Childhood Friends, Deer Pure and Evil #ThrowbackThursday

Before I married them, The Big Girls (Charlie’s daughters by his late wife) had all but one of the sets of Richard Scarry’s Puzzletown. They had Dr. Lion’s Medical Center (featuring Flossie the patient), Farmer Alfalfa’s Farm (featuring Mooy the cow), Mayor Fox’s Town Center (featuring the dashing Sgt. Murphy), and Lowly Worm’s Rail and Roadway (featuring, surprisingly enough, Lowly Worm). Don’t ask me why they didn’t have Huckle Cat’s Family Cottage, because I don’t know. I do know some of the pieces of the ones they did have were missing because they vanished down the heat registers during spirited play.

They’re all available for purchase on eBay.

But that isn’t what I’m posting about.

When The Big Girls were too big to play Richard Scarry with me, #4 Daughter was just big enough. We spent hours building bizarre variations and combinations of the sets, and playing scenarios with the figures. Lowly Worm was always a hero, and so was Sgt. Murphy. Mooy could swing either way. Flossie was always up to some mischief.

The figures who came with the sets weren’t enough for the large-scale productions we usually came up with, which often featured kidnappings and train hijackings. We gathered small figures from wherever we could scrounge them and pressed them into service.

Jojo the monkey repeatedly hijacked the train, sometimes with Flossie’s connivance and sometimes with her as an innocent victim.

And there were these.

Deer Pure and Evil

Pure and EvilOne of these deer is Pickles and one is Freckles. I think the one crouched to pounce is Pickles. She was always eating the garden and holding up banks and whatever. Freckles was pathologically shy. Eventually, they evened out a bit, with Pickles less gangsta and Freckles less dysfunctional.

And the dog? The ghastly dog is Bruce, the Collie Without a Flaw.

A WRITING PROMPT FOR YOU: What games did your main character play as a child?



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “Childhood Friends, Deer Pure and Evil #ThrowbackThursday

  1. Jane

    February 5, 2015 at 11:47am

    Great games amighty!

    Iiiii think I liked Sorry! the best, because it combined chance with some skill. That way no one got as mad as in pure skill games. My family never liked being out foxed!

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      Marian Allen

      February 5, 2015 at 11:55am

      Oh, you guys should have played Coup d’Etat! Dealer chooses which form of the game you play. Player who gets the Coup card can secretly play A DIFFERENT GAME and look like they’re losing but really be WINNING. And it’s more important for all the players to gang up and make the winner lose than it is to play to win. That’s how we played it, anyway. FANTASTIC game!

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