You know [your Barbie doll is] missing a shoe?” Ella questioned.
Ry: “Yeah, I know, but she has both socks and a ball and a trophy.”
Ella: “Cool” (then she pulled out a doll from her back which was donning a bathing suit and surfer shorts) “I’m her. She’s my favorite,” she said, staking her claim.
Ry: “You know she’s missing an arm?” (asked in the same tone as the missing shoe comment, but as if it was clearly a bigger deal.)
Ella: “Duh! She’s Bethany Hamilton from Soul Surfer.”
[…]Over the next few minutes I heard Ella explain how amazing Bethany is and why she’s her idol. How she overcame this awful accident and learned a new way to rise to the top of her sport. I heard how she almost gave up, but didn’t and how she pulled the arm of a Barbie. She explained that no one should ever tell you that you CAN’T do anything and if they do… you shouldn’t believe them.
“I have had a Peruvian Barbie since I was 21, in fact it was a gift because I am part Peruvian. My daughter never associated my doll as from another country, in fact, it’s only now that she is realizing just how big the world is and all the possibilities out there for her.”—
Are there Barbie dolls your kids aren’t allowed to play with? For Yolanda of Sassy Mama in LA, she and her daughter use this special doll to talk about an upcoming family vacation to Peru: http://dolltasti.cc/1nOCELU
“In my home, every moment is an opportunity to talk about who we are and where we came from. There’s no special occasion or perfect time. Talking about heritage happens in the most normal of circumstances, when we’re relaxed and enjoying one another as family. - Eliana Tardio”—