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Does Collecting Make You Feel Dirty?
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derdriu From: derdriu Date: October 27th, 2008 03:27 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
Wow. I used to be all about those dolls and it has been forever since I've seen one.

cbertsch From: cbertsch Date: October 27th, 2008 03:46 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
This is number four in her collection. She just started last year, during a difficult transition to third grade. We had sort of discouraged them until then, given the expense, but the stories and self-help guides proved our anxiety about their function wrong. I mean, they are status items. But they also get played with in more innocent and prolonged ways than other toys. And since we want her to stay comfortable with play-acting and such as she enters the awkward years, it seemed a good thing to help reinforce her interest.
derdriu From: derdriu Date: October 27th, 2008 05:03 pm (UTC) (LINK TO SPECIFIC ENTRY)
I'm not exactly sure when I started to collect them, but I think it was roughly around the 3rd or 4th grade. My parents were not conscious of anything as complex as encouraging my play, play-acting, et cetera. I think they simply supported the idea of me collecting something because I wasn't into collecting the typical "collector's items" like they were, and that confused them.

Oddly, the dolls were never a status symbol. At least not then. No one I knew had them and I remember being made fun of for having them. This, of course, didn't deter me from them, but caused me to hide them when friends came over.

I always wanted the fashion of the "modern" dolls, but my mother made fun of it and just refused. I wonder how my experience with them would have been had I been allowed to explore that. I have no idea.

I've said it before... it is amazing and inspiring of hope for me to read about the way in which you and your partner raise your daughter. It's just really, really cool.
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