Yea, you read that right.
I got an awesome Barbie for Christmas. Yep, it was for me, and yep, I asked for it.
Why should I break a good Christmas tradition?
Our first Christmas together in 1986, I asked my husband for a Cabbage Patch Doll. I knew we were a match made in Heaven when he asked for a Stomper Truck. Remember the battery operated pick-up that could drive over a stack of books? It was one of those great Christmases where we both got the exactly what we wanted.
When we started our family we had kids to buy toys for. Those were the best years, when they were young and didn’t want clothes or electronics. I loved buying them toys as much as they loved getting them.
Then came the dreaded time when our kids outgrew toys. Seriously? Who outgrows toys? Apparently, my children did.
So, I went back to buying toys for myself. My husband once joked that I musta’ had a deprived childhood. No, my childhood Christmases were magical, I always got that one special toy that made my heart happy. We weren’t spoiled, my parents didn’t run up debts and produce selfish children, but they worked hard to provide the one thing each child wanted.
Toys proved dreams could come true.
That’s why I love toys.
See? We’re all lined up, ecstatic over our Christmas gifts. (L to R, Lee, Joel, Me, Allan, Laurie, Angie) OK, Angie, looks scared, but I think it’s because she’s almost falling off the piano bench. Allan isn’t holding his toy, I think he already dismantled it, as he did every Christmas, trying to figure out how it worked. He’s a Construction Engineer now, but has no toys left from his childhood.
In 1st grade, I was given the Malibu Barbie. She came with a fringed yellow towel, sunglasses and a blue swimming suit.
In 2nd grade, I got Malibu Ken.
In 3rd grade Malibu Skipper was added to my collection.
In 4th grade it was the Cut and Curl Barbie.
In 5th grade my Barbies could go camping, because I received the Barbie Camper Bus.
The best year of all? In 6th grade I got the Barbie camping set AND the Sunshine Family. The Sunshine Family has become the Ingalls family this year as I homeschool Rebekah through the Little House on the Prairie books. Guess Mom really scored that year, I am STILL playing with those toys.
This is my new Barbie.
She’s styling my kinda’ clothes, skinny jeans, high heels, a jacket and a huge purse. The purse has a notebook computer in it, of course.
But, I named her Novelist Barbie, ‘cuz she’s a writer, ya’ know. That’s why she wears cool clothes and carries a computer everywhere she goes, just like me. (the computer, not the cool)
I chose her for inspiration.
Not that I’ll ever look like that again, I really don’t care that when I sit down this smooshy stuff, my tummy, lands in my lap. I just tuck it into my waistband and pretend it isn’t there.
It’s not just her clothes and her computer that inspire, it’s the moto she’s posing by. I know she’s saying,“It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” George Eliot
I’m nearing 50, I’ve almost finished raising my six children, I’ve had cancer three times, and have suffered innumerable tragedies and disappointments that I’ve allowed to derail my ambitions in life.
I wanna’ write.
As Anne of Green Gables said, it’s time to dust off my ambitions.
My Novelist Barbie is the perfect Christmas toy to remind me that dreams still can come true.
Oh, Mindy, I love this blog!!! So funny, and it reminds me of your family and how much fun we had during those few short years.
I do remember being vaguely jealous of your Barbies (all I ever had was Francie, and her head was broken off by one of my little sisters). And how lucky you were to have your mom and more brothers and not so many sisters and none of my endless chores and…. Truthfully, I was mostly just really grateful to have you as a friend!
I want you to know that you are an inspiration to me! I so need to shed all the distractions in my life and get down to the business of writing. No more excuses!!! Except that I do still have 11 years of homeschooling left and am still a military nomad and . . . . :/
Mindy Peltier says
Christine, your comment brought tears in my eyes. You have encouraged me time and time again with your love, loyalty, and encouragement. Thank you so much! Yes, maybe someday we can sign each other’s books…..:)
When I started writing again, I didn’t have high ambitions, just to write and to let my family understand it was time to put myself in the schedule. It worked. And, I started studying writing, the craft of writing fiction has so many facets to learn.
Thanks for your wonderful comment.
Cherrie Herrin-Michehl, MA, LMHC says
I love the look of your new blog! The typewriter pic is sterling. 🙂
May God bless your writing as it blesses others.
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Perfect!! Yay for you…many blessings in 2013 🙂
And I Got a Big Jim for Christmas… Remember Big Jim? No, not GI Joe, this is Big Jim. Push his back, and his arm lifts and does big Jim stuff. Maybe if “Novelist” Barbie is nice, Big Jim will ask her out. Just think, Big Jim and Novelist Barbie, what a Novel that could turn out to be . . . stay tuned for Chapter One.
Momma Mindy says
So glad you liked your Christmas present, honey! Beware, though, if Big Jim tries to karate chop Barbie, she’ll whack him with her big ol’ purse.
You’ve got Allan in there twice, lol! But I figured out which one he was. My brother spells his middle name Allen, or rather my mom did since she named him, lol! I gave away all my childhood toys (including my Barbies) to my nieces. I don’t have anything from my childhood. I just wasn’t a saver.
Momma Mindy says
Thanks for the heads-up. Fixed the blooper. 🙂
I don’t have much left from my childhood except the Sunshine Family. They were way too special to get rid of!