I’ve said before that I have never been a girlie girl.
At recess in elementary school, I was the girl who was playing kickball with the boys on the baseball field.
Sports and games?
Dolls and pretend crap with other girls?
We always had big, Rockwellian Christmases growing up.
We’d go to my great grandmother’s house on Christmas afternoon, and there would be lots of cousins and aunts and uncles.
We kids were always excited for the presents we’d get from our relatives.
Well, being not a girlie girl at all,
one year I was a little disappointed when I received these from my aunt:
The Sunshine Family Dolls.
I tried to hide my disappointment.
Plus, there was another present along with them, so I still had hope for something that was more in keeping with my interests.
I opened it.
It was a complete, handmade wardrobe for the Sunshine Family that my aunt had made herself.
In hindsight, it was very impressive.
But at the time, it felt pretty much like this:
Well, 35 years later,
nothing has changed.
There are lots of aspects of parenting that are unenjoyable.
But at the top of the list,
is playing with Barbies.
When I see Number 5 coming with the Barbies, I high tail it out of the room.
I pull one of those,
Which got me to thinking…
TOP TEN THINGS I WOULD RATHER DO THAN PLAY BARBIES WITH MY DAUGHTER
1. Unclog a toilet.
2. Unclog someone else’s toilet.
3. Watch a UFC fight with my husband.
4. Have an hour long conversation with that one parent. You know. The one-upper. The one that no one wants to talk to.
5. Give the sex talk to my kids.
6. Give the sex talk to someone else’s kids.
7. Attend another 90-minute, 1st grade, Mother’s Day Tea (Sorry, Mrs. O).
8. Set myself on fire.
9. Watch a Power Ranger marathon.
10. Empty the dishwasher. Repeatedly. For 3 hours.
Here’s hoping for a Barbie-free day 🙂
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