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On What Your American Girl Doll Says About the Rest of Your Life

@LALeo -- Yes!! I definitely watched Little House, as well as read the first seven of the books or so. And I do actually think quite often about my own capacity for survival. Was a Girl Scout for years upon years, can start a fire in a hailstorm (proudest moment of my outdoor training!), and still like to learn everything I can about edible plants, constellations, knot-tying, sewing, wildlife, and I do so wonder and worry about how well I'd do if technology all implodes one day. It's so great to see there are more of us out there!

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 8:34 pm 1

On What Your American Girl Doll Says About the Rest of Your Life

@hungrybee -- OH THOSE! My sister and I had them, made by our Aunt Helen, many years before we ever got Cabbage Patch Kids. I named them Millie and Molly. I think I was a bit frustrated by their resemblance to one another, perhaps?

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 8:28 pm 0

On What Your American Girl Doll Says About the Rest of Your Life

@Gregory Stock@facebook -- I, for one, think it's very cool that you owned an AG doll. By "attracted to the 'difference,'" do you mean to Addy's story and race as setting her apart from the other dolls? Or to the 'different' toys and themes customarily assigned to females in our culture? I think it's ridiculous that we can't even admit that boys play with dolls, only "action figures." My friend's little cousin used to love to play with Barbie dolls, but only the women. His mom actually started putting a Ken doll or two in with the Barbies, just so that when he played with the dolls in church or whatever, people wouldn't take too much notice. Argh. Just let the kid play with the pretty girl dolls, already.

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 8:18 pm 0

On What Your American Girl Doll Says About the Rest of Your Life

@Amanda Smith@facebook -- Exactly! I always thought the main point of the AG books was to show you how a wide range of girls lived, in different eras and cultures. It would be silly to *exclude* wealthy, majority, or upper-class girls from the picture entirely! Rich girls aren't automatically bad people! I think Samantha's stories show accurately how sometimes, wealth is a benefit, and in other ways, an obstacle to be overcome. She was sheltered and privileged, but she grew over the course of the books to understand that other people lead a very different life from hers, and that maybe being a lady isn't *only* what her grandmother makes it out to be.

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 8:09 pm 0

On What Your American Girl Doll Says About the Rest of Your Life

@mertz -- Oh, just be yourself and nuts to the scorners. There'll always be someone who might tease you. But think how great it is if someone sees your doll and turns out to be a kindred spirit!!

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 8:02 pm 0

On What Your American Girl Doll Says About the Rest of Your Life

@Eureka Rochelle -- I'm 30, and nope, you're not the only one. Well, in truth, I haven't *asked* for the past few years. But I've had Kirsten since I was 12 or so, and last fall I went on and on to my mother about how much I also loved Felicity; describing in loving detail how much nicer the older dolls were, with the redder hair color, the more natural eye color, the softer face model... but I couldn't justify buying a doll when I was tight on money and living abroad, teaching English in Spain. Lo and behold, my *DAD* was eavesdropping on my every word, and secretly bought me an old Felicity for Christmas! He was going into surgery, and right before he went in, he whispered to my mom where he'd hidden my Christmas gift, just in case anything happened to him.

I got a Christmas card from home, and in it was a photo of Felicity, sitting on my bed, all dolled up in a red Colonial gown. I think I cried. *blush!* And when I went home for summer vacation, I downloaded the AG clothing patterns, bought fabric, and started teaching myself how to sew, so I could make her some more clothing.

Posted on September 16, 2011 at 7:58 pm 0