Throughout her life, The Girl has had many dolls. Bratz, Polly Pocket, American Girl - she has had them all, but she never really got into Barbies. So imagine my surprise when she begged me to get the box down.
Because my daughter has a history of destroying things, I tried to avoid taking down my box of once treasured possessions. But after a week of badgering me, The Girl won. I pulled down the box.
Can you say TIME WARP!
She pulled the dolls out of the box, the barrage of questions began.
"Why do you have an Elvis doll?"
"What are the horses' names?"
"What is up with her hair?"
"What is this doll's name?"
"Whose clothes are these?"
I was amazed at how many of the questions I could actually answer!
"That's not Elvis, that's Derek. He's from Barbie and the Rockers."
"I don't recall naming the horses, but I had a Jeep and trailer for them."
"She's supposed to be a rock star. Rock stars had BIG hair when I was a kid."
"That's Tracy, she was married to Todd. And that is Miko, she's Polynesian, I think..."
"Haha, those belonged to Brooke Shields." (Yes, I have a Brooke Shields doll.)
As she was going through the dolls, I was Googling images of the different collections. It was amazing to see that I still had so many of the original outfits and accessories. While the dolls aren't in the greatest condition (As my daughter said, "Brooke Shields is gonna need some serious surgery."), they were well played with and loved. Even as I write this, my head is filled with memories of countless hours spent with my Barbie dolls. It warms my heart and brings a smile to my face.
Do you have toys that you saved to pass on to your kids? Have you ever unpacked a box from storage only to be brought down memory lane? What were your favorite toys from childhood?