Hem hem. Hello everyone!
Groovy Girls? Is that what I am writing about today? Now before you unfollow this blog and never come back because you just can’t believe that we used to play with such…um…questionable dolls like the Groovy Girls (that might be a little far fetched…), let me put your fears to rest and do a little explaining.
When we were little, at the idea of playing with brightly clad, wacky haired, and jumbo Gogo Booted dolls, we would basically melt. (the terrible secret is out! It is true that we haven’t always been attracted to the vintage and historical eras.) But if I did not share this part of our story with you all, I would feel dishonest to myself, as well as to you. Also, I cannot erase the fact that we played with funky dolls like this, no matter how crazy or weird they seem. So as you read on, just know that we were given rules by Dad and Mom in how we should play with dolls like these, as you will see.
Our heartstrings towards these cute dolls were first strummed when our parents took us to a Learning Ladder store, and there, along a section of store wall was a collection of Groovy Girls toys and accessories. Like magnets we attached ourselves to this side of the store while Mom looked for our new (and dreaded) schoolbooks for the coming semester. I don’t remember if Mom had planned on buying two of them as a special treat that day or not, but somehow or other we soon had two Groovy Girls in our possession, later adding on with three more.
Now, aside from these dolls, we also owned the popular Barbie and Ken dolls, and Polly Pockets, not to mention the later arrival of Bratz dolls (Ahhh! Really? Yep, really. But we called them Sweety dolls instead of that terrible title.)
I mentioned something about ground rules our parents laid out for us to play by, and I think this would be the appropriate time to name them. We were never allowed to pretend a boyfriend/girlfriend relationship between Ken and Barbie, they could only be husband and wife. We were not allowed to clothe our dolls in immodest garb. (Even those standards have been reformed quite a bit since those days.) And lastly, we were never allowed to use disrespectful words or make our dolls have sassy attitudes. They were always to be played with in ways that would edify and help us girls practice good behavior.
I can recall many times when one of us would break such commandments, and we would quickly remind each other that we were not allowed to play with bad behaviors. And here is something you would never have guessed: we actually learned a few fashion rules from playing dress up with these Girls! I remember Brigi’s first inspirations to become a fashionista came directly from observing good dress from bad dress when looking through the toy isles of any store. She would blatantly state that girl doll should not be dressed in ripped up camo pants, or even the suggestive mini skirts frequently found on such dolls.
Deep down inside, we had been given a healthy fear from the Lord to respect, honor, and obey our parents wishes. I also believe that because of the continual sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit in our own spirits, we were kept from ever absorbing the suggested sins that were presented with such playthings. It does amaze me though, how quickly a doll making company will create such immodest outfits for little girls to put on their dolls! It disgusted us three to no end the amount of garbage we would see in the toy isles, and how little there was that represented modesty or femininity in the full meaning of those terms.
Such things lead the girls and I to wanting to creating our own dolls. Dolls that would represent modest femininity, and biblical character. We wanted so badly to not be restricted to just the toys found in the stores! But how? How could we possibly make such things? Was it even possible for little girls to wrap their minds around such a big venture? Just you wait to hear the next story of ‘How We Play’ to find out for yourself!
(Okay, I can’t just leave you to wait and wonder, clueless, about this answer! Thus I will leave you by saying that we were pleasantly surprised by the options the craft stores presented to the three of us to achieve our goal.)
CREDITS // Author: Jessica Boyer; Photography: Charlotte Boyer; Styling: Jessica Boyer; Photos edited with VSCO Film Presets