Pierrot the Clown
They were happy shoppers at our local thrift shop,
chosing fun additions to our tickle trunk.
Mr. Dressup was airing daily when I was a youngster, and years later, a show my own children have enjoyed over the years as well, that is when we had cable television (there is none here in our location),watching the ever popular puppets, "Casey and Finnigan" with their brilliantly imagined adventures.
Mr. Dressup's tickle trunk
Never mind the children, I loved watching Mr. Dressup draw on his art easel, tell stories, make believe in the garden with the puppets and (my favorite part) search inside the trickle trunk for perfect dress up costumes. I am so excited to recently find out about Mr. Dressup's timeless classic children's broadcasts beginning to trickle in on offered DVDs, shown below. What a hoot! And, aside from other legends such as "Mr. Rogers" and "Fred Penner", we still prefer Mr. Dressup hands down to this day! A trivia item for you to end this blurb: Mr. Dressup was the best man at Mr. Roger's real-life wedding.
Mr. Dressup DVDs now available
WE have our own version of a tickle trunk, a trunk my mother and husband secretly sanded, painted and fully restored for me long, long ago now (I was 17 years old then), and one that initially stored hopechest items (quilts and matching pillows my mother made, and engagement gifts), clothes for our children to grow into, and then followed by clothes they grew out of awaiting the next child to use. Then, it became the tickle trunk! It has within it a built in removable drawer sitting on the top of the actual inside trunk, so we can store the smaller hard to find items in it, like gloves and accessories. But, deep inside the antique restored treasure itself, there are glorious playtime outfits, old dance costumes and enough hats to become whoever the children desire to be. They love to pick and choose clothing to represent historical figures (like the playmobil I wrote about before doubling as live renditions instead of toys), interesting characters from their assigned living literature stories, Bible or Saint heroes we read about and celebrate feast days with, all th while, loving every moment of the dress up challenge. The children and the grandchildren often make us guess who they are, but there is never a shortage around here of make believe, historical re-enactments, and the like.
Earlier this month we visited several small local thrift stores (we loathe places like
After a fluffy washing and dry, here are two of the new outfits for inclusion into our "trickle trunk" fun.
She just had to have this costume,
a true bunny lover now and forever!
See my tail?
The moral of the story for them is; the good guy always outweighs and beats the bad guy, saving the day. A good versus evil story ending for all to ponder.
Ah, one thing is certain. Whether on Mr. Dressup, or within the privacy of our own residences, our children will naturally dream of things to play, become inspired by people they will choose to mimic and we must allow for that imagination to overtake our homes when the moment occurs, transforming it into a wonderland for them to remember these times in the future.