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...
Nick Knitley & The SockKids Will Be At Licensing Show

Nick Knitley & The SockKids Will Be At Licensing Show

Nick Knitley and The SockKids will be attending the 2017 Licensing show in Las Vegas from May 22nd-May 25th. Creator Michael John Sullivan and Marketing and Promotion Director Shelley Larkin will be available to meet interested parties in our animation series. Please email us at michaeljohnsullivan62@gmail.com We look forward to meeting...
Teenager Speaks Out On Cyberbullying

Teenager Speaks Out On Cyberbullying

Teenager Speaks Out On Cyberbullying My name is Jewel Edwards, I’m 17 years old and I am a witness as well as a victim to Cyber Bullying. Like most teenagers, I enjoy the internet. When I hop onto my electronics I emerge myself into the Cyber World. From multiplayer games, to simply texting, or engaging in regular social media activities.This takes up a large portion of my everyday life. Recently, as some of you know, I’ve been quite ill. Some results of my illness included me having multiple seizures, appetite loss, and various other things. What most people don’t know is what happens while on these sites, apps, & so fourth, but I do. Very recently, someone I was dating ended our relationship, and it took a turn for the worst. He started shaming my appearance, and making fun of the small tooth gap I have, which he knows I’m extremely sensitive about. But this was merely a breeze compared to what came next. While him & I were together I had the first seizure of my life, and some of his friends did not believe that I was telling the truth. While in the hospital my mother took a video of my seizing to show my biological father who no longer lives with us. When I was stable, I took that video and sent it to my boyfriend because I trusted him. I wanted him to be able to tell his friends that I wasn’t lying. He promised not to show anyone the video and told me he had deleted it shortly after I sent it to him,...
Names For Stuffed Animals And School Questions

Names For Stuffed Animals And School Questions

Names For Stuffed Animals And School Questions   By Susan Petrone All through elementary school, I was one of three “Susans” in my grade (and one “Suzanne”). We also had five “Johns” and a few “Michaels.” Names are different now. There are Brookes and Jordans (or “Jordyn,” and they’re all girls) and Brandons and Dylans. No Susans. No Johns (or Jons). Name trends are funny things. You can track my daughter’s maturity level by the names she’s given various stuffed animals and dolls throughout her life. The pink blanket she was given as a baby (and still sleeps with) is, appropriately enough, named “Blankie.” One of her pillow pets is named “Purplish Unicorn.” I leave it to your fine powers of deduction to imagine what this pillow pet looks like. As she’s grown older, the names have become a bit more original. The American Girl doll Bitty Baby my sister gave her when she was three is named “Baby Reindeer.” That is, perhaps, my favorite doll name of all time. The uber-adorable pink flowered Webkinz pig is named “Mercy” (after Mercy Watson, from the wonderful book series by Kate DeCamillo). And the big-girl American Girl doll that my other sister gave her is named “Ken-Yan.” I’m not sure where this name came from, but I like it. My kid has what might be termed an old-fashioned name (one that’s now seeing a huge resurgence, which I didn’t see coming when we named her). What can I say? I like to kick it old school. And I’m kind of a nerd. She’s a nerd in training. Case in point: I...
Becoming A Parent In 37 Easy Steps

Becoming A Parent In 37 Easy Steps

Becoming A Parent in 37 Easy Steps By Susan Petrone We always celebrate the anniversary of my daughter’s “Gotcha Day.” That was the day we met–the day we became a family.  The day I became a parent. Most people become parents the old-fashioned way. There are really only two steps . Step 1: Get pregnant. Step  2: Deliver a baby. Yes, there are all sorts of doctors appointments and stuff along the way, but that’s the gist of the process as designed by Mr. Spock. Simple, logical, and straightforward. The process by which I became a parent was designed Rube Goldberg (or maybeM.C. Escher) . It went kind of like this. Step 1: Yay, we want to have a family! Attempt traditional step 1. Step 2: Step 1 does not work. Consider other options. Step 3: Take a bunch of tests to see why Step 1 does not work. Steps 4-7: Attempt various medically induced methods of achieving Step 1. Step 8: Cry a lot. Step 9: Realize that the love in our hearts does not need to be confined to bio-kids. Step 10: Decide to adopt. Step 11: Go to parenting certification classes through county. Step 12: Complete home study with county social worker, who inspects your house and has to ask some very personal questions. Step 13: Wait around for county to match you with a child. Step 14: Get disappointed a few times and wait some more. Step 15: Switch to a private adoption agency. Step 16: Make the decision to go with an international adoption. Step 17: Repeat Step 12. Step  18: Fill out a...