Wednesday, October 5, 2011
by Just Lin
During the last several months, I spent quite a bit of time in the house I grew up in. That brought back memories of my childhood and all the great games I played with little more than my imagination.
One thing that always fascinated me was the switchboard operators that I would see in old movies. They were always so busy connecting their callers to the right office or hotel room or whatever. I discovered that I could make my own switchboard by placing a shoe box upside down and putting the top of the box at right angles to it in order to make a backboard. I would then poke small holes in the surface of the box and also in the "backboard". I would use the elastic bands from doll bonnets to be my telephone cables. The metal ends on those bands kept the band in place when put through one of the holes. In this way, I would connect my pretend calls.
I'm still kind of fascinated with switchboards. Several years ago, I came across a beautiful wood and brass one in an antique store. I imagine it came from a grand hotel. I swear, if I had a bigger house I would have bought it just as a conversation piece. It was kind of expensive but it would have made me happy and maybe I would have played with it late at night when no one was watching. LOL
What pretend games did you play when you were a child?