July 25, 1981
I look at this picture, and it is hard for me to understand that this was almost 30 years ago. Many of the people I count as friends today didn't even exist at this moment in time. I still remember what it was like to be this 9 year old - both the good and the bad. In some ways, I envy him. But in others, I am glad I never have to go back.
The toy is a Kraken from CLASH OF THE TITANS. The Kraken made his home in our attic for many years, but along the way, I promised him to my friend Eric if I ever decided to part with him. That day came a couple of years later, but I had a little bit of trouble catching up with Eric to pass it along to him. This led to the comedic sight of the Kraken tagging along in the trunk of my car! When I finally gave Eric the Kraken, his eyes lit up like a kid at Christmas. He told me that he still occupies a place of honor on his shelf. I think Eric has gotten even more joy out of the Kraken than I ever did.
Have a good day, folks. No, seriously. It's my day. I command it.