Thursday, February 26, 2009

barbie girl

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.
Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) theologian and member of german resistance movement

Children seldom misquote. In fact, they usually repeat word for word what you shouldn't have said.
Author Unknown

Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person, having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all out, just as they are, chaff and grain together, certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and with a breath of kindness blow the rest away.
George Eliot (1819-1880)novelist. Pseudonym of Mary Ann Evans

The difference between men and boys is the price of their toys.

Peace is a daily, a weekly, a monthly process, gradually changing opinions, slowly eroding old barriers, quietly building new structures.
John F. Kennedy (1917-1963)35th president of the U.S.

Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.
Albert Einstein (1879-1955) physicist, philosopher, peace activist

You know you've made it when you've been moulded in miniature plastic. But you know what children do with Barbie dolls - it's a bit scary, actually.
Cate Blanchett (b. 1969) actor

Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring.
Edward Gorey (1925-2000) author, designer and artist

notes on photos:
1) brianna and kenny trying out toys from a long by-gone era at hale farm and village, bath, ohio. july 2008.

2) me with my much loved raggedy ann. I remember having raggedy around throughout my childhood, once I went off to college, she mysteriously disappeared. she was much loved and hence much stained; I expect raggedy was the victim of some sort of purging campaign waged by my mother. however, I never had the nerve to ask and what would be the point anyway? photo taken by my dad, fall of 1956, san diego

3) em and her much loved mouse. mouse was the first 'toy' I bought for em while she was still yet a promise (e.g. I was 6 or 7 months pregnant). mouse is still around although he is now missing the black pom-pom on the end of his nose. he is still loved and adored by all the children who visit avenue c as evidence by the photo on the right of eli cuddling up with mouse (and his much beloved 'cozy' - half frog, half 'blankie'), january 2006. oh the photo above was taken in gigi's (em's great-grandmother's) garden, harwood mines, pennsylvania, summer 1982.

4) this is a photograph of my brother (in center) and two friends - I have no idea who the friends are, perhaps one went on to be a pilot and the other loves to ride motorcycles. the picture was snapped by my dad. the original a slide and later scanned and converted to digital. san diego, 1957 or 1958.

5) eli playing with the most classic of all toys - wooden blocks. who doesn't enjoy playing with blocks? december 2005.

6) ms t enjoys playing imaginative play with toy animals. the critters she is holding are artifacts from em's childhood . they were quite the rage in the mid 1980s and sold in family sets. em had families of raccoons, mice, squirrels, rabbits, and bears - each critter wore an adorable little outfit. unfortunately, these outfits are immediately removed by children of a certain age and a real pain to put back on - which explains why now we have a lot of animals au natural and a big pile of clothes.

7) barbies at the home of z who will be turning 16 in just a couple weeks. in case you haven't been paying attention, barbie is having a very significant birthday in just a few days. on march 9th, barbie will be celebrating her 50th birthday. I remember getting my first barbie in 1964. all my friends started getting barbies and so I desperately wanted a barbie. but my parents, sensible and frugal individuals that there were, weren't about to just go out and buy me a barbie. my mother told my brother and I that if we could learn to type, then we could choose a toy. at age nine, I learned the rudimentary skills of touch typing, as a reward I chose a barbie! I can't remember if my brother was motivated enough to learn how to type, and if he did what toy he chose, he would have been twelve. when I was a girl we tended to have one barbie and the big deal was to accumulate outfits. my barbie, like I, wore mainly handmade outfits. photo taken summer 2008, virginia.

8) baby bert (a rescued abandoned broken toy) now spending his days as a whimsical woodland nymph. the catskills, ny summer 2008


Baino said...

Lovely take on the theme as usual and the quality of that photo with your brother in it is wonderful, I'm assuming it's pretty old? Boys and Toys . .how true!

Mrsupole said...

I love the pictures and the stories that go with them. I have a funny feeling that Barbie played an important role in most of our lives.

Someone (I will not say who) was a nail biter, so she bit off the fingers of every Barbie doll bought. She even bit off the toes. She said the dog was doing it. She was finally found out. So many Barbies in the trash heap have no fingers or toes. Yes, so true about what are done to Barbies.

Oh if I would of had those Barbies. Oh well such is life.

The Clever Pup said...

My mother wanted me to steer clear of Barbies. I can see why. I did score a Julia (remember Julia? Dianne Carroll) Barbie when the show was big on TV.

I like your personal way of looking at the theme.

A Woman Of No Importance said...

Wonderful, Kimy - Beautiful shots interspersed with intelligently apt quotes - Lovely, thank you so much!

R.L. Bourges said...

Great pics, great quotes and wow, kimy - from Barbie to Bonhoeffer: that's what I call masterful!

"I'm a Barbie girl in a Barbie world" is now looping in my head - gad, thank you much for that :-)

I never owned one but then, they only started when I was twelve.

