|Mr. Potato Head (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Mr. Potato Head
A couple of years ago after going to bed one night I mentioned to my wife that I wished I were Mr. Potato Head. I had been experiencing some odd discomfort concerning my ears and arms when trying to go to sleep and I began thinking how it would be much more comfortable if I could remove my arms and ears in order to sleep better. The Mr. Potato Head toy immediately came to mind.
My wife found my statement to be enormously funny and fell into a fit of laughter. Having grown up in Ecuador she had never encountered the toy called Mr. Potato Head so she had no idea what I was talking about. Just the term Mr. Potato Head was enough to set her off.
Most of you are probably at least familiar with the Mr. Potato Head toy character in the Toy Story films. He's obviously a post-1962 Mr. Potato Head since the plastic body didn't appear on the scene until that date. When I received my Mr. Potato Head toy in the 1950's there were only body part pieces that you could stick into potatoes or other vegetables, fruits, or whatever in order to create comic characters.
When I saw this toy advertised on television I pestered my mother until she bought me one. I'm not sure if she gave it to me for my birthday or Christmas, but eventually I was the proud owner of an official Mr. Potato Head. Like many toys that I received as a child, I don't remember much about actually playing with this. After all, there are only so many memories to be had from sticking eyes, ears, noses, and other body parts into a vegetable. Besides, my mother probably didn't give me that many vegetables to play with in those leaner days when my parents were starting out in life and food was not meant to be played with.
The Mr. Potato Head body parts probably lingered in my toy box for years after that with a piece disappearing here or there as the months passed. Later my brother and sister got their own Potato Heads with the new addition of the plastic head/body that was much more practical than using some old real potato that would get pretty nasty after a period of skewering it with plastic body parts.
Most of us have probably had a Mr. or Mrs. Potato Head at sometime in our lives. At least those of us who lived in countries where they are sold and that is probably most of the world by now. It's a rather odd little toy when you think about it, but a clever idea as well. I don't know if kids like simple things like this in today's technological world. Now Mr. Potato Head is probably a character in a computer game capable of far more amazing things than merely having facial features plugged in so he can stand around looking inanimate. The computer games can bring the guy to life and kids can dispense with their imaginations and just let the software take over their little Potato Head brains.
Back to that silly night two years ago, my wife laughed even more when I explained the story of who Mr. Potato Head was and what could be done with him. We giggled ourselves silly as I described being able to remove my arms and ears for the night and setting them on the nightstand until I was ready to use them again the next day.
|Mr Potato Head (Photo credit: Stuart Bryant)|
Mr. Potato Head was the man of tomorrow. The future of what we might all become one day. Mr. Potato Head, once the man of tomorrow, is now the man of today. Mr. Potato Head is here! I am Mr. Potato Head!
My wife and I laughed until the images faded into our sleepy brains and we fell into a vegetated state like two cozy potatoes.
Did you have a Mr.Potato Head when you were a child? Do you ever wish you had Potato Head powers? What stupid thing has gotten you into a laughing fit?