by Tracee Sioux
Yesterday we went walking, the kids and I, to get our exercise and take a break what seemed to be a downward spiral of bickering and frustration at home.
There's a prayer sanctuary near our house that's open to the public with some wishing wells out front. It's about a mile so we ventured forth.
Let's go in and pray. We can show God our gratitude for our blessings.
Not me. I'm praying for a Barbie.
Stupid Freaking Barbie! When she had one she dismembered and beheaded it. Now, it's her heart's desire.
Is it only because it's forbidden? I got her a Barbi-like knock off - do you think she'll be satisfied?
We made our wishes in the fountain, on penny at a time and then we had some more so we moved onto the nickels, dimes and quarters. Then Ainsley tried to fish them out because she was out of money but still had more wishes.
You can't steal other people's wishes Ainsley. And if you get your wishes back they might not come true.
So, in we went to pray. I knelt and prayed out loud (it's uncomfortable for me, but I try to teach by example) for all the wonderful gifts we've been given.
She went over to the spiral notebook and started writing.
Please bless that mom and dad will love each other all the time. Please let my brother be nice, she wrote.
Then we came home and she wrote a letter to Santa.
Mom how do you spell Barbie?
How do you spell Sleeping Beauty Princess Dress?
Okay now how to I write Barbie Computer?
Do you think he could really fit a tree house in a present?
A few days ago we were making a Dream Board, you know a collage of our dreams that we hope to come true. A visual representation of our goals, if you will.
She cut out a Bratz bedspread.
You don't want that, I tried convincing her.
I do want it.
Like every mother, my hearts desire is to make all her dreams come true at Christmas. But, you'll notice that I have a moral objection to nearly every toy on her list?
Is it irony, karma or a case of wanting the forbidden only because it's forbidden? Or is it the mass marketing to girls today telling them they must want these things?
I've my theories but I'd really, truly love to hear yours.
Pro-Ana Cheerleader Barbies
How Come Zack Gets A Barbie?
Bob vs. Barbie
Friends With Barbies
Go Bratz Go!
No Bratz No! Tantrum Or Go With The Flow?
Cinderella Should Have Saved Herself
Ariel - The Little Mute
Belle - Battered Codependent