Thursday, October 25, 2007

The Barbie of My Childhood

So, now we know we're safe from the fires. But all activities (school, sports) have been canceled for the week. And we're basically supposed to stay inside because of poor air quality.

I've been complaining all Fall about how we're over-extended. Here's the golden opportunity to live a slowed-down week with lots of time to hang out with the kids.

I haul down my Barbie collection for child #4. As I pull the plastic black case from the highest shelf of my closet, I'm filled with warm and fuzzy feelings. I dust off the top of the case and tear up at the thought of all those magical hours of Barbie games in the rec room with my sisters. I can't wait to reconnect with Barbie, Midge, Skipper, Ken, Alan and Ricky.

I pinch the metal clasp to pop open the case. Yikes! Skipper is partially bald. Barbie's eyes aren't aligned. Midge is missing four toes. The lot of them are obviously living at the poverty line with tacky clothes and mismatched shoes. And my dishes collection is mostly old toothpaste caps for cups and prescription vial lids for plates.

Holy cow! What else have I misremembered from my childhood? Maybe this calls for some deep introspection, long phone convos with the sisters, psycho-therapy?

Nahhhh. Let's just ditch Barbie et al and go bowling.

(BTW, Sister #2, I have your gold sequined Barbie ballgown. The one Auntie A. sewed. And your Skipper.)


PJ Hoover said...

So I wonder. My mom used to make us tons of Barbie clothes. Do people still make Barbie clothes? Or is it just not worth it anymore what with Holiday Barbie and Scarlett O'Hara Barbie and all? The dress (of your sister's) you have is beautiful!

Alyssa Goodnight said...

I never had any Barbies. But how funny that they were so perfect in your memory.

Barrie said...

Hi Tricia! I wonder if Simplicity (or other books) carry patterns for Barbie outfits? One girl on our block only had homemade Barbie clothes. I remember being jealous because her Barbie owned so many oufits.

Barrie said...

Hi Alyssa! It's kind of scary, isn't it? To think you can't trust your memories.

Sally Lawton said...

Skipper!! haha, that brings back memories. I cut my Skippers hair and turned her in to a boy (I have no idea why!) I think we sold all of my Barbies on a car boot sale - I think even Skipper the lady-boy got sold!!