There is a new toy at our house, and it doesn’t involve quilting! I cannot explain it, but I find it irresistible.
I have great memories of sewing as a very young child and as a teenager. We also played cards and games, and we enjoyed building and making things–forts, playhouses, costumes, knitted scarves, yards of spool cord, doll clothes—anything at all.
I have a vague memory of a plastic contraption that could be constructed with a pathway for small balls to roll along. The ball dropped down from level to level, flipped a teeter-totter, turned a gear, etc. I don’t know what happened to that toy but it stayed in my mind. Over the years, I have looked for something comparable for gifts, but I did not know what it was called—a marble railway!
My cousin has a bright and beautiful little girl who will be four this month. She is a great little kid, and I wanted something special for her. This should be just perfect.
I am in love with this toy. I will deliver it to Sarah in time for her big day, but I think I have to buy another one for me—maybe more than one set for a longer track. I don’t understand why it is so compelling. I feel good just looking at it, so for the next week or so, it will sit on the corner of my desk, ready for me to rattle a marble or ten down the track.
The parts are ingenious: color-coded, well made, easy to rearrange. Everything came nicely packed in a strong box, but there was no plastic packaging. The marbles and small parts are stored in a small cloth drawstring bag. It is nice that there is not a lot of packaging to throw away (at Inklingo, we like Green stuff), and–even better–unless my cousin reads my blog, I don’t think she will be able to tell that I have been playing with it. I can put everything back in the box just the way it came. I promise not to lose any of the 50 marbles. (10 in each of five great colors!)
I found this “Marble Railway” by Quadrilla through Fat Brain on Amazon (no affiliation). According to Quadrilla, it is only suitable for people between 4 and 99. Luckily, that includes me. (There are small parts, so it is not designed for very small children–choking hazard.)
Monkey understands. If only I could explain the attraction to Russ, who thinks I’ve lost it. Maybe if I translate the concept into a quilt. . .
Thanks for dropping by.
Linda & Monkey