The other day we sat cheering on our children despite the severe trouncing they received on the soccer fields, and amidst my preparations for my baldness by hair-pulling, my toddler came to me and wept in a big, ball of toddler cuteness. She wanted to play Barbies with this little girl who only had two to share and one too many friends who wanted to play, too. My daughter was the odd one out.
My older daughters never got into the whole dolly/Barbie thing, despite my attempts at buying them, and all their accessories, too. I nearly gasped when I saw my toddler interested.
Barbies? Dolls? Dress up? Hair dos? HELLS YES!
(C’mon hubby, we’re already losing, can we go home now? Please? Did you hear? She wants to play dollies and Barbies with me? Can we go home now? How ’bout now? What about now?)
Immediately upon returning home, I dug out of the back of my middle-daughter’s closet this bowling bag of
despised unloved-until-now Barbies and Bratz dolls and OH.MY.FREAKING.LORD apparently a hacked haired Britney Spears doll (I didn’t do it). She squealed as she tore apart the bag and made me dress every single one. My heart was SO full, SO happy to sit and dress these dollies with her, braid their hair, looking at the sheer delight across her face as each one became hers with every sleeve, every pant leg, every jacket applied.
The only thing that could have made it more perfect was if we hadn’t found all the Bratz shoes. I can now completely understand why these dolls are for older children. Do they not know my three-year-old? Miss, I-can’t-wear-just-one-set, I-have-to-carry-three-more-pairs-just-in-case? Now she had a doll with a wardrobe and shoe changes. She had me switch her Bratz dollies shoes every. single. two. seconds. because she can’t manage the contraptions in her teeny hand herself, OHMYFRIGGINGAWD OHHHHH…
But nevermind that frustrating mess. (Besides, I can hide those Bratz dolls, “losing” them.) I have a daughter who likes to play and dress up dollies with me.
Made of win.
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