The lives of our children and youth are so different now than they were 30-40 years ago. I didn't have an Xbox or even a handheld game device, much less the Internet, but I think I had a really good imagination as did my peers. We had to! Without an imagination, we would have been bored out of our minds. I was bored my fair share of the time... car rides for example. That was a rite of passage in our era: No movies to watch, radio on your parents' favorite music, sitting in the back seat - or the back of the station wagon!
I was pretty much a girlie-girl growing up. My favorite thing to do was to play "house." I loved my baby dolls! My favorite one was a doll I named Chrissy (I think it was spelled Crissy, but she was my baby). She had an auburn ponytail they called "growing hair." I loved that doll! I played "house" with her for hours on end. I got her when I was in first grade, I think.
The last doll I got was a Baby Alive. I think I was the only fifth grade girl who wanted a doll for Christmas that year. I loved feeding her, changing her, dressing her, and being her mommy.
My second favorite thing to do was play with Barbies. My favorite one was a Barbie with dark brown hair that flipped up on the ends.
I had suitcases full of clothes and shoes. I had an old Barbie house, not one of the "Dream" houses they came out with when I had almost outgrown them. I also loved Skipper, expecially the one with ringlet pigtails and my "Dawn" dolls which were even smaller than Skipper. They had beautiful ball gowns!
I also loved playing with paper dolls. I wonder how long kids today would be entertained with those?
And I enjoyed playing "school" with all of my dolls. Maybe that's why I became a teacher, but the class I ran back in those days was so much better behaved than the ones I have now! It's so much fun taking a trip down memory lane.