Ken and Janice Tate

Dear Friends of the Good Old Days,

From time to time, dear readers, I can get delightfully distracted by the manuscripts you send to me here at the Good Old Days office. Your stories bring particular recollections to my mind and take me on nostalgic side trips of my own. In this issue, the essays on your favorite toys caused me to repeatedly veer off down my personal memory lane!

As a youngster growing up in the late 1960s and early '70s in small-town America, I had a standard selection of toys that included a cherished redheaded Chrissy doll, a pair of skates that I strapped on to go striding around the block, and a Hula-Hoop that I never quite mastered.

But the two playthings I used most often probably didn't even qualify as toys. One was the rope tied high in the mulberry tree behind our garage. I spent hours every day running down the hill, lunging for the rope and swinging to the heavens. I pretended I was a gymnast or a circus performer or Tarzan making my way through the jungle.

The other "toy" was the split-rail fence bordering our front yard. Using a braided rug for a saddle and a jump rope for reins, I was off galloping through the neighborhood on my pinto pony, Roscoe.

Our imaginations were also set ablaze in our Good Old Days by the wonder and anticipation of Christmas morning. Would Santa come through? Would the toy we hoped and prayed for be under the tree? What other enchantments might we discover?

Memories of favorite toys and Christmas joys happily collide in this issue. My wish for you as you turn the pages is that you find yourself delightfully distracted and that you take many nostalgic side trips of your own!

íTil next time,

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Mary Beth Weisenburger, Editor

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Mary Beth Weisenburger has been with Annie's since April 2011. She has 25 years of experience in the marketing, advertising and publishing fields. In addition to her job as editor of Good Old Days, she has been writing a family humor column for over a decade. She and her husband, two college-age kids, two dogs and various other critters live on five acres in the country, where she enjoys reading on the back porch, refinishing furniture, feeding the birds and digging in the dirt of her perennial gardens.

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