My cousin-in-law recently posted on her reluctance to buy her daughter a Monster High doll. I can understand her concern – the messages that these dolls (and their little webisodes) send to young girls are questionable… Just the other day I read an article about What your American Girl doll says about the rest of your life and I was reminded of my own childhood. I skimmed the article, reading about each of the dolls until I got to the final option and had my “Aha!” moment:
No American Girl Doll
Your parents wouldn’t buy you an American Girl doll because $80 is a ridiculous price to pay for a toy, which would then inevitably lead to the purchase of multiple accessories ranging from the overpriced ($18 for “Winter Accessories,” consisting of tiny doll mittens and a hat), to the exorbitant ($56 for an “Ice Cream Set,” consisting of tiny plastic scoops of ice cream), to the highway robbery ($349 for a “doll’s chest,” a.k.a. tiny wooden box).
You grew up to be financially independent, level-headed, unspoiled, and still just a little bit resentful whenever you walk by American Girl Place.
Yep. That pretty much sums it up. It was especially cruel since I had all the Kirsten books (courtesy of my Grandma) and an annual subscription to the magazine for years, but alas, no doll. My siblings and parents told me repeatedly how very spoiled I was growing up… I’d just like to take this moment to point out that all of my nieces have genuine American Girl dolls (or bitty babies and aren’t those nearly the same things?). So there. I had to play with Barbies and DIY paper dolls. I would also like to take this moment to list the other items that I never got to have growing up but always wanted: a nintendo or a sega, and roller blades. Although I did have the Barbie BMW, Barbie hot dog stand, Barbie ice cream maker, and two Barbie pools. So maybe I was a little bit spoiled…
I do however remember the birthday where I received a fishing pole, and another where I received trees (which I must say is a totally cool present, 1 of my 3 trees is still alive back in MN, and it is probably something I genuinely wanted as a child). Yes, my parents were (and still are) that awesome.
What are the toys that you really wanted growing up but your parents would never buy for you? Do you think the toys you did or didn’t have growing up says much about your now, or more about your parents?