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When my mom asked me earlier in the year what I wanted for Christmas, I told her I wanted something totally impractical and frivolous and fun. My inner-child needed it. So imagine my joy on Christmas when I opened the gift from my mother...



...and saw that she got me Molly.


I've wanted a Molly doll since she was introduced back in 1986. My mom always refused to shell out $90 for a doll I'd be *playing* with, so no Molly for me.

I was a big fan of dolls as a kid and still collect them as an adult (the expensive, not-for-play type), though I haven't gotten one for years. My grandpa is the one that got me collecting, as he gave me all the expensive dolls from Germany & Japan that he had in his collection.

I still love looking at the doll aisle at Toys R Us. Every year when I take names off of the Angel Tree at church, I always make sure to get the tags of little girls wanting baby dolls, just because I love shopping for dolls and know I'll never be buying dolls for girls of my own.

Molly came in a fancy, old-fashioned box...the type where you lift the cover off...and was swaddled in layers of tissue paper. I teared up as I was opening the box, not going to lie.

Molly has always been my favorite American Girl doll, mainly because of her 1940s back story (history major here) and her braids (which remind me of my braids as a kid) and her glasses (glasses are love). Because Mom ordered her off of the internet and gave them my email addy in the process, I keep getting emails from the company urging me to buy outfits for Molly, and I'd be lying if I didn't admit that I consider it sometimes...

Cousins & the like have been asking me what I'm going to *do* with her, at my age, and they're so missing the point. She makes me happy just sitting on my shelf. She reminds me of being carefree and believing that the sky was the limit and that I wasn't always jaded and confused and worried about things that are out of my hands.

...ah, to be 10 again...

(do 10-year-olds even play with dolls anymore?)


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celtic_fish
Dec. 30th, 2008 08:06 pm (UTC)
My sister Molly has a Molly. She's 22, and still treats that doll like she's made of gold. Her Molly doll means the world to her. :)

And honestly, it entirely depends on the 10 year old. I can't speak for the general populace, but the American Girl Doll bookclub our homeschool group offered last semester was one of the first classes to fill up, and it was for ages 7-12.
amyofaquitaine
Dec. 30th, 2008 09:21 pm (UTC)
I'm glad I'm not alone, being an adult with an American Girl doll ;)

That's good to hear. I was afraid girls stopped playing with dolls around 7 or 8 these days. The girls I know in that 7-12 range never liked dolls, so I wasn't sure how it worked any more.

Is it wrong that I totally want to go to one of the American Girl stores & have a tea party now?
celtic_fish
Dec. 30th, 2008 09:24 pm (UTC)
My sisters did that when they were in high school, and had a blast. I think it was spring break of Molly's junior year and Katie's freshman year, and they took Molly and Samantha to AG Place in Chicago and did the tea party and got the dolls new hairdos and the whole nine yards. They said it was way too fun. :)
amyofaquitaine
Dec. 30th, 2008 09:33 pm (UTC)
Oh, man, now I have to find someone to road trip with me to Chicago. <3
rowan_belle
Dec. 31st, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
OH MY GOD! That is the coolest Christmas present I have ever seen!!! You are too cool. Someone asked me this year what my favorite Christmas memory was and I said opening up my Felicity American Girl in second grade. Since then I got Addy and Kirsten. I don't think anyone's too old to have dolls, especially when they mean so much to you.

My sister has Samantha, Molly and Josephina. They were all such a big part of our childhood. OH - and I recently went to the American Girl store in NYC and they're discontinuing Samantha!! I find this appalling :(
amyofaquitaine
Dec. 31st, 2008 01:05 pm (UTC)
Thanks, bb. I'm still psyched over it, but no one in RL *gets* it. They laugh at me when I'm all excited about getting a *doll* :(

ITA about discontinuing Samantha! I always wanted her, after getting Molly, of course. Mainly because I like her dresses, lol.

I soooo want to go to one of the stores...I need to get on that asap!
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