Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Toys Is Us

The National Toy Hall of Fame in New York recently added its newest member, the cardboard box. It was a moving acceptance speech:

“I’d like to thank those that went before me, the recycled boxes, the packing peanuts, and most of all the tape. Without you, I never could have kept myself together. Over the years I’ve been kicked, pushed, poked, and cut. People have written on me, smashed me, peed on me, slept in me, and stuffed me in the dumpster.”

“I’ve had to pack many times and move, never really knowing if I belonged in the kitchen, the den, or the garage. In the process I’ve lost close friends, such as the championship bowling trophy of 1987. He was a little hard-headed but kept a stiff upper lip when things got tough. I also remember Webster, the paperback dictionary. He always had a way with words. But mostly I miss Victoria, the satin nightshirt. She was so honest that you could see right through her. I don’t know the details, but one Saturday she disappeared because she wouldn’t cover somebody’s butt anymore. "

"All of them helped me when I was in a bind. But those days are in the past. I packed away those sad memories. Today is a celebration! I’m so happy I can hardly contain myself! Let’s blow the lid off of this place!”

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