Before her baby sister arrived, I had a sit down with Sophie Jane and asked her if she could have ANYTHING as her Big Sister gift, what would it be?
She never hesitated. “The red Barbie from the magazine.” I told her to think about it and asked her again that night. Same response.
I somehow had visions of her asking for a new bike, or a telescope or something. But no. She wanted the Reba McEntire Barbie doll that was in a catalog that somehow didn’t get thrown out before she saw it.
As you may know, Barbie is not my favorite, especially for a 4 year-old. When our dog chewed up the one she got from another kid at her birthday party, I was not sad.
But this isn’t about me. It’s about Sophie having good feelings about her new Sister status.
I grumbled to Lindsey about it and she told me a story: On the day she was born, a family friend took her older brother out to McDonald’s as a treat. He could order anything he wanted (overwhelming for a young child who rarely “got” to eat there). So he ordered a filet-o-fish. After he finished it, the friend asked him if he wanted another one. He couldn’t believe it. A Two Filet Day.
This stuck with me. Sophie deserved a Two Filet Day, too.
So I bought it for her.
As far as Barbies go, it’s not horrible. I mean, it’s Reba McEntire for god’s sake. The dress doesn’t come off (no need to purchase additional wardrobe) and it has a microphone. Could be so much worse.
When Quinn came home from the hospital and Sophie officially entered into Big Sisterhood, we gave her the Barbie. It was like she won the lottery.
A Two Filet Day, indeed.