Thursday, December 28, 2006
Now that my daughter is ten, she has decided she no longer needs Barbie. Time for Barbie to go. Seems to me that Barbie entered our home much earlier than I would have thought necessary. Secretly I was hoping that Barbie would NEVER make an appearance here, not having been a fan of the leggy dis-proportional doll myself. Alas, Hayley was a girly-girl, far more girly than I ever was.
I remember one summer when Hayley was about four years old, my niece K had reached an age where she was weeding Barbie out of her life (I think she was nine or ten years old). She showed up here to spend a few nights with us, and she brought with her a huge cardboard box along with a large shopping bag. Both packed full of Barbie gear. My daughter was entranced. Reluctantly, I accepted K's generous gift to Hayley. What choice did I have? And to K's surprise, I gave her some spending money in exchange for what looked to me like a lot of undesirable junk.
The hand-me-down Barbies became an entrenched part of our household, and over the next few years the collection grew to include a van, a car, a bicycle, horses, ball gowns, and Beauty and the Beast (able to transform from Beast to Prince in a quick clothing change). Some of my niece's bits have gone out in the trash, but quite a bit of her original collection remains in good condition. When I was sorting it out, I even found a hand-knit Barbie sweater that my mom had made.
Today, H decided she needed a fish. Her friend is buying her a fish for her birthday, and H needs to buy a small aquarium. She also wants games for her new Nintendo hand-held device. She got the pink one. (Grace, I had to laugh when I read your latest blog on that subject).
I said, "fine, but something's gotta go." She needs money. So...quick as that, she made the decision that we could sell off Barbie to pay for the fish tank, and hopefully a game or two. We sorted and tidied and made a lovely display of all the "healthy" Barbies, clothes, accessories and extras. Doug will list these things later today on Craig's List (an online Buy and Sell).
I can't say that I'll be sad to see Barbie go.