Wednesday, October 24, 2012

She's An American Girl

The other day I made a total rookie mistake.  You'd almost think I'd never done this mom thing before, that I hadn't learned anything in the last 10 years.

As we pulled into the driveway, I checked the mail.  There, amongst the grocery store circulars, was an American Girl catalog.  And without thinking, I handed it into the backseat to Punkin.  Did you hear that loud scratching sound last Wednesday?  That was the needle of realization scratching across the record of my consciousness. 

What had I done?

Sure enough, before I had even put the car in drive, "Look, Mommy!  There's a doll in here named Punkin! And she has blonde hair just like me! And a pony! And a nightgown! And a sleeping bag!"

And the coup de grace, "I want an American Girl doll, Mommy."  Cha-ching!

Oh Lord.  This, from a girl who has never once played with a doll for more than five minutes.  I don't really care that she doesn't play with dolls.  She comes by it naturally.  The running joke in my family was that within five minutes all my dolls were naked in a box under my bed.  The only time I seriously played with Barbies was when I chopped all the hair off one of them and "punked" her up by using magic markers to streak her hair and apply more makeup.

I actually kind of like the idea of American Girl dolls because of the stories that accompany them.  What I don't like is their price tag or the fact that I know that she wouldn't play with it for five minutes.  I'd rather just get her some books.

Now, where DID that American Girl catalog get to, anyway? 


el-e-e said...

Ohmilord, I hid that thing from KT, AND FAST!! I'm like you, I love that they all have historical stories (my favorite, historical fiction!), and they're beautiful dolls... but forget it. Once you spend your $250 on the doll, then they want (and, okay, I'll admit, I would want, too) all the clothes and accoutrements!


Dawn said...

We told Abigail she could forgo her birthday party and we would buy a doll for her. She was willing to do that. She also paid for all of the accessories herself. She saved for a long time to get it. She asked to do it again 2 yrs later. Abigail has Felicity and McKenna. I've only paid for the dolls for each one ($105).

Lauren said...

As expensive as they are, I have to say that I think they are one of the few toys that I would be willing to pay that much for. They are well made and have a lot of neat accessories. I still have the Samantha doll I got when I was a girl and now my girls play with her :)

Lauren said...

Also! We just went to the store for C's birthday and even though there were a LOT of people there, I never had to wait to be helped or to check out. It was actually a really pleasant experience if you are willing to make the drive :).