Cranks My Tractor

Published: Tuesday, December 31, 2013 at 09:26 AM.

We all have had similar experiences.

We think we find the perfect gift for a child – only to find that the child prefers playing with, on or in the box the gift came in.  My Papa sold Motorola televisions and he knew it.  As a matter of fact, he saved boxes for us.

It was not uncommon for us to have a 6-10 television box fort/house/castle out in Papa’s yard. 

After getting this many cardboard television boxes all hooked together at the same time, it was truly a mansion and living in extravagance.  I didn’t realize it at the time.  However, I did realize times were good. 

How many grandparents would hand a child a butcher knife and tell them to “Have a good time”?  You needed the butcher knife to cut holes in the cardboard boxes for windows, doors and light in general. 

It gets dark inside of a television box. 

My Papa was truly a brilliant man in so many ways.  So many folks don’t understand the importance of what they truly do give children.  With so many electronic games and phones and music devices, the imagination part sometimes gets forgotten.

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