Here are my birthday wishes for Barbie: Chin up, girl - with or without plastic surgery. And yes, there is a life beyond menopause. "I'm a Barbie girl in a..." oh drats!

Candie Bracci said...

Really well done.Like usual very nice pictures,especially the old ones and the quotes too.
I particularly love the one of Einstein and the proverb.
Nice work

willow said...

The pic of you and Raggedy is priceless! Love the Eliot quote, too. Nice post.

John Hayes said...

Beautifully done-- love those old photos too-- so much aura.

Dakota Bear said...

Liked the quote that went along with the pictures.

Seeing all those Barbies reminds me of my granddaughter's bedroom. Her aunt gives her the Christmas edition every year, so she has approximately fourteen.

JGH said...

LOVE the photo of your brother and his friends. And with that quote? Classic!!

Never was much into Barbies. I liked the ones with the growing hair - Chrissie and Velvet. Never had a Raggedy Ann :-(

Roy said...

You know, I'm trying to remember if my sister ever had a Barbie doll. I'm not sure she did. Oh, but that video! That's kim, you just started an earworm. Heh, heh! I guess that's payback for the "Stayin' Alive" earworm.

And that's a nice collection of shots of children playing with their toys. Excellent take on the theme.

Anonymous said...

'Children seldom misquote..'- oh don't we know it!
It's always a treat visiting you on a Thursday- your photos and quotes go so well together.

Brian Miller said...

Nice pics. Love the Bonhoffer quote. How easily our children are push tot he side and forgotten in the midst of adult conquest. Your photos and stories play well together.

flawsnall said...

the boys and toys is a classic to keep forever!!!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

hi everyone - it's so fun to start wandering around and seeing how everyone is playing with theme today!!

it seems as the proverb of boys and their toys is striking a lot of bells! ha ha.

baino - your post is hilarious!!!

mrsupole - oh my I hope it wasn't you you nibbled on those barbie digits....although surely they would be made of non-toxic materials. but depending on how long ago this pica was, hum who knows.

clever - although I desperately wanted a barbie, I wasn't as crazed as many of my peers when it came to barbie-mania. I don't remember the julia doll although I do remember the show and liked the show very much, especially julia's little boy. for it's time, in the late 1960s, it probably was considered groundbreaking. haven't seen diahann carroll in a long while, wonder what she's up to....

woni - thanks! i love playing with matching quotes to photos

rlb - i am avoiding hitting that little triangle again as just recently got rid of that earworm!

candi - i bet albert had a weakness for toys (and probably built most himself), whacha think? he was certainly a playful individual.

willow - thank you, I really enjoyed your doll story. my poor raggedy had hardly a face last time I saw her...

john - thanks... I have so many wonderful old photos I've inherited. I like what you do with your dad's photos at the banjo.

dakota - yikes....does your granddaughter like getting the barbies? I always wonder about such things....and wonder if such gifts turn children into collectors, or if they gifts are more a mechanism of the giver to live out their passion.

jgh - our daughter had a couple barbies, but I think did what my mom did and purged them. but i don't think em was all that fond of barbies either and in fact at one point I said 'no barbies in our house' but then people would gift em a barbie and well, you know what can happen then....they stay for after all it was a gift!

roy - you will have to ask your sister. you are welcome for the return earworm!! xx

cinnamon ;)

brian - thank you i enjoy toying around matching the photos and quotes. don't adults know it's not nice to push!!

flawsnall - it is a classic!! it's when the boys toys start harming others when they get to be adults when we really need to say....okay no more toys for you!

VE said...

Great photos and quotes!

Avid Reader said...

liked the song-- "come on Barbie let's go party." but I always think of P. Hilton when I hear it now. GREAT PICS!!!!!!

tut-tut said...

scary to see the boy with the gun!

nice to see photos of you and em as tots.

barbie: I had an ORIGINAL Barbie with the case and everything. But a mysterious purge while I was at college, and it's history. Wonder what I might have gotten for it on eBay? Now I know how D feels after he learned his parents had given all his mint Lionel trains to his destructive nephews.

GReat post, and always great quotes.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

avid - your comment about paris hilton reminds me of a photo on a post that I just linked in a comment I posted to dot-com - the post is an old one and I forgot all about the pictures in it until I was reading her story of her old dolls from childhood. I wish I would have remembered the snap of em and her buds playing....and playing with my old dolls (really old dolls, they precede barbie!) interested? here's the post it's a great photo if I say so myself......

tut - we have quite a few of f's old trucks from when he was a boy, so we're talking really, really old.... unfortunately they were well loved and well used and probably aren't worth anything but sentimental value...we do have his old train set also, which I should unearth and set up, I bet the kids would love it....I used to always bring it out for the holidays when I decorated, but now I'm lucky to have a wreath, window candles and a some strings of lights.....

Colette Amelia said...

most awesome collection of memories!

California Girl said...

