I remember being, like, 10 years old and day dreaming over the 'American Girls' catalog. At upwards of $65 for a doll, fifteen years ago; now $95
, it ended at day dreaming. I'm...a little scared of becoming one of "those" parents that buys their children everything they never had. My mom did that. Anything in excess is bad, bad, bad. But
, I wouldn't be completely opposed to Megan having one of these beautiful dolls one day. (Like, 5 years from now when there won't
be Animal Crackers crushed into her hair and fingerpaint streaking her cheeks.) Note: I said ONE and I mean ONE. At $95? We won't
be collecting them like seashells on the beach.
I just don't know how I feel about 'Gwen Thompson' over there... She's homeless.
It's not that that gives me pause...it's the story that goes along with it that raises my eyebrows. Word is, it's because her father up and left her and her mother. They struggled for a while and then lived out of their car. I have this awful mental image of reading the book that comes with her to a 6 year old Megan and having her eyes bug out... "IS DADDY GOING TO LEAVE?! ARE WE GOING TO HAVE TO LIVE OUT OF THE CAR?! WHERE WILL WE PUT ALL OF MY DORA STUFF?!?!?!?!"
I think it's great that they're bringing to light real issues. (I mean, this is
Mattel...maker of Barbie, whose biggest issue is whether she'd rather go to the beach or be an astronaut today.) But...I don't...know...about the...approach. On the other hand, is
there a good
approach to the subject? Would it have been any better if Daddy had died? (A la` Disney.) Or simply lost his job in a troubled economy and not been able to find a new one?
On the surface, it seems like a great idea to put these issues out there and make the dolls something that little girls might be able to identify with...but it's still a $95 doll. The girls that could
identify with her? Won't be getting her. And where does it stop? Okay, Gwen's Daddy left and Mommy lost their home... Does Tabitha's Daddy leave and Mommy becomes a cat lady? Does Monica's Mommy leave everything and run away with the TV repairman? Does Megan's Mommy become a shut-in that does nothing but drink margaritas all day and blog? I mean, really