“The Toy Store”

“The toy store always delighted them. A tether-ball set stood outside it, and, oftentimes, one saw kids smacking the ball back and forth with each other, while their parents took a welcome break on the nearby bench. The window panes in the store teemed with serried stuffed animals, beach buckets and shovels, toy trucks and superhero action figures. A rack by the front door displayed an assortment of dress finery: chiffon-like princess skirts, silky red capes, full-length velveteen dresses, sequined bodices, and pirate pantaloons. Two nearby boxes brimmed with toy rapiers and foils, Wiffle-ball bats, magic wands, and lightsabers. If the hardware store stood at one end of the welcoming spectrum, the toy store occupied the other. Even adults were tempted to come close to examine the windows and reminisce about their own childhood games and fantasies. Anyone who had even temporary charge of some children took pleasure in leading them into the store to peruse its wide variety of amusing objects.”

Richard Maddox

Richard Dietrich Maddox's writing focuses on the search for permanent happiness, the goal of finding paradise on earth, the attainment of human Enlightenment. His work, though fiction, attempts to convey the profound spiritual Truth passed on to humanity by Enlightened Masters. Maddox approaches spiritual wisdom from a Western level of experience, presenting characters to whom readers can easily relate, offering situations in which readers might well have found themselves. His work offers, in a style which those living in the West will find understandable, the possibility of blissful existence.

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