Breasts and Eggs: Nostalgia

n Chapter 5 “Up All Night Talking” on pg. 91, Makiko and Natsuko engage in some nostalgia over their childhood. They remember when their mother would come home late:
Maliki: “I remember the times she came home drunk and woke us up, then we all had chicken ramen.” Natsuko: “Yeah, totally. Hot dogs and instant ramen in the middle of the night. That’s why I got so fat.”
You have probably engaged in conversations like this with siblings or friends about a time gone. In a podcast interview with expert Krystine Batcho, Batcho explains: “I’m pretty faithful to the origins of the word nostalgia. The word was coined or invented a long time ago, over 300 years ago, and originally designated homesickness. Well, semantic drift over the centuries has broadened that to the notion of longing for or missing aspects of a person’s personal lived past” (Luna). 
She goes on to explain that nostalgia serves a purpose of unifying our self and our identity to others as well as our own past and present. It allows us to connect this version of ourself with a previous version that helped shape us. Usually, it’s a sweet feeling, but there is a bitterness to it, making it “bittersweet,” because there is the notion that we cannot regain that previous experience or feeling. It is no longer available to us now (Luna). 
We can feel nostalgia in a variety of ways. This can happen over food, music, books, or a common one, childhood toys. Certain video games, like Qbert, capture a particular window of time for a particular group of people at a certain age.
Question(s): What are some childhood toys that inspire nostalgia in you? What toys do you feel define your generation in which other generations simply will not understand ? Though each generation has its own toys that no other generation has had, many generations are adamant that their toys were special in some way. Why do you think that is?
Works Cited
Luna, Kaitlin. “Does Nostalgia have a Psychological Purpose?” Speaking of Psychology, Episode 93, APA, November 2019.