Times change and advancements are made. Technology moves us forward and new items are constantly being made. What stays the same are children. Kids will be kids.
I remember my mom saying to me that as kids we used to love the boxes our Christmas presents came in more than the presents themselves. That’s because a box wasn’t just a box. It was anything you wanted it to be.
Barbie is one of those items that remains steadfast but allows kids to open their minds, create, imagine and have fun. Barbie is whoever you want her to be.
Watching my oldest play with her barbies was like peeking through a window of time and seeing a younger me. My daughter brushing her hair, changing her clothes to suit her own mood and even teaching Barbie how to fly. Two barbies would meet and have a cup of tea or go shopping. A little like her mom I think. Like every Barbie owner she even tried “stylishly cutting” her hair. All of this may of looked like simple play but it was a stepping stone to understanding who she was and who she could be. Imagination has created a lot of the technology we use.
Barbie evolved over the years reflecting how society has changed. The job openings that were now available to woman that didn’t used to be. As such, my daughter had more options, more visions to create.
Today, I play Barbie with my 4 year old granddaughter. She’s in the early stages playing out a type of puppet show where we both hide and only our Barbies are visible. We laugh and talk and visit and ask questions…well, our Barbies do.
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