Monday, August 4, 2008

Throw in the Barbie




On Saturday morning I walked into my daughter's room and nearly collapsed into a heap of nervous terror because every piece of clothing that she owned was on the floor, in a heap of nervous terror of its own. She told me that she was organizing her outfits. I have experience with this type of organization. Everything gets dumped into an enormous pile. Then three pieces get Gap-folded and then an unprecedented exhaustion/depression/paralysis sets in and suddenly, it seems easier to relocate than to finish the organization. So when I walked into her room, I saw the writing on the wall. And I don't mean the "Zac Effron is dumb" that she'd scribbled in the corner.

And yet, within an hour, everything was sorted, folded and put away. I was super-impressed. And then she brought out this enormous box of rejection--Barbies in various stages of undress as well as some Madeline dolls. We seem to have lost the nun, Miss Clavel, but a few months after we got her, she was Always Naked anyway. Not so holy. Or maybe extremely. So, I'm left with a Barbie box. It's weird to know that my daughter will never play with dolls again, that she's ready to let them go. And that I have to find some poor saps to unload them on.

17 Comments:

Blogger wfbdoglover said...

Save them! When you have grandchildren they will love to play with their mothers things. My mom saved some of my games and toys and my son has a blast playing with my legos that I grew up with as a child.

(plus I think they will be worth a fortune then)

August 4, 2008 at 7:23 AM  
Blogger Vodka Mom said...

Ha! The boys in my classroom (kindergarten) are always fascinated by the nakes barbies in the toy box. Even though I am always telling the kids- never put the Barbies away NAKED - they ALWAYS end up that way!!! AH, to be young.

August 4, 2008 at 7:57 AM  
Blogger Sonya said...

LOL, spread eagle Barbie w/the eagle puppet in front of her...(That is a puppet right? We have one that looks just like it Mary Meyer Tippy Toes...and is in my pile to be ebayed.) Our (toy doll) Miss Clavel was always naked too.

August 4, 2008 at 8:35 AM  
Blogger Alice said...

Your daughter scored high points in my book for scrawling 'Zac Effron is dumb' on the wall. YAY!! Someone else who agrees with me!

August 4, 2008 at 8:37 AM  
Blogger wfbdoglover said...

Good morning Marinka

I wanted to let you know that I left you a message on my blog.

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Have a great day!

August 4, 2008 at 10:07 AM  
Anonymous Amy said...

Zac Effron IS dumb! :)

All I can think of when I read this post is that Barbie song from the 90's. "I'm a Barbie girl, In a Barbie Word, ahahah."

August 4, 2008 at 12:57 PM  
Blogger Melissa said...

I'm kind of sad for you that she's ready to get rid of the dolls. I will just lose it when my little guy is ready to give up his lovey. I get teary just thinking of that prospect.

And yeah. Zac is dumb. Or at least only smart enough to hire a smart agent. Which isn't so dumb, when you think about it...

August 4, 2008 at 1:05 PM  
Blogger Insta-mom said...

Can you send your daughter to my house? I could totally use a little of that ambition. I would also love to have a child who could figure out how to willingly part with an unplayed-with toy.

August 4, 2008 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Mama Ginger Tree said...

I must agree that Zac Effron is quite dumb. My girls however went a little crazy when the picture of all those dolls came up on the screen. I am so glad you live in NY and can't send them out to SF.

August 4, 2008 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger anymommy said...

I am so glad that your daughter's dolls are mostly naked too. I thought that was a bizarre issue my children had with nudeness.

My heart constricted a little that she's done with doll and I've never even seen her. I'm lost when it's mine!

August 4, 2008 at 3:49 PM  
Blogger Marinka said...

WFB-grandchildren?! thud. What are you trying to do to me?

Vodka Mom-I like that rule--no naked Barbies!

Sonya--so funny! It's actually an eagle beanie baby. Now I'm convinced that Miss Clavel was a nudist.

Alice, Amy and Melissa--what's with the Zac hatred?! Although I see that my daughter is in good company.

Insta-mom--she left a few hours ago, is she there yet?

Mama Ginger--have Barbies, will travel!

Anymommy- I *know*! Although, to be fair, she hasn't played with them in years, so it didn't come as a shock to me. The good thing is that once they finish with one toy category, they move on to a different, and more expensive one.

August 4, 2008 at 10:17 PM  
Anonymous MomMega said...

Seriously, where does all of Barbie's clothes go???

August 5, 2008 at 1:04 AM  
Blogger Trooper Thorn said...

I think we must share the same daughter. Certainly the same M.O. to make the situation worse in an effort to make it better. It has been rare for mine to finish the job before jamming a bunch of stuff in old shoe boxes or under long dresses.

Last time we ended up with a box of half-naked Bratz dolls. I was not sad to see those weird, bug eyed skanks hit the streets where they belong.

August 5, 2008 at 3:43 AM  
Blogger jon said...

that looks like a party at Hugh Hefner's!

August 5, 2008 at 5:01 AM  
Blogger jon said...

ps my sister got me that beanie eagle one year for christmas. His name is "Baldy"!

August 5, 2008 at 5:02 AM  
Blogger Scary Mommy said...

Love the placement of the eagle's head. Perfect. All of my Barbie's ended up cloth less, armless and with mohawks. How does that happen?!

I just stumbled upon you and am so glad I did!!

August 6, 2008 at 10:45 PM  
Blogger Z said...

I need to follow in your daughter's footsteps and weed through my own closet... Though I'm putting it off because I, too, have a habit of piling it up and then, um, just leaving it there.

And the barbie box is a little frightening. Though I find barbies in genral to be frightening.

August 7, 2008 at 9:31 AM  

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