So I turned them into Christmas ornaments. I owe credit for this idea to an old friend who used to transform the beautiful little items he found at flea markets into ornaments using floral wire. Floral wire is dark green and easy to twist around an evergreen branch, and you can loop it just as readily around a tiny bear's paw as you can around the body of a nice tin racecar.
The ancient Greeks believed that when heroes died, they became constellations, residing for all eternity in the sky. That's kind of what it's like at my house now with old toys. When they die, they go someplace glorious and bright, where they can be gazed upon and admired—but just for a month. Come January, I'm happy to see them go.
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