Tuesday, February 24, 2009

73 - A *Berry* nice surprise

I opened my mailbox today to find a nice package from my niece, J, and my nephew-in-law, E...a Strawberry Shortcake DVD package complete with a play jeweled crown. First, let's clarify - my niece and nephew-in-law are in their mid-20's. My sister (my niece's mother) is 17 years older than I am (my brother is 14 years older). Yes, yes...I was a true "oops" when my mom had me at the ripe "old" age (back then) of 36. Maybe "oopses" are in my genes? I can only hope. Anyway, bottom line is that my nieces and nephews are much more like cousins.

So, I loved the surprise! I was obsessed with Strawberry Shortcake as a child - obsessed. For a good three years in the late 70's-early 80's, those dolls were my life. I believed they had souls. Strawberry Shortcake herself - what a great role model to look up to...she was kind, fun, totally not frumpy, smelled like strawberries, and had a whole posse of friends that smelled great and whom all had very colorful pets. I so wanted to be her. In case you forgot...

Above - The late 70's - early 80's version

The modern, liberated, free-from-hose Strawberry Shortcake

Personally, I think she had more style in the 80's, but didn't we all...didn't we all :-).

So thank you again J and E! I think what really made my day about it is that you knew I would totally get a kick out of it. You know the goofy, silly, child-like side of me...the side I struggle to keep alive these days. I totally plan on putting on that crown, popping a bowl of popcorn and watching "A Berry Blossom Festival" :-).


Sky said...

OMG! That's so cute. I think it's a hoot when an adult woman really digs some kiddy thing from her past. I know someone who's into Helly Kitty and I used to be really into Snoopy in my 20s - I even had a comforter and the phone.

Hey, if it puts a smile on your face, then it's a good thing.

You've got really sweet "cousins."

DAVs said...

I loved SS too! And also Belle and Snoopy, and I collected stickers like a mad woman.
And OF COURSE, Curious George.
Glad you had such a nice surprise!

Lost in Space said...

Oh, I loved her too. Do you remember the SS doll that blew strawberry smelling kisses? I think mine is still in my toy box at my moms. LOL.

Angie said...

I loved SS, too! I still have my homemade SS doll that my grandmother gave me that smells like strawberries!