I Remember GI Joe

One of my favorite toys when I was a kid was my GI Joe. I think I ended up with two eventually, but the one that I played with most often had this lifelike red hair and beard. He was a navy Joe, and he had the sailor hat and the dungarees. He was just a basic Joe without a pull-string to make him talk or kung-fu grip action. I had totally forgotten about him until I was searching some Dungeons and Dragons related blogs and came upon a picture of this Joe, and had a flood of childhood memories wash over me like Gatorade on game day.

I believe that this Joe was part of a special collector’s club set that was released in 2004. The collector’s club set includes the original packaging and everything. Very cool for folks who are overcome with nostalgia.

What I found interesting was just how much I suddenly remembered about my childhood the moment I saw this GI Joe. Isn’t it funny how we all have those triggers that can lead to the retrieval of long lost periods of life. Each moment of our lives is a tiny bit of personal history that can be lost in our squishy pink hardware until some chance event reconnects that moment with our now.

Like the sands of the hourglass….