This is a Show and Tell that is linked to Bacon’s Piglove.
The object we want for today is the, “toy that I hated the most.” I sure hated one toy that my mom and dad gave me but would love to have it now.
We’ll set the scene first. Here I am a 5 year old blonde active as hell child. Walking down the narrow streets of Soest Germany, gnawing on a big slab of Cervelat salami. Talking my mothers ear off. One summer day mom and dad decided to go to Paris and left us kids home with a babysitter for 3 days. Mom and dad came home with toys for us…us, being my bro and me. I don’t know what bro got but I received a Mecki doll. This was in the 1950’s when Mecki was at his climax of popularity, at least with German children. I was an army brat, living on the base or as mom called it….”Married Quarters.” Being a Canadian army brat….I didn’t associate with those off the base so had no idea of Mecki. There was no TV then…it was pretty well the dark ages and word of mouth seemed to be the best way to publicize toys. Mecki was very famous but I didn’t know. I just knew he looked ugly and didn’t do anything. Mecki was a hedgehog….I’d never heard of a hedgehog let alone one made to play with. Every time I touched him, his spikes would stick into me and mom said he would be valuable one day. So? By the time this ugly hedgehog was valuable I’d be dead….she said 30 more years…..that’s old!!
I don’t know what ever happened to Mecki but after I got married, I looked for him but he was gone. Perhaps he went to a young child my mom thought could benefit from a hedgehog.