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Cynthia Kinnunen blogs about sharing stuff from your childhood with your kids

He’s not Darth Vader, but he did oversee the recent construction of the Death Star. That’s my hubby I’m talking about. Actually, he prefers to go by Obi Wan, but that’s a story for another time.

Last weekend, on our way back from a few days up north, we stopped at my in-laws’ place and somehow, during our short visit, some of my husband’s old toys were unearthed in the basement. During those discoveries, the kids often pose questions like what the heck is that, Dad? or is that all it does? or my personal favourite, meh.

I am officially old now that my response to those comments is “Oh, you kids don’t have any idea how cool this stuff is! Back when I was a kid…” {ahem}

Luckily, this was one of those moments where the kids knew what they had found was actually pretty neat. It was a Death Star. A cardboard Death Star, to be precise. And in all its simplicity and 70s stylin’, it’s darned cool, I must say.

When they found out they could take it home to enjoy, being the greedy kids they are (kidding), questions arose about what happened to the old Lego that was also lingering around in that basement. Hubby had ranted at them for ages about how the Lego of his youth was so much better than stuff these days. Before long, the boys were proudly carrying the big box filled with those well-used, colourful bits and pieces that made me cringe in anticipation of yet more painful imprints on the bottom of my feet.

However, we are of the mindset that Lego is for creating, not just for learning how to follow instructions, so I’m more than happy that this new/old addition to our Lego collection has arrived and that it doesn’t come with predetermined outcomes, the way Star Wars lego does.

This means the kids aren’t forced to simply craft the instruction-heavy Droid Transport and the project is complete. They can build their own versions of Star Destroyers or lunar landing stations that have extra features of their choosing. You know, like jellybean-shooting guns and streamers and special storage for deceased characters. What, you haven’t seen the party Star Destroyer with optional morgue before? What you’ve been missing.

Good old stuff for kids.

Cynthia Kinnunen is a mom of three wonderfully quirky little people who love music, old and new-school adventures and acting as silly as possible at all times. She’s also a freelance writer who blogs for fun at Crumbs in the Minivan and Maple Mixtape.

photos by Cynthia Kinnunen

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