When passing by a gumball machine, I always check to
see what is offered, and every once in a while find
something that captures my interest. It doesen't matter
if it's tiny plastic creatures, flicker rings or small rubber
balls, it's always more fun when it comes out of one of
Even though my friends find it odd at first, they always
end up getting some to keep by their computer or desk
at work. Finding one in a drawer always brightens up
the most mundane environment.
I've always loved the shapes, and how light formed on them when moved around a lamp. But during my adult life I've learned that they serve as memory triggers for a lot of people. Seeing one they had as a kid, immediately brings them back to that point in their life. I never thought about that, but I do remember what I was doing and where I got every random piece of small plastic I have.