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BRIGHT LIGHTS
When I was maybe 6 or 7, there was a little girl that lived down the street from my grandparent's house in Michigan. My grandparents had the coolest house. A 2-storey red brick with gabled roof that had a laundry chute from the second floor all the way to the basement, and a little iron door on the side of the house that opened to reveal a ledge which opened into the kitchen, where the milkman left his milk back in the day. They had morning glories on the back fence that gaped wide with the morning sun and were screwed tightly shut by noon. They had an apricot tree and honeysuckle, and an enormous screened-in porch with flat green carpeting. Around one side of the house was a swath of lilies of the valley, dear and secret. Across the fence, the neighbor owned a mob of ankle-high Papillon dogs.

Anyway, the little girl, whose name is lost in the back of my brain, had a Lite Brite.

I didn't.

I coveted that Lite Brite with every bit of covetousness in my little-girl soul. It was the height of toy cool. She followed the patterns provided on the slickery black paper, but I knew I could do so much MORE with that Lite Brite. The magic of those little bright colored light pins. You could make a dragon. A train. Flowers. Fish! Not only could you make art, you could LIGHT IT UP!

I'm sure I must have begged for one, but for whatever reason, there was never one under the tree or in the birthday wrap.

After college, for my 25th birthday, my friends got me one. O joy! It became a prominent part of the living room decor, the picture changing to suit the mood or the theme of the latest party. It came to Sweden with us, but was quickly relegated to the attic, because we couldn't afford to have it run on a transformer indefinitely. I just found out that modern Lite Brite's are battery-powered. It's back on my wish list. :)

Last night, I picked up Martin from a friend's house and it was dark, cold and clear when we got home. Martin asked me how many stars there were. Lots, I replied, Too many to count. We looked up at the sky. The light pegs of Orion were gleaming low to the southeast, a cosmic Lite Brite overhead.

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I remember those :) And it was *the* toy to have!

Oh...I always wanted a lite brite. :(

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order one now! they're battery powered! You don't have to worry about cables and plugs and transformers. :) And they have CUBES! coooooooooool!

I made a picture on the online one. I feel muchly satisfied now. :)

Fellow covetess...

I had the same problem. I covetted a Lite Brite intensely for years. Then, I found one under the Christmas Tree one morning. My dad had even gone to the trouble of putting up a design on it. Bless him. I pretty much ignored all other presents for this one triumph. Then, I just completely lost interest. I'm not sure why... I don't really remember. I think I lost alot of the pegs or the bulb blew without replacement or some other such horrid sin.

I think now, it would definately be more fun than when I was a kid. My attention span has grown as I have. I never was a super-creative kid. I was too busy being curious instead and being an outrageous tomboy. *heh*

Thanks for kicking off the nostagia though. :) My memory cells are tingling.

Re: Fellow covetess...

How sweet of your dad!! :)

Hm, I know I had one, but I don't think I did a lot with it. It wasn't messy enough. :)

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and it didn't leave ink stains on your fingers :D

I loved lite brite! My sister always wanted to use the patterns, but I just wanted to make things freeform. The pegs reminded me of those plastic bracelets that had triangular beads that nested one into the next.

And btw, my best friend in elementary school had a milkbox, too. She was tiny enough to crawl through it into the house--but it had to be left propped open on the inside for her to accomplish this feat. Hers was the only house in Brooklyn I ever saw with a milkbox. I coveted it.

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I can't remember crawling into my grandparent's, but I'm sure we could have at one point. :D I do remember throwing things down the laundry chute (and threatening my little brother that he was next).

You're really good at description, you know... So vivid...

Yes, Light Brite. Spoiled only child. I had one, of course.

The only thing I remember making is the KISS logo! Weird kid...

Unfortunately, the online version almost triggered a migraine for me! Oh well... guess I'll have to hunt up a dusty one on Ebay... :D

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lucky dog! :) thanks for the compliments, I'm blushing. Migraine!? ow...sorry!! I spent a little too much time playing on that darn thing today. :D


I loved reading this! I remember one of my cousins having a Lite Brite and he wouldn't let me play with it!! :p

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I hope you came up with a suitably nasty and satisfying punishment for him! :D

I loved mine! I made all sorts of patterns. The new ones are cool because several kids can play with it at once as it has multiple sides.

(Anonymous)

Ok- ok. I know that couldn't have appeared on your Wish lists year after year, after- I know I would have given in sometime! welll.....then again there ARE THOUSANDS AND BILLIONS OF little teeny tiny pieces which I'm sure I didn't want to be picking up!!!!

About the milk box- ours actually opened over the basement stairs - although there was a little shelf IF you were careful. But I do remeber crawling through a neighbor's one time when they didn't have their key- theirs opened onto the kitchen counter- safer, but still awkward! And I agree with the laundry chute, I would always get one put in IF I ever build a laundry downstarirs- what a work saver! And somewhere in the last -oh I don't know for sure -10 years??? I met someone who had done that!!! Most people your age don't even know what they are! Mom

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I don't know if it was on my wish lists year after year, haha! And hmmm....that line about THOUSANDS AND BILLIONS of little teeny pieces is making me rethink things. Maybe I should wait until the kids are older. :P

Funny about the milk box, I couldn't remember the inside as well...which explains it if it was the basement stairs. I knew the kitchen was on the side of the house. :)

(Anonymous)

HAHAHAHA I got rachel one for Christmas this year!!! It is the cube so maybe if you remind me I will bring it with this summer. I tried to get martin one but had no access to the battery operated one Before Xmas. And yes Mom it is MANY HUNDREDS of little pieces to pick up. And you know how Bryce loves to throw stuff around. S

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Well, then, we can continue the tradition of envy. My kids can be envious of yours cuz they have a Lite Brite and we don't...yet. :)

I remember lugging that Lite Bright all over creation! It was much fun, though.

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:P I knew you'd laugh :)

My sister and I always wanted a Lite Brite when we were young but we never got one. :(

Years later, my nieces have that new-fangled Lite Brite. Good thing it's a cube so we can ALL play.

This Lite Brite simulator is the coolest thing!!!

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I think that Cube is a GREAT idea. I'll have to see if I can find one here in Sweden.

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