The Toy That Couldn’t — Tricky Tommy Turtle

The Toy That Couldn’t — Tricky Tommy Turtle

The Toy That Couldn’t — Tricky Tommy Turtle   It was the ONLY toy I wanted that year. 1967. Tricky Tommy Turtle. Oh yeah, I wanted that toy badly. I’d watch television all day just to see the commercial. I was a starry eyed seven year old back in the olden days, as my children refer to them. As I watched the commercial each time, my excitement about finding that toy under the Christmas tree exploded within my little beating heart. Tell me, if you were my age, and saw this commercial, wouldn’t you want this beautiful toy? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLGiI_ltQRE Remember, I was seven years old and I believed in Santa Claus. So I sat down before I even considered doing any homework and wrote my letter to the jolly old man with the colorful red suit and addressed it to the North Pole. All I remember writing in that letter was, “I only want Tommy Turtle. I don’t need any other toy. Please give me Tommy Turtle.” I was so desperate to get Tommy Turtle,  I even altered my behavior, quite a big task when all you know is fun. I quit teasing my older sister. I did my homework when I was told to do so. I ate that awful liver my mother served. I even pretended to enjoy it. Heck, I even ate the carrots. I drank my milk. Kept my room neat.  Went to bed on time.  Faked sleeping when my parents checked on me at night. Brushed my teeth. Cleaned behind my ears. I even studied for my tests…without much resistance. I was THE model...