May 11, 2011

I'm so a Molly McIntire

Hey! I recently saw this amazing little nugget on a blog I'm loving right now, The Hairpin:

It's all about how your childhood American Girl doll choice can predict what kind of adult you turn out to be. First of all, I loved these dolls. Second of all, I really like the idea of using childhood choices to prophesize about what kind of grownup you are. I'm learning that there really is no good way to predict how things will turnout, so I'll go ahead and accept this model as my crystal ball. Seems as good as any, right?

These dolls were a staple of my/our generation. The catalogs came every month and although most of the stuff was the same every month,  it was thrilling every time Strangely, I've already discussed this bizarre/random childhood memory, here. Anyway, I had both Samantha Parkington and Molly McIntire. Here's what that says about me - and it's oddly spot on: 

Samantha Parkington:
Did you know, when you picked her out, that Samantha was the cool one? Or were you simply drawn to her glossy brown hair, sophisticated accessories (she had a fur muff!) and rich demographic? Either way, every girl wanted a Samantha. If you owned her, you quickly learned the value of cachet. 
By virtue of acquiring a status symbol early on (a Samantha doll was the designer jeans of third grade), you never quite had to worry about things the way other girls did. You therefore grew up to be confidant, capable, and nonplussed. You've always been well liked. You aren’t the funniest in your group, but you’ve never really noticed or cared. If you thought about it, you could probably recognize other women who had Samanthas. But that’s not that impressive: everybody can. 

Um hi. Total badass glamourpuss. I'll take least I aspire to be one.

Molly McIntire:
If you had Molly, you probably wanted Samantha instead, but contented yourself with Molly because you too wore glasses, liked books, were bad at math, and would concoct various schemes to get attention. (Oh, Molly.) If you were a Molly, and had a Molly (as opposed to being a Molly and aspirationally owning a Felicity), you were imbued, then and now, with an immutable sense of self. At least Molly could tap dance, which is frankly more talent than any of the other girls exhibited. As an adult, you’ve developed a carefully honed aptitude for sarcasm. You've gotten contacts, and a slightly edgy haircut. You still sort of want attention, but you deny it. You’ve thought back on your American Girl Doll, and tried not to be too resentful towards the person who gave her to you, who so obviously associated you with the descriptor “mousy.”

Honestly I really am more Molly, though. Wear glasses: check. Bad at math: check. "Carefully honed aptitude for sarcasm": CHECK CHECK CHECK (I hope). This Molly McIntire tarot reading is freaking me out - alot.

Although I did own both, I consider myself a definite Molly. This was a fun little exercise. Which does your American girl say about you?

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  1. Omg I totally just read this literally 5 minutes ago and have been sending it to all of my fave American Girl Doll owning friends.

    Apparently my choice of Molly/Kirstin make me a "mousy" bookworm who dabbles in quilting...


    I knew I should've picked Samantha.

  2. haha omg i love this! I'm a Molly/Samantha too!

  3. Holy moly, I haven't thought about American Girl's in forever! I had ALL the books and I picked out the dolls based on what pets they came with haha... I believe I had Molly or Samantha, can't really remember but I TOTALLY had the Felicity one! How funny!

  4. The dolls are still a big hit with little girls! My cousins have them and play just like we used to. And now, they come out with an American Girl of the year, she is only sold for those 365 days. Is it bad that I want to buy my 6mo old daughter the one from this year? Probably too much, too soon? And let's be honest, is it really for her or me? :-)

  5. I am completely Molly and I didnt even care about the other girls at all.
    Of course, a while back when i learned about Julie, I really wanted her too. But I was grown up already.

  6. I had Molly & Kirsten! Hmmm... what does this say about me?


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