Play With Your Quiet Toys
As a child, when my mom would take me to church, she had a special stash of toys for me that were “quiet” so I would be entertained yet not making gun blasting noises or voices for characters during the time we were supposed to be reverent. The toys I enjoyed the most were my Colorforms and my Bible felt set.
My grandfather is (well, was, he’s retired now) a Seventh-Day Adventist minister, and his sermons were basically the only thing besides the Colorforms and the felts that I enjoyed about church. Since the sermon was usually the last thing on the program, I spent pretty much the whole time I was there playing with my Rainbow Brite Colorforms and my felts of Jesus, Mary and various other Bible all stars. I also had these particular felts that were supposed to be a family, but all I had were the clothes and not the actual bodies. So I would place these “ghost felts” into various scenes, patiently waiting for the day that we would be able to buy the bodies to go in the clothes. I’m still waiting.
I had all types of Colorforms, G.I. Joes (as shown above), Gumby, Star Wars. I was addicted to those things and I only got my fix on Saturday when we went to church. I guess it engendered in me a love for going to church mainly because I wanted to play with the quiet toys. Once I got older, however, the quiet toys began to interest me less and less and I, of course, began to question the existence of a god. Because if there was a god, he would surely have made church more entertaining without the need for Colorforms and felts.
Sometimes I long for the days of quiet toys, when I could be entertained by placing vinyl cartoons onto a piece of cardboard and figures onto a felt board with scenes of various Bible stories on them. But alas, besides reading a good book, it now takes more than quiet toys to get me revved up.