Wednesday, September 22, 2010
The original Barbie doll was released in March 1959 and so I immediately placed her on my Christmas list. My parents meant well but instead of Barbie, I received the "generic teen doll" who looked nothing like Barbie but was able to fit into her clothes. I eventually got over it. Or at least I thought I did.
I was having lunch with a friend a few months ago and we started talking about things that we liked, wished we had. I mentioned that I had seen a news story last year about Barbie's 50th birthday (she has aged well) and that I had always wanted one. I loved the original Barbie with the black and white striped swimsuit, wearing sunglasses and black heels. Mattel was manufacturing reproductions of the original and I thought it would be fun to have one.
I didn't think anything more about it after our conversation. We met for lunch last week to get caught up and celebrate my August birthday. Well...you guessed it. She bought me a Barbie... and included in the box was a vintage pattern from the 1960s for a whole wardrobe of Barbie outfits. I am so excited- I just may start sewing again! Seriously. She was worth waiting for. Thank you, Karen!