Most of us become parents someday and try to give our kids the things we didn't have ourselves while growing up.
The bad thing about this is that if we go overboard our children will not appreciate it. The good thing is, I never had to worry about giving my kids the things I lacked because all I had to do was provided basic necessities and they would be ahead of where I was!
Right now, if you are thinking along the lines of food, clothing, security or stability, you would be right. But, that is not what this blog post is about.
This is about a Barbie head and the EZBake Oven.
Every single birthday or Christmas since I was around the age of six, I asked for the Barbie Fashion Head or an EZbake oven, and never got either. All my friends had at least one of these items, but year after year I got gifts like this:
age 11 - a pillow
age 16 - a matchbox car
age 17 - a King Sized Snickers bar
and my personal favorite
age 12 - Fish burgers.
Mackerel Patties on a bun with Miracle Whip for dinner when everyone knows I HATE any kind of seafood. Yuck.
Still turns my stomach at the thought of it.
Anyway, you get the idea. My parents didn't even want us to have a KEN doll because it would "tempt us to pretend kiss with our barbies".
Eventually, my mom let us get a Donny Osmond Ken doll at a yard sale because "Donny would never be naughty and kiss barbie before marriage". Uh, okay..... This craziness is why my sisters and I got creative.
We found tons of ways to make barbie houses or barbie clothes & accessories!
I'm sure my life would have better in the long run, if only i had been able to strengthen my cooking skills and my make-up/hair styling skills. (insert sarcasm here)
I will never be able to experience the joy of a proper Ken, like all the other little girls did. Never able to style Barbie's head. All you girls out there who had what I wished for:
at least you had a moment of bonding with Barbie while doing her eyeshadow. You baked proudly in your EZBake oven. Lucky girls. (Sigh*) What is the saying again?
Oh yes, now I remember.....
"It is better to have cooked and styled, than it is to have never cooked and styled at all."