Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Memories That Last

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Memories That Last

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What was your most memorable toy? That's the question Ross Atkin asked dozens of adults (see story at right). It's almost impossible to read their answers and not reminisce about favorite toys that you received as a child, or that you gave to your children.

I'll never forget Pocahontas, an Indian doll that my mom and dad gave me at Christmas when I was 4 or 5. I don't know if the doll came with that name, or if I gave it to her, but my parents told me the legend of Pocahontas saving Capt. John Smith's life. It was a romantic tale to a little girl growing up in Virginia, home to the Powhatan tribe. And it was the beginning of a lifelong interest in history.

"Pokey" and I were inseparable. The next summer I dragged her along on a family vacation to Canada. I remember putting her beneath my yellow slicker so she could go beneath Niagara Falls. …

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