I am a Barbie fan. I admit it. I have a collection, that I started when my oldest niece was born. A friend of mine, from when I was in church youth group, had a Barbie collection, and her parents sold it and used that money to pay for her college education. I remember thinking, as well as the rest of our friends, that it was so strange that Christy had to leave all her Barbies in the box. What fun was that? You couldn't comb her hair, or change her outfits, or have her dive off the water faucet into the bath tub! My sister and I came up with a lot of fun creative ideas for our Barbies. We dug a hole in our yard, that was the Barbie pond. She had a camper and she parked it beside that pond and had a grand ole time.
Our kids today, do not seem to have the imagination that we had. I really don't understand why. Maybe it's the computer and video game age. Once, I suggested to the girls that take their Barbies outside and play. It was a beautiful sunny day, and I thought that it would be good for them to be outside, they looked at me like I was crazy. "What do we do with them, outside?" they asked. I told them about all the fun that Joann and I had with our Barbies. When we were kids we even recruited the boys on our street to play with us. They brought in their GI Joe's, and Lego's and together we all conquered the world right there, in our front yard.
I was surprised to find out that Barbie is now 50 years old. I can't believe it, after all, she looks all of 21. I'm wondering, what kind of skin care does she use? Oil of Olay, L'Oreal, Mary Kay, Clinique....the list goes on. And another thing, how many careers can one woman have anyway? And she still has that great figure. Age doesn't seem to have affected Barbie at all. They should come out with a 40 ish barbie, with some gray hair and at least a couple of fine lines, right?
I still love to look at Barbie, fix her hair and arrange her clothes and outfits. I think I always will. Playing Barbie can take you far a way, in your imagination. Ahhh, the memories....
Oh and Barbie and Ken have been together for 43 years. So I am thinking she was 7 when they got together to start with. I don't know if that was the age she married him or not. Surely not. I'll have to look it up! LOL!! This was a big story on the WGN news the other morning. But I guess it's better than recession woes and war stories.
Barbie certainly isn't suffering from a recession. She drives her convertibles, has the town house, and an airplane, a ship, and on, and on. Maybe they should come out with Recession Barbie. What do you think that would look like? Just a thought.
This post is just for fun, and being with my sister this week, we have had lots of laughs and memories of Barbie. I hope you enjoyed reading it. Please let me know your thoughts. (oh and my nieces do have Barbies that they can't take out of the box.) Sorry girls, I know they would be naked and have ratty hair in 5 seconds flat. Ha!