anyway, all of that changed over the weekend! i found a little jessie doll at the thrift store, and although it was a long shot that shosh would deign to acknowledge it, i figured it was worth the two-dollar risk. she loves her some toy story, jessie in particular. i set it aside for christmas, but dayamn that girl of mine can sure rustle up some hidden christmas presents without even trying! so christmas came early for her this year, and i'm kind of glad it did. she has been glued to jessie ever since.
she instantly picked up on the fact that the thrift-store jessie was missing her hat, and i was somehow miraculously able to dig up a wee safari hat and trick her into thinking it was the perfect hat for jessie. (i redeemed myself yesterday by running to a craft store during my ridiculously short lunch break and finding a tiny black cowboy hat for jessie. parenthood makes you do weird things sometimes, man. or maybe, judging by the above story of my childhood stuffed animals, i'm just weird all the time).
i never thought i'd let my kid play with a doll with barbie proportions, but i totally am and i don't even care. the proportions are so ridiculous, it reminds me more of one of those super-long legged handmade etsy dolls that are so big right now, you know? like, not meant to be a realistic interpretation of actual human proportions. is my feminism getting soft in its old age? i don't know, but then i found a box of sixty-year old barbie clothes in the basement that sho's great-grandmother made, and there was no going back. i love that sho loves this crazy-ass (look at that face!) doll. my grandma made the most elaborate sets of clothing, some sewn by hand and none larger than three inches long, all from scraps in her own basement sewing lair, on the very same viking that i do all my basement sewing on these days. shimmering ball gowns, flannel nightgowns made to match my mom's childhood pajamas, teensy hand-knitted sweaters, little 1950's party dresses with miniature rick-rack, the list goes on and on. and sho actually likes to play with it all! i always hated barbies as a kid, but now as a twenty-eight year old woman, i finally see the strange appeal. (just like the color pink, actually.)
p.s. congratulations to commentors #2 and 9, tina and shauna, for winning the lotion and lip balm giveaway! (shauna, i don't have your contact info, please holla at me at sarahvaneck at gmail.com so i can send ya some lotion!) thanks so much for reading, and stay tuned for another body product giveaway later this week!
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