I’m in the middle of analyzing the emotions in Wilkie’s Collins’ mystery novel The Woman in White, and I can’t help but think about those silly mood rings that I always wanted growing up. If you haven’t read The Woman in White, drive to your local library or used bookstore and pick yourself up a copy. The mystery is considered the very first “sensation novel,” which basically means that it was the first “James Patterson novel” before James Patterson was even thinking about being James Patterson. It’s the perfect novel to read during cool, summer nights out on the front porch swing. There’s a mysterious woman who has escaped from an asylum, an artist in love, a woman with a mustache, a nervous hypochondriac, and a menacing Count with a distrustful narrative. Sensation novelists loved giving their readers the “hibbie-jeebies,” goosebumps, and heightened emotional excitement, which is really all I want in a novel during those lazy summer nights.
But back to mood rings. Did you ever want a mood ring? I found them so fascinating. Of course, my mood was always either blue or purple. Whatever that meant. I probably just had cold fingers. There were so many strange toys and trinkets from my childhood that I wish I still kept for my future kids to play with. The original Polly Pockets? Skip It? Bop It? Tamagotchis? Loved ’em. My dad would sometimes buy Super Soakers for me and my sisters once school was over and summer break had begun. We’d race around the backyard, through the kitchen, out the deck door, and then back into the front yard chasing each other with our oversized squirt gun.
I’ll admit that I had a Furby, although that strange bird/cat/alien thing was a bit creepy. A friend of mine removed all of the fur from her Furby, which turned the already creepy robot pet into an extremely terrifying mechanical demon with eyeballs. Not. A. Fan.
What about you? Remember any eccentric toys from your childhood? Or have you saved any of those eccentric games?
I hope you’re having a great week! I am sure ready for the weekend. And summer. And lazy nights reading mystery novels.
P.S. Sorry about the lack of pictures in this post. There was a whole lot of blurriness going on that I thought I’d spare ya from! 😉
Have a great day!