Toy Village


We didn't have the windmill, but other than that this could have been our set: found in an antique toy shop in the UK

We didn’t have the windmill, but other than that this could have been our set: found in an antique toy shop in the UK

I was waiting at the bus stop before class earlier this week and I happened to glance at the ground. The sidewalk was paved with bricks and in the crack between two of the paving stones was the stub end of a toothpick. In a previous life it had been a fancy toothpick: the kind you sometimes see that are blunt on one end and which occasionally have a few decorative lines etched in the end. It was the blunt end that I could see.

For a minute I didn’t know what it was and my brain went searching through my visual memory to try to figure out what I was looking at. I didn’t arrive at “toothpick” right away. Instead my memory spit out an image of a toy set that I had played with as a very small child and which I hadn’t thought about in over a decade.

It was a set of small wooden buildings- maybe an inch or two tall. There was a church with a blue roof and some houses with red roofs. There were trees- some round and some flat green Christmas tree shaped trees and a few pieces that I can’t quite remember the shape of: perhaps a wall of some kind? Farm animals? I don’t recall having any people figures but I could be wrong.

They weren’t toys I played with a lot- there were only a few ways you could lay them out to form a little wooden village and once you did so I don’t recall there being much else to do with them. But the memory of them came back with such force that I had to stop and think about them for a while. I could remember the feel of the pieces and the smell of the wood. I have no idea what ever happened to them or whether the set still exists somewhere in my parent’s house bagged up in a ziploc bag and stowed in a tupperware bin like a prize waiting for the first grandchild to cross the finish line.

I don’t have the faintest idea why the stub end of a toothpick should remind me of a toy set that I haven’t given a second thought to in years. A quick Google search turned up several pictures of similar sets quite easily- evidently this was a traditional German toy- so maybe it wouldn’t be too hard to find a new set: if only to satisfy my curiosity to see the pieces again.

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on December 7, 2013.

One Response to “Toy Village”

  1. […] the beginning of the month I wrote about a wooden toy village that I remembered playing with as a kid. The memory of it came to me out of the blue while I was […]

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