when i was a small child, my family lived in the village. it was just after the war, and many usually made our own toys, or we played with the animals or insects around our house. we looked for crickets or snakes during the summer afternoon. at might we went out to the fields to catch fireflies. sometimes we just played with sand, rocks, tree branches, or small birds. in contrast, a visit to a big toy store in the city today is very eciting. there are so many different toys to see, hear, and touch that i always feel like being a small child again.