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I Guess that Day Has Finally Come


I’ve been looking forward to this day in a lot of ways, but also dreading it.  It’s hard to think of Corde all grown up and how much she’s changed over the past several years.  She somehow went from being a little bratty princess (and she would tell everyone that she was bratty, so her words, not mine) to being this mature kind of girl.  It’s great, and is going to make my life so much easier, but it’s also kind of sad.  It feels like it’s all happening too soon.

So what is this cause for my feelings?  Corde has decided to give up most of her toys.  She’d rather have room for her art supplies in her bedroom, maybe get a computer.  She’s decided she’s too grown up for most of it.  She’d rather move on to other things.  I can understand.  When I was her age I gave up most of my toys too.  Well, I still had them, but I only ever played with a select few.

Corde’s toys aren’t going far.  They’re going to Oz’s cousin’s daughter, so Corde can still visit with them, play with them, all of that.  She really hasn’t been playing with them, so it’s good for her.  She’ll have that much more room when she’s done downsizing it all.  She’s still going to keep her American Girl dolls and some of her favorite stuffed animals.  She’s got some other stuff she’s keeping, but the Barbies and Littlest Pet Shop toys are all going.  Beekee and Sander like the Barbies well enough, but I don’t think they’ll notice that they’re gone.  They have other dolls to play with that I’m a lot more comfortable with.  I’ve always had a problem with the image Barbies presented, but I didn’t know how to tell my family I took issue with it.  I’m not going to be completely sad to see them go.

We’re going to be downsizing the boys toys too, but not to the same extent.  They’re still very much into toys.  Corde likes to play with their toys too, but it’ll be a good exercise in more minimalist living.  We only want to keep the things she truly wants.  She’s going to be setting a positive example for her brothers.

On we move, into new things.  Corde is growing up.  She’s almost to the point of being called a “preteen”, which is scary enough.  It’s not something any of us are really ready to face.  I’m looking forward to following her journey into adulthood, a journey that’s approaching far faster than I really wanted it to, but everything happens when it needs, not when you want it to.


Author: Fox

With four kids, who has time for much? We spend a lot of time together, which translates to a lot of knitting time for me when we hang out. We've been trying to get back to our unschooling roots. We watch a lot of videos, play a lot of games, and pay attention to the things we notice in our everyday life. It's been quite the big adventure!

7 thoughts on “I Guess that Day Has Finally Come

  1. Completely hear you on the barbies! I actually wrote a paper in college regarding barbies and my loathe for them and the issues I see surrounding them!

    • I’m glad I’m not the only one! Unfortunately, they’re trendy toys to have. Thankfully, I no longer have a little girl so no one will be inclined to buy them for my family. My boys prefer larger dolls anyway.

      • My little cousins (8 and 11) are obsessed with “monster high” its like bratz meets gothic barbie. I find them frightening..
        But lets be honest, large dolls are more fun!

      • Corde wanted a Monster High doll for Christmas. I’m glad we didn’t get her one because she’s decided to give all of that up. More accurately, I’m glad Oz didn’t decide to get one for her. I don’t find them frightening (but I used to be a goth girl), but I definitely don’t find them appropriate for girls. Why is it these dolls always have to wear such sexy clothes? It’s subtle pressure towards the objectification of women! Of course, I’ve always tried not to push Corde on thinking that way. I want her to make up her own mind.

      • That reminds me, I found this photo ( ), In addition to objectifying women the pressure it puts on young girls to achieve “that” body is horrifying.
        There is a youtube video (it is actually a documentary which made its way to youtube) by Jean Kilbourne titled “killing us softly” there are 4 updated versions, which all look at advertisements and the pressure society places on mainly woman

      • That’s an awesome article. I’ll have to look out for that documentary too. I think it would be good to watch with Corde, especially as she is getting older now.

      • It is a huge eye-opener. Let me know if you watch it!

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