The things that will never make it in the baby books and other musings from a stay at home mom

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

On the bright side, if they provided a feminist lesson for Julia, just think what they can do for Evan

I thought I'd dodged a bullet on the Barbie thing. After her initially enthusiastic introduction to the dolls, Julia completely lost interest in all things Barbie soon after she turned 3. Her sole Barbie has languished on a shelf for over a year now, with no one to paint her toenails or help her select careerwear, and I can't say I've been all too upset about that turn of events.

Granted, I'd be more pleased with the situation had Julia not fixated instead on Polly Pockets, which are really no better (and potentially worse, since there is not a single outfit in the 450 little plastic pieces of Polly apparel we now own that any of those dolls could wear on a job interview). I know it's all the same crap, really. But Barbie's got years of bad PR working against her, and I must admit that I was still feeling a little bit smug about the fact that we apparently weren't going to be a Barbie household.

As usual, I counted my chickens too soon.

Evan and I went to the toy store last week while Julia was at school to pick up a birthday gift for one of her friends. I grabbed a random assortment of Pollies and accessories off the shelf and headed for the cash register, only to realize that Evan was no longer at my side. I turned around and there was my son, reverently selecting one Barbie at a time off the shelf, kissing each doll and then gently placing each one back where he'd found it. "Let's go, Ev," I encouraged. "No, more," he replied, clearly determined to give every doll in the store her due share of love. "Please, Evan," I begged. "We have more errands to do today." He stubbornly refused to move. Despite my best efforts to woo him away, he spent the better part of the next half hour engaged in a Barbie lovefest the likes of which his sister has never seen or contemplated.

We eventually managed to get out of the store without purchasing any Barbies. After Evan had kissed each one reverently, he was more than willing to leave them behind. But I've never seen that look in his eye before, and he's certainly never shown quite that much love to a Thomas train. It would appear that we just might end up being a Barbie household after all. It figures.


At 4:26 PM, Blogger Steph said...

We've dodged the Barbie bullet so far, but I have a feeling that it won't be for long. M is very enthusiastic with all things Disney Princess and it's only a matter of time before the Barbie-like princess dolls fill our house.

I can just picture Evan kissing all the Barbies in the store though, and that's just too cute! :)

At 6:33 PM, Anonymous Gretchen said...

Ah! Matt loves Barbies too, because he loves girls. In fact, Matt has a girlfriend at day care now. The boys can't remember her name -- she's new -- but she has dark hair like mommy. Evan may be a ladies' man like Matt!

At 6:46 PM, Anonymous chelle said...

Ok I am just jealous! My daughter wants NOTHING to do with dolls whatsoever!! She throws them to the floor and plays happy with her bears, horses, dinosaurs and other animals!

At 9:39 PM, Blogger Jennifer said...

A ladies man! And he's got an eye for...a 20 inch waist and 40 inch chest? Hee! So far we've escaped both Barbie and Disney princesses here. I know it won't last forever, but I'll appreciate every day I get.

At 9:44 PM, Anonymous Holly said...

We aren't a Barbie home either and I can't tell you how happy it makes me. If the day ever comes, that I look like her, or better yet, she looks like me then she is welcome. Until then, we are quite happy with Angelina and Strawberry! Here's hoping that Evan forgets Barbie!


At 9:00 PM, Blogger Rosemary said...

Too funny for words!

I stood my ground for many years and bought no Barbie or Barbie accoutrements. Family finally made up for my many lapses as a mother, in their not so humble opinions. Alex enjoyed them for a little while but was back to her books in very short order. May I tell you that there is nothinkg quite akin to the joy of raising a bookworm? :-)

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