“One of the advantages of being disorderly is that one is constantly making exciting discoveries.” A. A. Milne
It’s also an advantage of being a pack-rat. A couple of weeks ago I started working through some boxes that were lovingly moved from storage at our old house to storage in our current house. Wow, you cannot believe what I found! Some of it went directly to the trash, some to Goodwill, some went back in a box because although I could think of nothing to do with the treasure now I couldn’t bear the thought of getting rid of it. I’ve already admitted I’m a pack-rat so no judging. Some of the items were so historical that I had to photograph them before discarding them, which I think is making major strides as 2 years ago they would have remained in my “stay” pile and now only live on in cyber space. And one of my most interesting finds landed in Arabella’s room!
Deeply hidden for many years, I discovered my childhood Barbie case.
I, of course, have fond memories of the special toys that resided within and was immediately flooded with nostalgia. There were 3 very sad Barbies and 3 Ken dolls – actually 2 were Ken and one was Donny Osmond, complete with his purple jumpsuit. Come on, someone give me some love on this and tell me they, too, had Donny and Marie Barbies :). “I’m a little bit country, I’m a little bit Rock ‘n Roll”. Poor Marie was apparently a victim of the years as her purple dress was recovered, but there was no sign of her.
In the old box, there were no sparkling princesses like those that are contained within my daughter’s current Barbie case and none of the dolls had buttons that allowed them to sing a tune made popular by a $14.99 DVD. But there was a lot of classic ’70s clothing and even a pair of knee-high pink boots. Most were, as would be expected, in less than perfect condition but they proved to be a real treasure anyway. They provided me with fond memories and Arabella with hours of play.
Apparently, although Barbie has changed with the times, she herself has remained timeless and comes out shining, even if she is a bit worn.