Okay. So I’ll be the first to admit that I have never jumped on the American Girl Doll bandwagon. I guess I never saw what the big deal was. In fact I didn’t even know what they were until I was well into my twenties and there was some big hoopla about this American Girl Doll Store being opened at the Mall of America. A whole store that sold dolls and clothes and had it’s own salon for the dolls? I thought it was excessive. Spending that much money on a doll? Especially when you have a girl that isn’t really into dolls? I refused to get her one just because every other 7-year-old had one. She wasn’t even asking for one yet. And I was confident that if she did get one it would sit in her room and never be played with. I thought the money would be better spent on something else. I’ll admit it. I was anti-American Girl Doll.
Before all of you American Girl Doll lovers (and I know there are some of you out there) totally disown me and are like, “Stacey, how could you?”, I will let you know that even though I may not be on the bandwagon I am no longer completely anti-American Girl Doll. My mom insisted on getting her one for Christmas last year. And to see my non-doll loving daughter’s eyes light up when opening the box, well, my heart softened. The doll isn’t attached to her hip, but she sure is cute on the occasions that she does bring it out to play with. I may not be a complete convert, but I’ve learned to love the doll and seeing Evie be all mama-like with it. (So please don’t hate me all you American Girl Doll lovers, m’kay?)
On a *deeper confession excuse my random thoughts* side note:
I think for me it’s working through all the thoughts that come into my head about our current world and excess and having the latest and the best and keeping up with the Jones’. I don’t want to start getting my kids stuff just to compete with the kids down the street. And how can we can spend $100 on a doll when there are starving children in this world? Even though I know it’s a good quality doll. Those were my original thoughts. Then again, someone might think me spending $300 on a Northface winter jacket is excessive and unnecessary. Even though I’ll wear that coat for 5 or 6 months out of the year for 3 or 4 years. Heck, I throw money around all the time buying things I don’t really need. I guess it’s about balance. It’s about doing something about the starving children in the world and not sitting in the guilt of a doll…or an iPad…or the latest gaming system….or the name brand boots…or the next “must have” on the list. And it’s about teaching my kids about all of it when I’m still trying to figure it out myself…like why do they really want something, and is it a good investment. (And gosh darn it, I picked up this book again and I’m getting all deep thoughty because of it.)
In the meantime I’ll enjoy watching my daughter play with Ariana (or is it Arabella? she changes her name weekly). I’m grateful to my mom for being so generous in getting it for her because it brings her joy and I know it will be something that will withstand the test of time. It was a good purchase, I know that now. And who doesn’t love a doll in little purple roller blades and a matching helmet? Oh and elbow pads. Safety first, you know.