Transforming Into A Bunch Of Kids

Ron Nagasawa
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Wednesday - July 11, 2007
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Independence Day is a special day for my entire extended family. It was my father’s favorite holiday because he was the ultimate patriot. He instilled that sense of patriotism in all of us and we have carried it on even through the years after his passing.

My wife’s family is the same way, so we always get together on the Fourth of July to mark the simple greatness of our country and the sacrifices of so many to keep it great. July 4 is also the birthday of my wife’s twin nephews - a real pair of firecrackers.

Their parents planned a party for their sixth birthday and the theme was in coordination with the July 4 opening of The Transformers. In case you were in a coma some years ago, the movie is based on a cartoon about alien robots disguised as different vehicles.

It was huge back in the early ‘80s and had a resurgence when our now 18-year-old son was about 7. He and I were looking forward to this party, as I believe everyone had bought Transformer toys as birthday presents for the twins.

Sure enough, nearly every gift they opened was a Transformer toy. The toys of today, however, are so sophisticated that you would think they’re made for adults. I mean they had robot masks where, if you speak while wearing them, your voice sounds like a robot!

Another thing the boys received were these trucks that converted into sponge dart-shooting guns that were so cool. The toys needed assembly, so us guys started to put them together for the boys. Of course, we had to test them out to be sure they worked properly.

The next thing we knew, we were having an all out battle as Optimus Prime vs. Megatron while singing through the masks, “Transformers, robots in disguise!” The twins started crying because we would-n’t give them back their birthday gifts.

Finally, the women had to step in and scold us into giving up the toys. I guess we went a little overboard. But hey, if they come out with a new He-Man, Masters of the Universe movie, we’re all over it.


Lori Y. Furoyama of the Center on the Family at UH-Manoa is getting the word out on the Dolly Parton Imagination Library. The Imagination Library will provide free, high quality, age-appropriate books every month to participating children up to age 4 who live in Imagination Library designated communities:

Let me check out your library of favorite websites. Send them to me at:

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