On to the second reason, our young ladies. Most girls are not playing with dolls past the age of 9 or 10. Sometimes they don't even make it that long. Some of them don't want to play with dolls, but even those that do, tend to put them away pretty early. Usually there is pressure, spoken and not spoken, that says "you are too old to be playing with dolls". I beg to differ. I've been meeting quite a few young ladies, who have been commenting about my YouTube videos and looking at my Facebook Fan Page. I even had a 10 year old ask me if she was too old to play with Barbies. Broke my heart! I've had this question posed to me on several occassions, and my answer is always the same. NO! I then tell them, if they are getting pressure from friends and family, that they should start calling themselves Doll Collectors. It has a more prestigious ring to it.
This past week I had 2 incidents happen that made me feel so proud. The first was a young lady who introduced herself as a Barbie Producer/Director. We proceeded to have about an hour conversation through FB. About 45 min into the conversation, I realized that I wasn't talking to an adult, like I had thought. Turns out this young lady was 11. LOL! I had no clue. She was so mature in asking her questions and gathering information to further her "pending" career. She just posted a picture of her first Barbie family on my FB fanpage. Isn't that sweet?
The second incident happened yesterday. One of my blog followers posted a comment on one of my latest Beach videos. She sent me to check out her new blog, http://barbiegirlincrazyworld.blogspot.com/. She, too, has just started a blog where she is starting to feature her Barbie families. That didn't really shock me. What did shock me was finding out that she is only 13! I have had a couple conversations with her before, and never had a clue that she was 13. I probably shouldn't attempt to take any credit for her starting this blog, but since my blog is the only one she is following, how can I not! LOL!
This is why I do what I do! I love the joy I feel when I do it, and I want others to feel joy from their dolls or other hobbies. I also want young ladies to know there is a whole world of doll people out there that are well beyond their teenage years and we play hard!