Sometimes a dad has to do what a dad has to do-
When Sweet Girl was in her “Barbie Playing” phase, she would play for hours with those plastic dolls. She had the Picnic Barbie, the Holiday Barbie, the Dr. Barbie and let’s not forget the Ballerina Barbie. That little girl had enough barbies to stock the shelves of Toys R Us and Target… combined. And don’t even get me started on the Barbie Convertible, the Beach House and the three story Barbie Condo. Thanks a million Mattel. Cowboy and I appreciated how you always came up with another piece of plastic for us to spend our money on. But who could resist her sweet little smile with the missing front teeth? Not me and not Cowboy.
I was fortunate enough to stay at home with Sweet Girl and Boy Wonder. Let me just say that I am a very patient person. But Sweet Jesus, there were times that I wanted to hang them up by their toes, or lock them outside (just kidding). But seriously they tested my last nerve on a daily basis!
Every evening when Cowboy came home from work, he would take the kiddos and play with them while I cooked one of my seven recipes for dinner.
One evening as I started down the hall to let them know dinner was ready I heard Cowboy and Sweet Girl talking so I stopped outside her bedroom door to listen. As I peaked in I noticed Cowboy’s barbie doll was naked, not just missing a skirt or a shoe, I’m talking bday suit naked!
ME: (Talking to Cowboy) Can I talk to you in the hall?
COWBOY: (Talking to Sweet Girl) Uh Oh, I think I’m in trouble with your mama. I’ll be right back.
ME: WHAT in the world are you doing? You can NOT play naked barbies with your daughter!
COWBOY: (He reaches into his back pocket and pulls out a Barbie dress) Would you calm down? The only reason my Barbie doesn’t have clothes is because these darn snaps and buttons are too small for my fingers. AND, I have no idea where the arms OR the legs go!
ME: Well, we need to find a solution if you’re going to be Mr. Barbie Dad.
The next evening Cowboy comes home from work and Sweet Girl grabbed his hand.
SWEET GIRL: Come on daddy, I don’t want you to get into trouble with your naked Barbie so I fixed it.
COWBOY: What did you fix?
I followed them both into her room to see what she had done. She fixed it alright. She used her markers and colored clothes on his Barbie. His Barbie sported a hot pink shirt with a purple polka dot skirt.
Sometimes a daughter has to do what a daughter has to do.
’til next Sunday y’all- Tammy