Monday, June 10, 2013

THE TOY TRACTOR AND 'GRANDDAD MAN'

HAPPY FATHER'S DAY!!
When I was born, my father was hoping for a boy - someone he could teach to farm, hunt, and fish.  Not only did he get a daughter, but he got a girly-girl who never wanted to do anything out-of-doors!!  That didn't stop him from buying me boy toys - consequently this toy tractor and trailer.
  It did come in handy in my child-play.  It was a vehicle I could send the pretend daddy out into the fields to work, so the little mommy-in-me could nurture my baby dolls and and organize my play dishes.
 However, I'm sure my kids and grandkids have played with it far more than I ever did.  My kids named the little figure, 'Granddad Man".  It really did kind of look like my father -- he always wore a hat like that.  'Granddad Man' is detachable, and has a history of getting lost.  I've found him separated from his tractor buried in the sand pile, under the bed, and in an unrelated box in the back of a closet, etc., etc.  He's been known to be MIA for days at a time!
I'm sure my grandkids have thought I was a bit obsessive about keeping 'Granddad Man', the tractor, and the trailer together.
  
After all, it takes a lot of diligence to keep your toys orderly for 70 years! 

This week I'm joining the following:
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday Treasures
Hickory Trail for Efforts and Assets Tuesday
Ivy and Elephants for What's It Wednesday
From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Common Ground for Inspire Me Friday
The Dedicated House for Make It Pretty Monday

8 comments:

Sue said...

Sally you always amaze me by all the "stuff" you saved for all these years...I love it...it looks well played with and cherished...BTW....love your new header for the summer...Your Poppy look gorgeous....mine never came up at of the ground.....still waiting!!

SmilingSally said...

You've sure done a good job of keeping Granddad Man, Sally.

Those red, red tomatoes on your header caught my eye. How I wish I could bite into one. (I seem to only find unripened tomatoes. Yuk!)

Marilyn said...

What a fabulous treasure!!♥♫

Ann said...

What a fantastic childhood treasure!!!! I love the old metal trucks and tractors so much, I have a truck I decorate at Christmas. I'm sure your grandchildren think it's really "cool" that grandma takes such good care of it.
Ann

Ann said...

P.S. Hoping you are escaping the terrible fires in Colo, our Son and family live in Buena Vista and they are about 2 hrs away.
Ann

Maria Elena said...

What a treasure! Beautiful piece! I have a new weekly link party which is live now and I would love if you stop by and link up this wonderful post! Hope to see you there! http://mariaelenasdecor.blogspot.com/ Hugs, Maria

Michelle Pearson said...

This TOY TRACTOR AND 'GRANDDAD MAN is looking fantastic. I recently bought John Deere Toy Tractors for my kids they are also fascinating.

Shellie Marks said...

Both toy tractor and granddad man is superb. Your kid gave nice name to the little figure :)
I also used to have Tractor Toys Collection when i was 10...