiful! Inside and out. She'd have to be to stay married to a big goober like you all of these years!

(just joking)

7:09 PM  
Anonymous happy and blue 2 said...

Kids of today are spoiled rotten. It's all their fault. Or perhaps their parents fault. Or it could be the stores pushing toys at the parents that is the problem.
I blame the government mostly..

8:02 PM  
Blogger Chana said...

i'm still a kid at heart (and maturity probably, lol-just kidding) and i love going into toy land/stores and such. i love seeing it all and imagining it all being played with. after my own childhood and the many toys of a lifetime, 5 kids and all their toys and trips to the store, i'm still wide eyed and all delighted to be amongst toys.
i hope the whole town join Pastor Marvel in a whole night of fun, prayers and more fun. i hope the dragon and rabbit join in too. i hope tonight is a night that Mrs. Trumble can relax a little and laugh. she has done so much. and tomorrow we all wake up to a new beginning, for it just being a continuation of the past. the proof that hope is all we ever need. and Mrs. Schmidt will be on her way to a beautiful and romantic vacation. Happy Holidays to all, and to all a good night.
I love what you wrote about Betty. to have you say this to her and for us all to read is a great compliment not just to her but to the love you both share. how many couples would love to know just a bit of what true love is and you both have had it all this time. to know that man are capable of being wonderful, caring, responsible, good fathers and good husbands and still have a twinkle in their eyes for their wife, makes us all hopeful. thank you for loving her, thank you for showing us how it's done and thank you for sharing her with us. God Bless. Sweet dreams.

10:18 PM  
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