For most of us, adulthood is longer version of childhood

“Toyland, toyland, wonderful girl and boy land, while you dwell within it you are ever happy there.”

The words to this old song come to mind often this time of year. It’s the season when reality bows out for a while and kids of all ages enjoy the glow of magic and make believe.

You don’t have to be a kid to love toys. When a toy is labeled “suitable for children ages 5 and up,” there is no limit to the age of “up.”

Most adults never really grow up. Each of us still has a little child in us who wants to have a new toy. How else to account for the lines of people outside the Apple Stores a few weeks ago? I will bet that many of them already had the older version of the iPhone, but the added bell and whistle or two of the new model appealed to a wide-eyed inner child.

Some say that we go through a second childhood. I don’t think so. I contend that we are all simply living the long-play version of our first childhood. And that’s a good thing.

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