No! Not Barbie!

21 Mar

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From Chapter 5: Barbie and the In-Crowd


Not to forget the seminal moment of my young girlhood, the Christmas when Barbie was all the rage, ’59 or ’60 I think, and I had asked Santa for a race car set.  When I opened my main present and it was a Barbie, I burst out crying!  How could Santa do this to me?  I was very clear on the subject of what I wanted for Christmas when I sat on his lap and when I wrote him a letter.  How could he possibly mess it up this badly?  And here I was on the best day of the whole year and I couldn’t stop crying. Dad was in a panic, he thought every little girl wanted a Barbie. 


He called his friend who owned a toy store (this is on Christmas Day, mind you) and begged him to open up just long enough for him to get a race car set for his daughter or her heart would be permanently broken! He returned with the present Santa had “accidentally left outside.” 

I was ecstatic!  There it was — the race car set of my dreams!  Deep down I had known that somehow Santa would come through in the end!  I joyfully set it up and promptly tied Barbie to the track.  It was a beautiful sight to see the cars crash over Barbie — the perfectly skinny plastic girl I would never in a lifetime resemble.  Die Barbie!


Clearly this little girl who saw herself as the conquering hero, fantasized that she would travel to the ends of the earth and delighted in destroying Barbie was not destined to be anyone’s version of Suzie Homemaker.


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27 Responses to “No! Not Barbie!”

  1. saraphen March 22, 2013 at 12:39 pm #

    GEEZ, I was too old by the time Barbie came along. I wouldn’t have been a Barbie girl, either.

    • Mutinous Boomer March 22, 2013 at 5:24 pm #

      Having read a good deal of your book, Sarah, no, I don’t think you would have been a Barbie girl at all! Thanks for stopping by!

  2. Shelley Lieber March 22, 2013 at 1:49 pm #

    I love this excerpt! I’m sending it to a friend who “collects” Barbie memorabilia of this fashion. Very well done!

    • Kathleen Valentine March 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm #

      I LOVE it!!! Good for her for running over Barbie. And what a nice dad!

      • Mutinous Boomer March 22, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

        Thanks Kathleen! And I really DID run over Barbie! Again and again! You are so right, my dad was nice and incredible. Thanks for stopping by, I’ll be at your blog soon…

    • Mutinous Boomer March 22, 2013 at 5:23 pm #

      Thanks Shelley! I have friends who collect dolls and when I tell this story, it makes them wince – to think what that Barbie would be worth today!? Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. Lisa March 22, 2013 at 4:49 pm #

    What a wonderful father.

  4. Sandra Nachlinger March 22, 2013 at 4:56 pm #

    So funny! I loved my baby dolls, their clothes handmade by my mom, but I was almost too old to play with them when Barbie came along. Though my parents bought me a Barbie knock-off, she never learned to play well with the other dolls and spent a lot of time alone. She just wasn’t cuddly!
    Here’s the link to my Boomer Lit Friday post.

    • Mutinous Boomer March 22, 2013 at 5:20 pm #

      Nope! There wasn’t anything cuddly about Barbie! Funny that you would say she never learned to play well with the other dolls. Ha! You make me laugh Sandra! And thanks for dropping by!

  5. John Klawitter March 22, 2013 at 5:08 pm #

    This is a clearly defined scene from the past. I think there is a clear path in Boomer Lit for nostalgia, well written. Well done!

    • Mutinous Boomer March 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm #

      Thanks so much, John. I think the definition of Boomer Lit will continue to evolve. In my case, the scenes from the past, the nostalgia, was the place I had to go back to so I could redefine myself in today’s world. Remembering what a mutinous kid I was (and young adult and middle aged adult…) inspired me to rekindle that spark in my current Boomer life. I appreciate your kind words! Cheers!

  6. amywolfie March 22, 2013 at 5:36 pm #

    LOL! I NEVER played with Barbies! My friends & I were into Johnny West, the Marx 12″ figures which included horses, knights, & Vikings!! Still have a couple hanging around. . .

    • Mutinous Boomer March 22, 2013 at 6:02 pm #

      I like you already Amy! Guess you saw little me in the cowgirl get-up at the end of the post. Always had my six shooter on, just in case! Thanks so much for sharing & for the LOL!

  7. Donn March 22, 2013 at 5:39 pm #

    Good snippet, Marsha. It brought back memories. We’re obviously the same vintage, as I remember my sister getting her Barbie garb around that time. She ended up playing with my slot cars, too.

    • Mutinous Boomer March 22, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

      Thanks, Donn. And what a nice brother that you let her play with your slot cars – cool!

  8. Michael Murphy March 22, 2013 at 8:37 pm #

    The Barbie image really lets the reader know the character, someone a reader would definitely want to spend some time with. Loved this excerpt.

    • Mutinous Boomer March 22, 2013 at 8:41 pm #

      Thanks Michael! That’s what I’m hoping for, readers who want to spend more time with me – just like they do you!

  9. Tyler Roberts March 22, 2013 at 11:11 pm #

    Marsha loved the Barbie piece! I just picked up your book, but have not quite gotten that far. I also had a good laugh at your comment on my own blog about “social disease media.” So I have an offer to make to you. If your interested, I would like to gift you a copy of my own book Truth’s Blood. The two old gents who are the main characters take some shots at a lot of things, all within the context of the story. I could be wrong but somehow I think you’ll like it. If you would send me your email address so I can send a kindle copy from Amazon (there’s that social media thing again 🙂 ) I would be happy to send you a free copy. My email is if you want to send me your email so I can send you the book. Do you have a kindle? 🙂

    • Mutinous Boomer March 23, 2013 at 1:14 pm #

      Thank you Tyler! I have taken you up on your generous offer and sent my Kindle info directly to your email address. Cheers!

  10. claudenougat March 23, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    Yip, no Suzy Homemaker here, wow, the violence! I love it!

    • Mutinous Boomer March 23, 2013 at 1:16 pm #

      Yeah, I gave the Suzy Homemaker thing a brief try and it was a no-go! Thanks for stopping by and loving it, Claude!

  11. Lynn Schneider March 23, 2013 at 7:40 pm #

    I’m pretty sure my father would not have done this. And, of course, I would have been thrilled with a Barbie but unfortunately she came along a little after I would have use for dolls any longer!

    • Mutinous Boomer March 23, 2013 at 7:59 pm #

      You would have been thrilled with a Barbie?! Now THAT surprises me! But, I won’t hold it against you! And, yes, my father was an unbelievably good dad. No question he went above and beyond that day and many others.

  12. faithmortimerFaith Mortimer March 24, 2013 at 6:53 am #

    Good scene here, enjoyed my snippet read

  13. Linda Lange March 24, 2013 at 7:02 pm #

    Marsha, I’ve done a quick read through your book and enjoyed it … will go back to it before posting comments or a review on the discussion thread. This was one of my favorite chapters. It goes a long way to establish you as the “mutinous boomer.” And I love the pictures of little Marsha on the blog!

    • Mutinous Boomer March 24, 2013 at 7:17 pm #

      Thanks Linda! It was a fun chapter to write and crazy enough – all true! And, again thanks about the little Marsha pictures. I have a bunch of those to pull from – almost all of them are mutinous!

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