We got the new American Girl catalog the other day…as always Brianna and I honored our pact to look at it together first. No peeking! Somewhere between then and now I got over my frustration with American Girl’s changes to the dolls, clothing, packaging, and PermaPanties.
Not that I embrace those changes. Not at all.
I think what I realized is that I’m not a collector. Now, some may say that anyone who has received/bought three dolls since turning 40 is most definitely a collector, but the prospect of buying AG items in the years to come isn’t really where my fun comes from.
Where my interests fit in to the AG world is in the stories – both the ones written by AG authors, and especially the ones I dream up for the blog. If I’ve got my Julie, Kit and Addy (Ok, and Brianna’s Maryellen whom I have sort of stolen from her), I have what I need to create stories. I cherish the outfits I do have, especially some of the Christmas and historical outfits from my mom and my mother-in-law, and I hope that there will be some other quality items to add in the future (Julie’s basketball outfit, I’m talkin’ to you!)
The other thing I appreciate about my “un-collection” is my friendship with all of you. Whether you are a tween, teen, or way grown-up, we are bucking the idea that dolls are only for little girls. We all deserve play time!
Whatever Mattel does with American Girl I won’t let it steal my joy.