One of my earliest posts was about my dolls. My husband took a wicked photo of my broken Madame Alexander dolls and, though I wasn't thrilled with the photo, it fit the post. Love dolls.

my post & photo:

Megan said...

Great job as usual!

My Raggedy suffered a fatal accident and is no longer with me. But I do have one that belonged to my older cousin and yes, she is quite a dirty bird.

How long does it take you to find these wonderful quotes?

ArtSparker said...

I particluarly like the head on the tree with the Edward Gorey quote. what a character he was.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

ca - they are sweet to me, happy they made you smile too - toys will do that, won't they!

c.g. - thanks for the link. methinks your hubby was having a bit too much fun with that photo shoot! tee hee!

megan - I fantasized once about getting another raggedy, but the new ones aren't the same.... we have a wonderful family story about when I was little and my raggedy was left behind on an airplane, I was beside myself with grief. and then about a week later.. she showed up, someone did the research and found my family. this was around 1960!!

now, now I can't tell you how long it takes to find the quotes, what fun would that be...don't you know it's all magic! (answer - not as long as you might think - there is always something about a photo that speaks to me - for instance with baby bert - it's boring, bert is believed to be crack investigator that I am seize on that 'theme' as it were and come snap I have a quote I like.... well I guess I just answered that....the matching of photo and quote is what is fun!! and heave knows us girls just wanna have fun - apologies to cyndi)

as - i (heart) edward gorey!!!

Kris said...

I'm not sure who looks more shocked in that photo, you or raggedy ann!

Ronda Laveen said...

I love the pic boys n toys. Especially the 50's car in the back ground since it will be their "big boy" toy.

I'm a Barbie,la,la,la,la

My little sister used to take my Barbie's head off and make her ride her plastic ponies. Sacrilige.

Anonymous said...

Raggedy Ann. My Mom's favourite! Incredible post, mouse. Always :)

Cuppa Jo said...

Hoops with sticks! I love those! And the blocks! And the quote about children rarely if ever misquoting. That's so true.

Barbies4Sale! said...

Well, Thank God for your mother. And by that I mean, Wow! This is some blog. No doubt a direct result of your mother's intuition, inspiration, and Genius.

BTW. Do you still have your first Barbie? And if so, do you have any "idea" as to how much she is worth? ...Unless of course, you ripped her head off and flushed it down the toilet. ...But then, I'll leave that between you and Cate Blanchett. ;) ~ Barbie

Dot-Com said...

I'd almost forgotten the Barbie Girl song, now it'll be stuck in my head for the rest of the day. Lovely pics!

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

I love your Thursday Theme toy post - such gorgeous images - so evocative of childhood and fun.

And as for that quote about children being able to repeat word for word - oh how embarrassingly so! :-)

Meri Arnett-Kremian said...

I love the JFK quote about peace. And the quote about children repeating, not misquoting. . . we've all seen proof of that in our own lives. Cate Blanchett's quote about Barbie dolls is hilarious, but my favorite Barbie story involved two clients divorcing who had a huge mountain of debt but no property to speak of except the wife's collection of Barbies. Of course, this is what the husband (not my client) decided to fight for. I'm happy to say he lost.

e said...

Lovely photos, all, but I especially like the ones of you and Em. My Raggedy disappeared in a mother's purge...(Why do they do that???)

Barbara said...

Love the picture of the 3 boys. Always hated that doll who took my name!

Salty Miss Jill said...

I LOVE that photo of you!
And I always enjoy seeing the ever-glamorous Ms. T. That hair! Those eyelashes! Work it!

Reya Mellicker said...

We were not allowed to have Barbie dolls because they had breasts. But I was allowed to have a Skipper doll. She had better hair.

Oliag said...

I was too old to get a Barbie doll but did have the precursor to Barbie - Jill...wonder if anyone ever heard of her?

Love the pic of your brother and friends!

K. said...

The first picture and the one of your brother and his friends are especially quite wonderful.

Ladrón de Basura (a.k.a. Junk Thief) said...

My sister had a Barbie but preferred to play with her friend Midge. Have you ever seen the documentary on the woman who invented Barbie and died of breast cancer? It delved into many interesting issues about the doll's evolution from one in Germany that inspired it, its impact on women's perception of their bodies and how it is still a divisive topic. There is a Barbie Museum in Palo Alto that I've always wanted to visit.

Auntie, aka cagny said...

Cool photo of those Barbie dolls! Are they really yours? I still have my collection.
We NEVER grow up.

Anonymous said...

woowwwww lovelyy photos..

and nice blog;)

cu :)

Edward Yablonsky said...

The test of the morality of a society is what it does for its children.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) theologian and member of german resistance movement

I liked your comment by the quote. I have read Bonhoeffer's The Cost of Discipleship" and the costs are severe in following conscience and morality. Society then and now fails in the treatment and regard for children. Children can be uncanny, iconclastic but have a purity and naivete about them for the most part even in their anger that never ceases to amaze me.