6/29/2018 - I was a Toys R Us kid, along with my twin sister. My kid is one, too. I say "is" because I bought several things for her at the closing sale that she'll get on her birthday next month.
The idea of Toys R Us going out of business didn't seem real, even as I browsed the emptying shelves, until I saw this photo of Geoffrey the Giraffe with the suitcase this morning. It was tagged "The Saddest Picture You'll See Today". Very sad, indeed.
Tomorrow, all Toys R Us stores will officially close. Savannah's was already closed by mid-week because had shoppers emptied the store.
The Toys R Us website is done, too, showing a farewell message on the home page(see photo below). My eyes watered when I read it.
I remember how thrilled I would get when mom took us to the Toys R Us store on Rt. 22 in New Jersey. One toy I remember my sister getting there was called 2XL, considered the first "smart toy"(see ad below).
The Toys R Us jingle is embedded in my brain, as I'm sure it is for many kids of my generation. Just because the stores are closed, that doesn't mean I'll forget the catchy tune. Or the store that fueled the kid inside of me.
Farewell, Toys R Us. Thank you for the good fun.
I may be grown-up, but in my heart I'll always be a Toys R Us Kid!
PS: I still have some of the toys I got from Toys R Us, as well as a jewelry box with a Toys R Us price tag on it that Santa left me when I was 7 or 8. Mom told me that sometimes Santa's elves got really busy so he'd get help from Geoffrey and the gang. ;-)