"Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in your heart." -Winnie the Pooh

Friday, July 8, 2011

Friday Fun Finds {7/8/11}

So, today starts my "Friday Fun Finds."  I know that's a long title, but I wanted to make sure it could encompass whatever I wanted it to be depending on what fun thing I found this week!  I hope you get a laugh or excitement out of what I post.  Today will have to be a laugh though.  Hoping it makes you laugh as hard as it made me laugh!

You may remember this photo that I posted during the Wedding Recap Posts.  This is a photo of me wearing the dress that my Mom sewed and smocked for me to wear in my Aunt Pam's wedding.  Pam's daughter Sydney wore it in my wedding last June.

What I failed to point out was the doll that I am holding.  My Grandmother loved dolls.  She would always buy me really expensive dolls that I couldn't play with.  And it drove me INSANE!   I know that it was a really nice gift, but at 3, 4, and 5, that was NOT what I wanted.  I remember one Christmas throwing a fit because I didn't get the baby doll that you doctored on.  {love for medicine at a young age}.  My parents had to explain to me that Christmas wasn't over yet and that we hadn't been to the other set of grandparent's house yet.  Anyway, when the American Girl dolls hit, my Grandmother and I finally found something that we could agree on.  Really nice dolls that you could PLAY with!  And dress up!  And my Mom liked them because they came with books to read!  Since American Girl made a doll that looked JUST like me, my Grandmother bought that one for me.

I had a new love!  Samantha.  I played with my Samantha doll all of the time.  I can remember getting the magazines in the mail {before the world wide web} and treating it like it was the bible {sad, but true}.  I would look at the magazine all day long.  I would circle items that I thought I wanted.  And seriously, this went on for years!  And years!

I was jealous the day you could tour the American Girl Plaza in NYC.

I had an American Girl Doll obsession.

Anyway, my Aunt's wedding photos didn't turn out great.  So my Mom took my brother and I to have photos made in the outfits for my Aunt.  She had some leftover fabric, so she made Samantha an outfit too.  And the photo above is the result.  There is another really cute photo that hangs in her room that is of my brother and I.  I'm holding Samantha and Daniel has his finger to his lip saying "sh."  I probably just embarrassed him, but it is presh!

So when my friend saw this photo, she passed on an article to me.  I have laughed and laughed at said article, and I hope that you enjoy it too.  Probably because it is super funny, but SUPER true!  Like really, the Samantha part is so true!  Even if you didn't have an American Girl doll, stick around till the end.  Because the whole thing is hilarious!  Especially if you remotely know of the American Girl dolls!

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

Samantha Parkington:
Did you know, when you picked her out, that Samantha was the cool one? Or were you simply drawn to her glossy brown hair, sophisticated accessories (she had a fur muff!) and rich demographic? Either way, every girl wanted a Samantha. If you owned her, you quickly learned the value of cachet.

By virtue of acquiring a status symbol early on (a Samantha doll was the designer jeans of third grade), you never quite had to worry about things the way other girls did. You therefore grew up to be confidant, capable, and nonplussed. You've always been well liked. You aren’t the funniest in your group, but you’ve never really noticed or cared. If you thought about it, you could probably recognize other women who had Samanthas. But that’s not that impressive: everybody can.

Molly McIntire:
If you had Molly, you probably wanted Samantha instead, but contented yourself with Molly because you too wore glasses, liked books, were bad at math, and would concoct various schemes to get attention. (Oh, Molly.) If you were a Molly, and had a Molly (as opposed to being a Molly and aspirationally owning a Felicity), you were imbued, then and now, with an immutable sense of self. At least Molly could tap dance, which is frankly more talent than any of the other girls exhibited.

As an adult, you’ve developed a carefully honed aptitude for sarcasm. You've gotten contacts, and a slightly edgy haircut. You still sort of want attention, but you deny it. You’ve thought back on your American Girl Doll, and tried not to be too resentful towards the person who gave her to you, who so obviously associated you with the descriptor “mousy.”

Kirsten Larson:
You probably got Kirsten because she was blond, or because you read a lot of Little House on the Prairie books. (It definitely wasn’t because of her "St. Lucia Christmas Outfit" ... yikes!)

Whatever superficial motivation led you to choose Kirsten, you quickly learned that life as a Swedish immigrant in Minnesota is not all lingonberry pie and ice fishing. Not halfway through the first book does Kirsten's best friend Marta die suddenly and tragically of cholera. This was shocking and horrifying. Obviously, you were used to cholera deaths (this being the age of Oregon Trail), but this time it was different.
You therefore grew up to be a bit more thoughtful, a bit more reserved than your peers. You also find yourself inexplicably drawn towards crafts like knitting, jam-making, and quilting. You secretly suspect that you'd manage just fine in a post-Apocalyptic setting, should things come to that. You were surprised and delighted to see some of Kirsten's outfits come back into style in certain enclaves of Brooklyn.

Felicity Merriman
You had Felicity because of one or more of the following reasons:
A) you had red hair
B) You thought she had the prettiest clothes and accessories.
C) Fewer people had Felicity, and you wanted to be unique.
D) You actually wanted Samantha but your mom thought Samantha’s dress looked like the top of a peanut butter jar so you got Felicity instead. (Just me? OK.)

You grew up to have an affinity for lovely things, a possibly inflated sense of your own uniqueness, a teensy hint of self-righteousness (remember how she refused tea when they raised the tea tax? "Thank you, I shall take no tea!"), and a latent familiarity with Colonial Williamsburg.

Addy Walker
If you were black, you had Addy because your parents were trying to encourage positive self-esteem in a market saturated with white dolls. If you were any other minority, you had Addy because your parents were trying to encourage positive self-esteem in a market saturated with white dolls. If you were white, and had Addy, it was because your progressive parents were trying to encourage broad world-views in a market saturated with white dolls.

Though arguably the most likeable of all the characters, Addy is more of a racial totem than personality- or era-driven doll: Her story doesn’t exactly provoke a nostalgia for slavery, and her accessory was, no kidding, a gourd. (The significance is obvious — how little girls would make their dolls play with the gourd is not.)
Girls who had Addy grew up with an acute sense of the lack of diversity in early-'90s consumer culture.

No American Girl Doll
Your parents wouldn’t buy you an American Girl doll because $80 is a ridiculous price to pay for a toy, which would then inevitably lead to the purchase of multiple accessories ranging from the overpriced ($18 for “Winter Accessories,” consisting of tiny doll mittens and a hat), to the exorbitant ($56 for an “Ice Cream Set,” consisting of tiny plastic scoops of ice cream), to the highway robbery ($349 for a “doll’s chest,” a.k.a. tiny wooden box).

You grew up to be financially independent, level-headed, unspoiled, and still just a little bit resentful whenever you walk by American Girl Place.

Hope you enjoyed it!  My favorite part is "a Samantha doll was the designer jeans of third grade" because it really was!  At least at my elementary school. Have a great Friday everyone!


  1. I love it! I never got an American Girl doll :( but I read the books and I got the magazine and would circle what I wanted out it! I think I fall into the last part about still being a bit resentful whenever I walk by American Girl Place!! :)

  2. I had Felicity! And a few of those points are actually true haha I loved that she was unique and none of my friends had her! {and I had strawberry blonde hair} And yes, I have an affinity for "lovely" things! haha