Peaches and Cream Barbie

After purchasing a red-engine fire truck toy and waiting for it to be gift wrapped at the Toy’s Department at Takashimaya Mall in Orchard, Singapore, I went to the Barbie Doll Section, wanting to see the Barbie Dolls they were now selling.

There I saw the latest Barbie Dolls with their exaggerated eyes and painted, pretty faces. There were Barbie Basics in Little Black Dresses, a Barbie Doll of the character of Scarlett O’Hara from the movie, “Gone With The Wind”, a “Cleopatra” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” themed Barbie Dolls, there were even Designer Barbie Dolls by fashion designers like Christian Louboutin, Zac Posen, Anne Klein and such. So many new dolls that I am now not so familiar with.

I was studying their wide pretty eyes, perfect pouts, coiffed hairs, checking their dainty and intricate dresses, going from one display case to the next, checking their prices, and asking myself, “Now that I could afford them would I want to buy one? That if I do get one, would I still play with it or just collect them? I wouldn’t want to obsess and start collecting them, wouldn’t I???”

I was thinking really hard about all those earth-shaking things, when, at the topmost shelf of a locked display case, I saw the “Peaches and Cream Barbie Doll” I had when I was a child. I stood there dumbfounded and unbelieving. I quickly searched for a sales assistant and asked for the doll. When she finally handed it to me, I opened the box and stared in awe at the doll I used to play with when I was a small child. I was so enamored by it, memories and feelings I had of my childhood literally flooded me. I was brought back in time, back to the days when life was so much more simple and less complicated.

Needless to say, I purchased the doll, I was so happy to be reunited with her again. I called my parents to tell them about my find, I never expected to, but before I knew it, I was crying tears of both sadness and joy. There in the mall, sitting in the customer’s lounge, I was crying and laughing while talking on the phone to my parents. We reminisced about my childhood, and I was such an emotional wreck that I attracted the attention of a small girl and she sat beside me and just looked at me while I was doing all those things.

After almost crying my heart out, I felt a lightness in my heart. Looking back, borrowing from the lessons learned and the things I have experienced in my life since I was a child, I felt that now, however uncertain my life is, however bad, naughty or good I am now and will be, how many ambitions and dreams I still want to fulfill, everything will turn out fine and be exactly as the way they should be.

The exact doll that I bought.

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