Gumby, Barbie and Slinky are just a few of the characters at the History Colorado Center “Toys of the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s” exhibit now showing through Oct. 4.
We remember with warmth the toys we played with as they invoke other warm memories of childhood, a place we now and then wish we could return to. In a recent Wall Street Journal “Friday Mansions” section, they focused on the place you called home as a kid, your own bedroom, a shrine to those innocent years. But try to go home again and you’ll see the folks redecorated your room that now houses dad’s man cave and where mom now works from home on days she doesn’t go to the business office.
Today’s Mr. Potato Head is different, made of a different goop.
So you can meander through those days of yore at the History Colorado, pause and reflect and tell your own kids and spouse about how you played with the toys on display there.
The display also has hundreds of toys with multimedia, as they call it, and Maureen McCormick of “The Brady Bunch” TV show, and you can go along in the play zone and show your own kids what that innocent era was like.
Toys Take Over is part of the History Colorado, beginning 11:30 a.m. when visitors can drop in and play with favorite toys up close. So you remember Match Box Cars? The Center has the cars that visitors set up on that huge Colorado map that’s part of the museum.
My now middle-age son still covets Legos, and we remember Lincoln Logs, and the whole family can have a ball here all summer. Big Wheel is not just a memory, it’s a real tricycle.
Log onto to the site and see a whole summer full of special days at www.historycolorado.org or call 303-HISTORY (447-8679.)
Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk
The Rocky Mountain Down Syndrome Association has Step Up for Down Syndrome Walk, Sept. 27, at Denver City Park’s The Meadows. Registration opened July for walkers and teams.
The walk “promotes acceptance of all people with Down syndrome and helps raise funds for RMDSA, which supports people with Down syndrome, their families, and caregivers across the Rocky Mountain Region,” so their mission statement reads.
The walk includes continental breakfast, face painting, games, entertainment, resource fair and a performance by local band, Flip Side.
For further details contact Jan Blankennagel at 303-947-5209 or visit www.stepupdenver.org.
Galloway receives Legacy Award
Jean Galloway was honored in the Denver Business Journal as a 2015 Legacy Award winner. We learned that from the Galloway Group Quarterly, which arrived via email last week.
Here come the bride and groom – again. Different bride or different groom, this topic is apparently a hot button for readers who have more to say about this and love reading about it. None want names revealed, but here’s a synopsis of their input.
Several said they agreed about having their children participate in the wedding, but then there goes the small wedding the couple wanted this time around. The most emotional are the widows and widowers, thinking that having each other’s children in the wedding would help them heal their sad wounds and point them toward a new, happier future. How can anyone say no to that? Have the kids and/or grandkids walk the couple down the aisle separately.
Some of these children want their surviving or divorced parents to come. Quite a sticky wicket? Put the biological parent and new spouse as far in the back of the place as possible. Then hope and pray when the toasts come at the reception none of them raises a champagne glass to say something sarcastic. My advice is don’t invite them to the reception if there is a serious concern. One spouse threatened the remarrying partner with his/her life when told of the coming nuptials over the phone!
Then you’re off to wedded bliss, but here come more obstacles when they combine their own households. Each having different tastes and not wanting to give up the stuff they went through a lot just getting to keep in the divorce. This is also a minefield where one person is widowed and clings to a cherished item or roomful. Get this situation worked out at the time of the engagement and if you can’t think twice about marrying this person as this may be a factor in other “want to keep” stuff. With couples marrying later in life for even the first time, try to just compromise.
Then there’s the topic of who likes to eat what. Maybe tone down the strong spices and include long loved foods of both in many menus. If both marrying partners work fulltime take turns in the kitchen. Find recipes combining some tastes, and we love “Cooking Light,” using lots of sticky notes in each issue, a fun experience shared by each loved one.
Raising our kids, I’d always said that the cook doesn’t clean the mess made in preparing the meal.
Take turns also with carpools and most all other responsibilities, part of “Getting to know you, getting to know more about you,” from The King and I, now being reprised on Broadway.
Don’t like the other person’s best friend(s)? This can be a serious situation and for one couple it was one of the main reasons for the divorce to begin with. A song from 1956 included words, “Two different worlds, we come from two different worlds.” Those different worlds are mostly exciting, interesting and even better than expected, we’ve been told.
For most remarrying couples, this becomes the best decision they’d ever made, and personally, it certainly is and their shared happiness envelops their families, and wedded bliss is so deep it’s spiritual, often holding hands at religious services.
And a word about gay marriages that are gaining acceptance and popularity. It is like lifting a boulder off their shoulders, the end of covering up what they can’t change and the two become not one, but two happy, fulfilled promises.
Now about the other person’s tastes in clothes: not going there, readers, not here where one grew up with Dapper Dan and Dressy Betsy dolls, they still invoke warm memories from long ago. L’chaim!
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