Yesterday, Toys R Us announced it will close all of its stores and no longer Be. Last night, anyone who grew up in the 70s/80s/90s slept curled around memory shadows of Kid Sister dolls and Ninja Turtle hot wheels and that Thing that you put around one of your Ankles and then Swing it around and Jump over it. All we can do now is Remember, and work out how to explain what it Was to our future kids. Something like:
US: Toys R Us was a big toy store / that
FUTURE KID: What’s store?
US: A big place that sells things —
FUTURE KID: Like internet?
US: No, it’s a big physical, actual place that you go to buy things.
FUTURE KID: Like Amazon?
US: Yes, but you walk into it. With your body.
FUTURE KID: By why not just order it online?
US: Because that was part of it, the going and the looking and the choosing.
FUTURE KID: Hmmm.
US: You’re blinking a lot, what is it, is there something in your eye?
FUTURE KID: Nope! I Just bought myself a new video game.
US: WITH YOUR EYE?!
(A package THUMPS on the front step.)
FUTURE KID: OFF TO SAVE VIRTUAL WORLD, BYE!