Feeling Stretched

Feeling stretched these days?

I had a Stretch Armstrong as a kid. Remember that toy?

My neighbor and best friend, MG, and I played with that toy a lot. Stretch Armstrong, however, was quite a simple toy.
He was an extremely muscular figure – probably steroid induced but Kenner did not mention that on the box – that could be stretched greatly. In fact, no matter how much Stretch Armstrong was pulled the plastic rubber figure would return to its original shape.
You can be sure that MG and I spent many hours seeing just how far Stretch Armstrong would stretch. We each would take an arm or leg of Stretch and then move in opposite directions. Yet, whatever we did, Stretch Armstrong would snap back and return to his original shape.
Stretching Stretch Armstrong as far as we could provided us with hours of joy. Ahh, those were the days.
Fast forward to the current time. I am being stretched like MG and I use to Stretch Armstrong. Between work, home life, and extra curriculars, I feel overwhelmed. Things are being put off, done poorly, or slipping through the cracks completely.
Each weekend, I try to pull it together and return to my normal shape like Stretch. Unfortunately, I think I am becoming amorphous.
Please people, if you have any tips so that I can regain my shape, do share.

P.S. Stretch Armstrong did eventually break. I don’t want to break.



  1. Sorry to hear you’re overextended. Usually in times like those, something has to go. Of course, determining what that something is can be difficult, if not impossible. Hopefully things will smooth out for you soon. 🙁

    • Thanks. I am really hoping this weekend will help me turn the corner. In terms of getting rid of something, that would be hard to determine.

  2. I have no advice – but I’ll send you some good energy as you find your balance! It’s not fun when you feel so stretched out!

  3. Between Stretch, Plastic Man, and being a dad, I’ve done my share of stretching as well. Those two guys made returning to normal look so easy. The best I can say is to find some release point so that “unbreakable” rubber we’re made out of gets a rest from time to time.

  4. I never had one of these as a kid, and I feel like I probably missed out on something wonderful.

    But I completely empathize with your stretch-outedness, which is why the blogging had to take a back seat for a while. I have far more productive and fruitful things to be working on!

    Will things get better in a few weeks when school is done? Or do you just have a new pile of responsibilities that attack?

    • To answer the questions in the last paragraph, I hope I can handle it before the school year ends but I think I need a better system.
      P.S. You would have loved that toy!

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