i mentioned a while back that eva wanted an american girl doll for christmas. well, her birthday happens to be a week before christmas, and her uncle happens to spoil her. lo and behold last saturday evening, she opened a present to an audible gasp and the best look i have seen on her face. pure joy. she got her saige doll.
but before that happened, she had her friends birthday party. like i mentioned yesterday, there were seven seven-year olds there...all adorable little girls, but i can see the drama already happening in their lives. one of her best friends, whom i adore, showed up, smiled very big at me, and whispered in my ear that she bought eva an american girl doll for her birthday. it was an our generation doll...and i'm not saying that to be snotty, it's part of the story. anyway, it was our generation, and when eva opened it, she loved it just as much if it were an american girl doll. in fact, she thought it was an american girl doll. until...
the little girl who bought it squealed in delight and said, "it's an american girl doll!" and eva squealed in equal delight...as all little girls should when they get a great present. eva quickly tried to get the impossible hooks and plastic off the doll, when all of a sudden, another girl waved her finger back and forth and said, "an american girl doll would not wear those shoes. that's a target doll!" she said it with such disdain that for a moment i wish i could have muted the room and turned back time so that no one had heard her say that. i quickly replied that the doll was amazing and eva loved her no matter where she came from. and the drama was over and they all started dancing again.
i know the girl was not trying to be mean, she is, after all, seven years old. she was (hopefully) just trying to point out a fact. but man, i felt so bad, and just wanted to hug the sweet little girl who bought eva an amazing gift. in the end, eva loves saige and ruby equally. in fact, she and i plan on making them beds with their own blankets this weekend. she feeds them, puts them to bed, and brushes their hair on a daily basis, and if asked, she would tell you, like any parent, that she can't pick favorites between her two kids.