Did you have an American Girl doll when you were little? Today I read this hilarious article about how your American Girl doll shapes the rest of your life.
When I was little, American Girl dolls were THE item to have. I remember spending hours and hours pouring over the catalog, dreaming about having a doll. I REALLY wanted one. Specifically, I wanted Kirsten because (like it says in the article!) I loved the Little House books.
I clearly remember actually getting my first doll. It was at my First Communion. My parents had a party after it was over to celebrate my sacrament and as my gift they gave me Kirsten. I remember unwrapping the paper around the package and seeing the American Girl box...and gasping. I was SO excited!
After that, I also got Felicity. These dolls provided hours and hours of entertainment for my brother and I. We used to act like they were our kids and we were Ma and Pa from the Little House books, that we were farmers, or that we ran a school. I always played with the dolls' hair, clothes, and other accessories. I loved them to death.
When I was older, we went to the American Girl store in Chicago. By that time, my younger cousin was old enough to love the dolls and she had a blast. I have to admit that while we were there, I was thrilled to look at the dolls, the accessories, and the books.
David does not get the big deal about the American Girl dolls, but I've made it pretty clear that he will just have to accept my desire to spend an irrational amount of money on a doll. Mine were well worth the money. Besides the fun I had with the dolls, and the fun memories I created, I am pretty sure that my memory of American History was pretty much shaped by the books.
Did you have an American Girl doll?