Over the Hill on the Yellow Brick Road, I couldn’t believe it! My oldest childhood doll, Chatty Cathy, was waddling toward me! I rushed over and gave her the biggest hug!
Chatty Cathy! What are you doing here?
CHATTY CATHY DOLL: I heard you were visiting these parts and I had to see you!
OMG! You look great!
CHATTY CATHY DOLL: Well, I’d look better if you hadn’t given me a bad haircut back when you were a little girl. I still don’t appreciate the bald spot in the back of my head.
I’m so sorry. My sister and I were playing barber.
CHATTY CATHY DOLL: I guess you felt you had to wash my hair with Ajax, too?
It probably didn’t help the texture.
CHATTY CATHY DOLL: But I loved you anyway! You were the best little girl! We had the silliest imaginary tea parties! And the craziest times playing house! And I loved when you shoved me on the make believe school bus with all the rest of the dolls and made your sister push us all around the room in a giant chair.
Yeah, you just went around and around and around the room and never made it to school.
CHATTY CATHY DOLL: Good times!
Yes, they were. And I’ll let you in on a secret. I’m still a little girl. I still love to play and play and play and play. It’s just harder to find someone to play with as I get older.
CHATTY CATHY: I’ll play with you!
You will?? I would love that! What should we play? I mean, I’m not into having an imaginary tea party or playing house anymore. How can we play with each other now that we’re both older? What can we play?
CHATTY CATHY: Hmmm…I’m not sure. I should tell you the “talking ring” on the back of my neck doesn’t work anymore. When you pull it out, the spring is broken so it just snaps back.
It doesn’t matter, I don’t work as well as I used to either. I guess if we’re going to play, we should play about something that matters in our lives right now.
CHATTY CATHY DOLL: Like what?
CHATTY CATHY DOLL: Uh oh.
Hear me out. I’ve been thinking about adding a little pink or purple in my hair for the past few years. But, I don’t want to bleach my hair to do it. Also, I’m wondering if I’m too old to walk around with that look.
CHATTY CATHY DOLL: So, what made you think of it now?
I just noticed L’Oreal came out with a new one-day color spray product. You can spray pink or purple in your hair and it will wash out after one shampoo! So if you don’t like it or feel foolish, one hair wash and it’s gone.
CHATTY CATHY DOLL: So do it!
Well, I’m still kind of afraid, so…
CHATTY CATHY DOLL: You want me to do it.
CHATTY CATHY DOLL: Actually, I could use a change.
I’ll tell you what. I’ll just do your bangs.
CHATTY CATHY DOLL: Deal.
Here I go…
Wow!!!! You look amazing!!!!
CHATTY CATHY DOLL: Thanks. You know what? I love it! This is really uplifting and fun!
It was fun for me to spray you, too! Like when we used to play barber, but better. Because this time you actually look good.
Did you notice you got some on my dress?
Oh. I’m sorry. I’ll wash it.
CHATTY CATHY DOLL: Now spray some pink in YOUR hair.
Um…I’m still afraid. I don’t know…Should I do it???