Monday, December 13, 2010

fisher and price

many moons ago, when i was in 4th grade, i met a little gal named nancy jane. now, nancy jane was nice and sweet but best of all, she was an only child (cue the hallelujah chorus). i was the third child in a family of four children and what i really wanted to be was ALONE! ok, not all the time, but mostly when the others were teasing me or when i wanted mom to myself or when i wanted more than my share of devil dogs or when i was tired of sharing a bedroom.

so, yeah, nancy had the whole shebang to herself- her parents, her room, all the devil dogs, all the toys and even a really cool playhouse in the back yard. oh, and no siblings to tease her. so, needless to say, i thought nancy was SO lucky and pretty much wanted to be her.

but the best thing about nancy jane, besides being nancy jane, were her toys. she seemed to have a LOT of toys, all the toys i wanted anyway. (see this blog post) the best of the best were her fisher-price little people toys. she had 'em all- the camper, the house, the houseboat, the ferris wheel, the farm, the jet, the school, whatever- a whole fisher-price village!!!

and i know, right about now, you are thinking "wait, didn't she say they met in 4th grade? isn't that, like, too old for fisher-price little people?" and, okay, ordinarily i would agree, but in this case, since we are talking about me, i would say "no, no it is not!" because for some reason, nance and i just clicked when it came to the fisher-price thing. it also was kind of fate because my last name was fis(c)her and hers was, okay, not price but she maybe wished it was! so when we played, i was fisher (go figure) and she was price and that's how we addressed each other while we were playing. and this did not seem weird or strange to us, although i do remember getting some teasing about the whole fisher-price thing when my older sis found out.

me(on the left with freckles) and nancy jane
fast forward many years to our 20 year high school reunion. when joanne fischer and nancy jane (not price) met up again, what did they talk about? their fond memories of that long ago time of innocence and the hours spent playing fisher and price. and it still did not seem weird or strange.

here's to ya, nance!!

merry christmas from the jensens
bilbo, joanne, kaye, elle, t.willie and buster

grateful today for:
1. snow!
2. fond memories
3. once again having a chance to play with those fisher-price friends


  1. Hey, Fisher?
    Yes, Price?
    This isn't weird, right?
    No, of course it's not. But don't tell anybody.

  2. LOL I'm sittin' here just chuckling...
    And you're sharing with t.willie????

  3. What a nice and lovely story Joanne! Such fond and sweet memories you have to cherish!

  4. I didn't have FP toys I am a little too old - I had those wishniks and a house for them and clothes and everything. Oh and my stuffed animals - those were my big toys!! I also had lots of art things and those paint by numbers using fuzzy powder, that of course they would never sell now a days - I remember making those fuzzy pictures and discovering the word 'scarlet' and then promptly fell in love with the names of colors.

  5. What an AWESOME story! And I have the FP house too!!!!!!! Loveeeeeeeeeeeeee it!! Thanks for visiting my blog today! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  6. meant "I HAD that FP house too!" lol! :):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):):)

  7. Lovely toy themed blog Jo, love the Fisher Price family you made :) Fisher Price were not around when I was little, but I love that you can still get in touch with your inner child and let her out to play. I always spoil my inner child at Christmas :) and she loves it! LOL Hugs to all Jensens! xxxooo

  8. I love those toys, too - and I too was super envious of my 'only child' friends and their sweet gigs!
    I played with those toys for a long time, too because I had a younger brother who inherited all my little wood friends (yep, I remember when they were made of wood!) I had the schoolhouse, the houseboat and the A-frame house. I actually picked up the circa. 71' schoolhouse at a flea market for my kids and they still play with it. Love the familiar ring of that bell.
    Thanks again for the memories Joanne!