Wednesday, September 13, 2006
I was reading a friend's blog, Ms Bees Knees, and she was telling a story about when she was a child and took some Barbie high heels that she wanted for her gal, Barbie, from a store, only for her mother to find out and insist that she return them.
Well...it got me to thinking about when I was young and obsessed with Barbie dolls. I started out playing w/ paper dolls. I loved them for a while but soon realized that they weren't any fun cuz their clothes fell off all the time. For anyone that's played w/ paper dolls, you know what I'm talkin bout! Yeah, there were tons of designs, lots of variety in clothing and such... but they just didn't stay on when walking, talking w/ friends and such! ;)
My next step was to Barbie herself. Oh man, how I loved Barbie. I also got the Ken doll, and so many others. I hate the fact that I can't remember all of their names. I'm sure my sister can and will show me just how well she remembers if she posts to this blog (but it's not really fair cuz she has a 6 yr. old girl)! ;) My dear younger sister.... my dear younger sister.... she got all of my Barbies and destroyed them!!! I don't know if I'll ever forgive her for it! ;) ;) I about died. I couldn't believe she did it. She was such a little heathen, altho she denies it, and she wonders why I was so mean to her! And... she wrote in all of my books - scribbled I should say... but that's another story for another time.
Anyway... where was I?!
Barbies... I loved them. I had a Barbie Corvette that was to die for... gosh, if I only had that now. I had a Barbie swimming pool and a house. I don't know how many of you remember the list I made months ago listing things about myself... but one thing that I mentioned on that list was how I used to believe that my barbies came to life after I went to sleep at night. I'd place them strategically in my room, memorizing where I'd left them and then jump up in the mornings to see if they had moved... always swearing to myself that they had. And... like I said, I didn't tell a soul about this. I was sure they came to life... just sure of it. I still wonder! ;) ;) (yes, i'm kidding or maybe I'm not!!)
I had all kinds of clothes, but my cousin, T, had the best clothes ever. I always loved to play Barbies w/ her because she'd let me borrow the clothes. I used to spend hours by myself playing w/ my Barbies. Ken and Barbie were always a couple.... I guess until I got my other male doll! ;) I played w/ Barbies for a long time.... way past the other girls in school.
Later, when I graduated past Barbie, my mom got me two dolls that were similar to Barbies, but much bigger - 19" matter of fact. One of them was called Tiffany Taylor - this is a pic of her. She was something else. She had blonde hair and brown hair and it would change depending on how you turned the top part of her head. So, if you were in a blonde mood, walah, she had blonde hair. There was another one as well, but I can't remember her name. She has dark brown hair. And... believe it or not, I STILL HAVE these two dolls. I have them in a box in my closet, hoping, waiting for the day I have a little girl. My luck, she won't like barbies!!! Some girls don't like them and insist on playing w/ baby dolls. I was NEVER a baby doll girl.
These two girls that I have, well, you couldn't find clothes easily for them... and all girls know you have to have several changes of outfits for your Barbie dolls. So, one Christmas, I opened a box under the tree and my mom had made me the best clothes ever for my two girls. They were fabulous. She made me go-go boots, skirts, blouses and everything. I still have these clothes, if you can believe it!! I took all of them out one day and showed my husband... I'm sure he expected, at any moment, for me to ask him to play Barbies.... but I didn't. He's lucky! ;)
I have such fond memories of my childhood days. It's too bad that I grew out of Barbies by the time my little sister started playing w/ them. It would have been fun to play together. But, like I said, she destroyed all of my Barbie dolls. But... she had tons of them. My mom and step-dad spoiled her rotten and she got tons of stuff.... yeah... I'm still slightly jealous! ;) But.. she loved it. I'm sure she has a lot of good memories too.
Her daughter, my niece, K, loves playing w/ Barbies. Altho, she's not as in to it as I was as a child. I must admit that me and the hubby bought her her first Barbie. She loved her!! She has some cool stuff too. I glanced thru her Barbie stuff when I was visiting Cali... and was rather impressed. I've always thought that if I didn't have a girl, I'd pass down my big girls to her. I wonder if she'd like them.
The other day we were in a store and I saw, for the first time, a Muslim Barbie. She wasn't called Barbie though... it was something else. She had on a hijab and everything. When I saw her, I thought "wow, she looks a lot like Barbie" and then my husband laughed and pointed her out to me. We both had a good chuckle. Now... I think going back there and taking a snapshot would be cool... then all of you could see her.
Anyway... if any of you know about Tiffany Taylor and this other brown headed doll I have, I'd love to hear from you. If you remember the one's name, I'd love to know. I never played w/ these two dolls as much as I played w/ my Barbies... but I know several girls that had these dolls. Me and one of my friends used to walk to each other's houses carrying these lovelies proudly thru the streets of Madison.... and you know, I was in the 4th grade then. Gosh, how times have changed!! I sit and wonder how many 4th grade girls play w/ Barbies nowadays... I would bet not many.