Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Strawberry Shortcake

While shopping for a gift for our friend's little girl, I walked by the Strawberry Shortcake section of Wal-Mart. I loved her when I was young.

We had already agreed that the kids weren't getting any toys or treats. Being on vacation is treat enough! But, I could not resist the little Strawberry Shortcake doll that was on clearance. She even came with Custard, her kitten, and a DVD . . . all for $3. Jeff joked that it was quite obviously a gift for me. And, I assured him that I'd let Autumn play with her now and then. :)

I couldn't wait to rip open the package and smell her. And, the instant I did, it immediately took me back in time to the back seat of our old white van . . . on a road trip with my parents to Tennessee, where my mom grew up. We ate peanut butter and jelly sandwiches out of a cooler that sat on the floor between my Mom and Dad's seat. And, I met my great-grandmother and a distant cousin - who shared my name. I remember asking her if she had Michael Jackson where she lived, too (my family teased me about that for a while . . . I was really young and clearly not well-traveled).

And, we played Strawberry Shortcake.

I love memories like that.


  1. Oh my goodness!! She was my FAV when I was little. Whenever I see one, I have to go smell her to see if it brings back all those little girl memories-always does.

  2. Rainbow Bright, My Little Pony's, all the best. Ahh, memories!

  3. $3.....next time buy 2, bring one to me....love Strawberry Shortcake, so does Breeana. SO cute and yes, love the smell.

  4. Are you kidding me! I ALWAYS smell these toys at the store. Something about that smell takes me back to Christmas Eve and Ribbon Sandwiches. No clue why. Ohh to be young again!