Thursday, August 12, 2004

Toys Aren't Us? When my children were small and their cousins from New Port Richey would visit, my father would mark the occasion by taking them all to Toys R Us. The visit was like some sort of TV game show for kids, except that they had already won the prize. My dad would tell them they could buy anything they wanted. And they did. It exasperated the parents, but Dad's theory was that they would remember him when he was gone. That struck me as sad and mistaken, because they would remember him anyway. But to this day they remember those Saturday morning Toys R Us visits with "PahPah". So it seems sad to read that Toys R Us may be getting rid of their toy business, another victim of Wal-Mart. I don't know what Dad would think of Wal-Mart. But he would like the old guy who greets people when they walk in. He would want that job.

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