The kids and I have been straightening the attic (I know based on the picture from the other day, maybe we ought to concentrate on other rooms - but so be it) and once we cleared a bit of space, they decided it made a neat club house.
Fine - go play in the attic - just don't fall through the ceiling is all I ask (there is not flooring over about half of the attic).
They found a shoe box up there that had remnants of toys from my youth in the seventies. I had looked in it yesterday - it was the flotsam of a generation - some Action Jackson clothes, a vest for a Flatsy doll, a wooden "Dish" from a "Cow Jumped over the Moon" mobile - and a plastic top that once came out of a box of Trix cereal. I had put the box aside to deal with later.
They came downstairs a few minutes ago and announced that they found the coolest toy.
"It's a Trix Top and it does tricks." They said, full of excitement. "When you spin it - it wobbles some and then flips over so it's spinning on it's other side. It's Soooo Cool."
They demonstrated the toy for me.
"You had the best toys," they said with a sigh and headed back upstairs.
They have computer games and stuffed animals that respond when you pet them. Trust me - they have lots of cool toys.
I guess it just goes to show you - sometimes simple is best.