I posted this picture on Facebook immediately after Christmas. The girls had just opened American Girl Dolls #10 and #11(and I admitted having dolls #12 and #13 already purchased still in boxes ready for the next holiday).
And the comments came as expected..
“That’s not a doll collection, that’s a mortgage payment!”
“Call me next time before you buy so I can buy stock in Mattel!”
“I don’t see dolls, I see dollar signs.”
“That’s a crazy amount of money sitting there!”
And then the simple…
and a few
“Can I be your child in my next life?”
“Don’t show this to my girls as they will want every single one of those!”
And to all of those comments I say “No kidding! I completely agree!” I think I look kind of crazy….
We seem to have an addiction and a love for American Girl Dolls. Are they expensive? Yes. But are they worth it? Very much so.
And with three daughters and now six years of buying dolls – well 11, and soon 13 dolls doesn’t seem all that crazy to me.
You want to know why? It is the only gift my girls ask for each year – for their birthdays or Christmas. They ask for a doll or some clothing or accessories…and that is it. They are the only gifts they find under the tree each year and the only store they ask to visit at the mall.
And if I have an almost eight year old and a newly 10 year old and they don’t ask for nor do they own – iPods, iPhones, iPads, phones, TVs, gaming devices, iTouches, DS’s, laptops, computers, or any electronic device AT ALL – but they ask for dolls to play with…well they are going to get dolls. And they want dolls that come with books and stories and they sit and read with their dolls…are you kidding. This is beautiful.
I played with dolls until seventh grade and I can only hope the same for my kids. The longer they love imaginative play how amazing for them, right? Let them be little girls and have positive messages to carry them into their tween and teen years.
Even if it means that their dolls have a better wardrobe than I do.
It’s worth it. Every dime I spend at American Girl is worth it.
And if it’s the only gift they ever ask for and ever get – well it doesn’t seem like that much money to me.
But it doesn’t really matter what I think. Or what you think.
It’s what they think – and watching them play with their dolls and watching them tuck them into bed each night, well…..
I think another visit to the American Girl Doll store is in order.
Because I have this three year old who is still going to be playing dolls for at least another 10 years. And I guess she will look a little crazy-spoiled with 13 dolls in her sole possession once her sisters leave for college. But she’s my baby…..so I’m hoping it all seems quite normal.