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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What Barbie taught me about being a farm girl

It was destiny.

Growing up my sister and I loved Barbie. We had tons of dolls, the house, a couple cars, a Barbie horse, the clothes, a popcorn machine, a swimming pool, etc. And yes our Barbie's had bank accounts, money was usually exchanged in the form of Light Bright pegs (LiteBrites were used for many things, keep reading). Our Barbie's also were very involved in agriculture. The occupation of vet was quite often played.

That was the great thing about Barbie she could be whoever we wanted her to be. So while our friends were playing Rockstar Barbie, ours were discussing treatment options or reproduction strategies for our cattle. Which leads me to my next story.

My parents didn't hid much from my sister and I as we were growing up. We knew the circle of life was apart of the farm. We also were pretty familiar with how it began. I remember we used to have this slide that looked  kind of like a chute. And we had these stuffed animal dogs and horses that their bellies would velcro open and shut, revealing bean bag babies inside. It was always a surprise how many you would get the first time.

And this brings me back to the LiteBrites. Yup, those were the straws of semen for A.I. (artificial insemination). See where I am going - chute, stuffed animals that reproduce, semen. Yeah, that's right at the ages of six and eight my sister and I were A.I.ing our stuff animals, just like we had seen dad do it.

Guess we were destined to be farm girls.


On my trip to Minneapolis we got to go to the Mall of America. Inside they had a Barbie store! Every girls dream.

13 comments:

  1. Ha ha I love the LiteBrite pegs for semen straws! I will have to tell Ronny. My Barbie play was sometimes a vet, but usually a hotel manager. :)

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  2. Have you seen the John Deere Barbie?!

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  3. When I was a second grader I explained castration to my class. Talk about proud and maybe not so proud parents. :) Love your posts!

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  4. Love this post! I thought that my "siblings" and I were the only ones who came up with stuff like this!!

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  5. Oh boy, I remember the Young girls and their impressive collection of barbies and accessories very well! We had a great time playing in your basement, and would never turn down a chance for a visit...those barbie sessions were epic! Thanks for the reminder :)

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  6. This makes me want to go find my favorite Barbie, Wedding Day Midge, and take a break and play. Nice post.

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  7. Oh my girls loved horse back riding barbie!

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  8. Growing up on a farm....such a great learning experience!

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  9. I love it! I was sitting here laughing. My kids like to call it scary honest when I give all the facts!

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  10. I have pet doctor Barbie. She's the best (although the outfit is a little strange).

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  11. I am glad to hear that my sister and weren't alone on this one! I can only imagine the things my kids will do one day.

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  12. OMG I laughed so hard I had to read it to my parents! Why, you my ask? Well my Dad was an AI tech for several years, and the teachers always got an earfull when they asked what my dad did!! My mom just told me that I drew a picture in primary of my dad breeding a cow on "draw what your dad does for work" day!

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