Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Little Girls, Modesty and Barbie

Hello friends!
It was a wonderful long weekend around here….lots of doing nothing, some appliance shopping, and some movie watching.  (We took the kids to see Kung Fu Panda at our new favorite movie spot, the Sister’s Movie house-so fun there!  The movie was great too, we all loved it.)
But, now here’s something I’ve been wanting to tell you about for a while.  I actually sat down to post about it and ended up saying something totally different.  That’s okay, I think sometimes other words need to be said.
I’ve been crocheting for awhile now, I’m not super fabulous at it but I can stitch a straight line and read a pattern.  I had been browsing our library’s books on crochet, looking for different things to try when I found Crochet for Barbie.  I was intrigued and snatched it up.

I was interested in this book for two reasons.  First off, I wanted to try something new.  But there’s more, I’ve been feeling a bit appalled about Barbie’s wardrobe lately.  If you have little girls and have seen what kind of outfits are available for Barbie then you know what I mean.  Short skirts, short shorts, tight tops, low cut tops, shoes I’d be embarrassed to wear to church.  And on and it goes.  I have always wondered how on earth I could teach my girls about modesty when their toys don’t even seem to care.  So I grabbed the book and got to stitching.
And here’s my confession:  for some reason this was really hard.  I couldn’t get the stitches right, the hook was so tiny it was difficult to work with.  And with those tiny little stitches the whole thing took a long time.  I nearly gave up and returned to book back to the library out of frustration.  But something made me stop.  I guess I had a mom moment when I thought of my parents and how determined they were to raise me right.  They didn’t give up teaching me what I needed to know, even when it was hard.  When I wanted to wear those trendy short shorts and low cut tops they stood up for modesty and said no.  When I was being a stinker as a teenager they were steadfast in their love and guidance for me.
This Barbie project became for me a picture of motherhood.  I need to be determined and dedicated, I need to strive to teach my girls the value of modesty and a good name.  I continued on and finished one skirt and one shirt.  And now, one trashy Barbie outfit has been discarded.  That makes me happy.  I don’t want to take fun toys away from kids just because I don’t agree with them.  I want my kids to see the lesson in them. 
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There was a big lesson for me in this.  Not to give up, to always being willing to stand up for the values we believe in and to look for the lesson in everything.
I’ve learned some, my girls have learned some, and Barbie is on her way to a new wardrobe-one stitch at a time.
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And on an unrelated note, I was over the moon at all your wonderful comments on my first wiww post.  They made my day, really they did.  Thank you.  It was fun to play along and post, I don’t know that I’ll get to linking up every week but I do know that I’m more conscious of what I wear .  I’ve been taking a little more time to look a bit more presentable and a bit less like I’ve just come in from the gym. 

2 comments:

  1. great job at being dedicated to the barbie makeover. i struggle with the same. for christmas, i searched for tasteful clothes for all the barbies we have, but found none by that brand. i ended up buying a nice and cheap set with several outfits by a knock-off brand (don't remember what!) that were ALL pretty and none were inappropriate. i was so thankful to find it. extra great that you made your efforts into a teachable moment. thanks for sharing.

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  2. wonderful. such a good lesson you found there in your crochet! love it!

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