That’s me with my Barbie townhouse from the early ’80s. It’s still at my parents’ and my daughter plays with it when she visits. My dad made wooden furniture for my dolls to go with the inflatable pieces I bought, probably at Kmart.
Today, the furniture is all new, from Target. Instead of Western Barbie or Beauty Secrets Barbie (I still have both, but Western is missing a blue-shadowed eyelid and Beauty is missing a hand), my daughter has Space Camp Barbie and Hard Rock Cafe Barbie and Veterinarian Barbie and Ballerina Barbie … a Barbie for every dream.
To offset all the blonde, she also has the Disney Princesses, including Mulan, Pocahontas and Jasmine and multi-ethnic Barbie dolls. She doesn’t care about color; she just loves the dolls and the clothes.
I’m glad we can share memories of Barbie, who turned 50 this year and continues to makes little girls’ dreams closer to reality.