This time is a little different, though. Many (if not most) of the toys the Heisses gave us were originally hand-me-downs to them, given to them by other families departing Cairo. Heck, some of them might even have been third- or fourth-generation hand-me-downs, the way things go around here.
So you can imagine what an interesting mix of toys it was. Think about it: although we received them in one batch, each one of these toys (or sets of toys) was acquired by a different family with different values and ideas and genders and ages of kids. Maybe some were free. Maybe some were specially saved for. Whatever they were, when the time came to go back to America or on to another overseas location, these toys did not make the cut. The only thing that the families who contributed to this pile of toys had in common for sure was that they lived at one time in Cairo, which you can understand does not make a very cohesive group.
Let's take a look!
(Before we do, let me state clearly that we were so grateful to receive all these toys since we didn't bring any with us. I am not making fun of the people who originally purchased these toys. I just think that considered as a group, they make for an interesting mix.)
Here's a sampling of The Rest - all the things I couldn't quite put a category to, and they don't seem to go with anything else. We've got random character in red, a cat nose, lady's head on a spaceship (seriously someone tell me what that is), a pirate, an orange guy, a large surfboard, and dear goodness is that Kevin Costner?
I think it is.
I'll leave you with this video of the toy that gives me an idea of what hell must be like. I know I'm abnormally sensitive to toys that make noise, but I have to believe that even people who claim they aren't bothered by noisy toys, would be bothered by this one. Watch the video and try to imagine being in the same room as this thing. Also, the "music" doesn't stop. It just keeps going until you manually turn it off.Hooray for random hand-me-down toys!
(Except that last one.)