Flicking through one of my favourite coffee table books, Home by Anita Kaushal (read her gorgeous blog here) I had a little laugh this afternoon.
This page in particular:
The text reads:
Taste. You might find it hard to live with, but children do like tacky thing, and once upon a time so did you. Ask your mum. You might prefer something classic, but try to look at it through their eyes; the primary colours, the shape, the texture. Don't always expect them to share your enthusiasm or taste. The worst obsessions are probably a phase, and maybe better judgement will follow. But for the time being, let them enjoy the fun of it all.
When I was little, I adored some very tacky things. Including those delightful, rainbow coloured My-Little-Ponies. And here's a little secret. Recently I scoured Ebay for the vintage Mattel brand ponies from my childhood to give to Fern. Because she already adores horses and ponies and I knew she would love these original editions. But then I found these ones on sale at Coles (just $3.50!) and couldn't stop myself from adding them to the week's groceries. I may even go back for more.
Because this, too, shall pass.
And in the meantime, I'm reliving my own childhood all over again.
Do YOU have a secret soft spot for a toy from your childhood?