Yes, it's true.....I play with Barbiedolls. My daughter requires that we play Barbies together at least 3 times a week. Why? I'm really good at it. Why? I love to create Barbie names with attendant personalities to match. Lola Falana..requires much attention but is very entertaining, Moreno and his twin brother Torino....their mom was a fan of 70's muscle cars. Dr. Ana Antidote, intrepid surgeon ready at a moments notice to save the day, Dr. Bernstein, at the other end of the spectrum, who is always prescribing the wrong medicine to horrible effect. Sal the pizzeria owner, who used to be a welterweight boxer from New Rochelle, who has parlayed his local fame into a successful pizza joint in the underwater kingdom of Mermaidia.
My daughter loves to create scenarios that involve triangulation of Barbie energy. For instance: Barbie likes Torino but has already married Moreno, who inexplicably parades around with a minimum of clothing. All attempts to dress Moreno in black electrical tape looks strangely sinister and frankly a little unsettling. No matter, we persevere with these sticky scenarios 'till it is revealed that magically and apparently without any 9-month gestation Barbie (AKA Lola) has given birth to 3 children who are mermaids from, of course Mermaidia, a secret realm far beneath the waves. In all seriousness, this spontaneous story telling has made me a more adventurous and facile story teller. Not all outcomes are positive however. Sal's pizzeria that was THE place to eat in Mermaidia unfortunately blew up in a very theatrical fashion last week. Sal and his mermaid patrons were unharmed but the incident remains a cautionary tale about paying attention to your business and being mindful. See, that's what I'm saying here, triangulation, teaching moments, stuff blowing up, unbridled creativity and imagination...oh and silliness are what's on the menu for dinner tonight. Good Night.