I missed this past Fun Monday topic which was about best friends but as I was going through different blogs and reading their submissions I became inspired.
For two or three years, between the ages of ten and twelve, my best friend was Andrea. She and I had a very special bond, and that bond was Barbies! We were Barbie fanatics and we played them constantly – every day after school and all weekend. If we had a sleep-over we’d play into all hours of the night.
The story lines were intricate. They were modelled after healthy television shows such as the…Soap Operas! Oh yes. Our Barbies were often involved in major love triangles. This was mostly due to the fact that while we had several Barbies we only had two Ken Dolls. In fact, the day that Andrea got a Michael Jackson doll was exciting because suddenly we had another guy for the Barbies to fawn over. (if only we knew then what we know now!) And true to Soap Opera style, the love courtships would last for several hours of play before that dramatic first kiss would take place. Of course, there weren’t only love stories happening. No. We had evil, backstabbing, boyfriend stealing sister plots as well.
I wonder if our parents would’ve been so happy about our Barbie playing if they knew where our imaginations were taking us!
The Barbie bond kept us close friends for those couple of years. I think because we were actually at an age where it wasn’t cool to play with Barbies anymore. Our other friends didn’t even know that was what we were playing all of the time.
Soon enough, though, the teenage years kicked in and real boys and soap opera like dramas replaced the Barbie ones in our lives. The bond we had together diminished and, sadly, so too did our friendship.
During highschool, I would see her pass by in the halls and we might talk, but we didn’t hang out in the same crowd. We never became friends again. But I still remember fondly all of those hours spent side by side with her, crouching on the floor, playing Barbies.