What's your Barbie story?
When our niece was about 4, my husband and I were at her parents' house hanging out one day and keeping her entertained. She had her Barbie dolls out and we had an idea. We didn't play dress up or tea. Barbie wasn't a stewardess, a veterinarian or a doctor. This Barbie became -- Tina Turner!
We started it out nice and easy -- just like Tina and Ike did in their version of "Proud Mary." You can see it right here:
Then just like Tina, Barbie -- or my husband and I -- went crazy! We danced Barbie all around the room, trying to get the spirit of Tina into that piece of plastic. Barbie/Tina did the swim, she swung her hair, she shimmied from side to side. And our niece? She was laughing so hard that she fell to the floor in a heap. Yes, we would do anything just to hear that giggle.
So, what's your Barbie memory? She's turning 50 in March and we want to know when she became a part of your life. Do you still play with Barbies -- but you call it collecting? Or do you have fun playing with them with your daughters?
We want your Barbie anecdotes for a story that will run around her big day, which is March 9. You can leave your comments at the end of this blog, you can email us firstname.lastname@example.org, or you can send them via snail mail to Barbie Memories, c/o Sherry Robinson, St. Petersburg Times, 490 First Ave. S, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
Remember, one girl's Barbie might be another one's Tina Turner. Roll on!
-- Sherry Robinson