We’ve officially lost our minds.

on November 13, 2007 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 7 comments by

Sometimes I go in to culture shock. Right here in America. Right here in Atlanta.

I know that people around the world talk about how rich Americans are and how much we have. And call me rude, but sometimes I want to say “blah blah blah”. [Yeah, that is a bit rude, but hang with me.] Because I understand I live in the top 3% of the world or what have you, but compared to what we are told is “rich”, I am far from it. But then things like the following occur, and I realize that we, alas, do have too much money.

I went with some wonderful friends to NorthPoint Mall for the singular purpose of visiting the American Girl Doll Store. And it was heaven for 9 year old Annie. I used to love the doll Molly and read all the books about her. Even now, at 27, it gave me chill bumps of excitement to see all of Molly’s paraphernalia gathered and displayed. [Mildly lame. I know this.]

Then we saw this. The Doll Hair Salon. Wait wait wait. Are you telling me that little girls actually bring their dolls to this store, have them strapped into a salon chair, cape tied around their neck, and someone does their hair? And the little girls [read “moms”] PAY for this? Up to $20!! I watched in awe. Amazement. Quasi-disgust. The worst part? It isn’t the children that are coming up with this stuff. It’s adults. Creating environments of wasteful luxury and then showing children that is their status symbol. This is success.

What kind of whacked out culture do we live in where people can literally throw away up to $20 on getting Samantha a swanky up-do? Why are things like this a priority? How ironic to give Kaya, a Nez-Pierce girl growing up in 1764, a $15 French twist.

As I stood there and watched girl after girl make arrangements for their doll’s hair transformation, my mind flashed back to the concert on Friday night.

Barnes and Wertz spent a good amount of time talking about the Mocha Club. This is a non-profit a friend of theirs created to donate money to needy people in Africa. They ask people to donate $7 a month to their cause, roughly the cost of 2 mochas.

And for that $7, two kids get to go to school for a semester. One person is SAVED from malaria. Seven Africans can have clean water for a year.

For you non-math majors, that means that about three people could be saved from malaria if Samantha’s hairdo budget got redistributed to the Mocha Club.

Welcome to America, where a plastic doll is far more important that another human.

Have mercy on our children, God. Make them like You. Not like us.


  1. ManUtd17
    posted on Nov 13, 2007 at 4:04 AM  |  reply

    The American Girl thing is another reason that I am glad we are raising a boy. My haircut doesn’t cost that much (I know, it shows), but still.

    I heard Giglio at 722 one time talk about the money wasted at SBUX that could be used to help the rest of the world if we skipped a latte twice a week.

  2. brad
    posted on Nov 13, 2007 at 2:15 PM  |  reply

    Funny that you blog this because Q got invited to a birthday party here. We have an American Girl knockoff doll and while the IDEA is cute, in reality to me it is preposterous. And I don’t throw that word around ever.

    You hit the nail on the head. We waste our money on things that not only aren’t eternal, but are just plain silly. Let’s start a revolution.

  3. nysewanders
    posted on Nov 13, 2007 at 8:04 PM  |  reply

    I’ll join the revolution!!!

  4. Marie-Claire
    posted on Nov 13, 2007 at 9:27 PM  |  reply

    Hey, don’t make fun of AGDs. I STILL love Samantha, even though I cut her bangs off when I was 10. For free.
    I remember going over to the Cagles’ old house and being in awe of their extensive collection. They had like every accessory for every doll. It was awesome.

    I know this kind of kills the mood of your blog. Sorry.

  5. carolineb
    posted on Nov 13, 2007 at 10:02 PM  |  reply

    If that little tiny bit of money could change the world, we would have already changed the world. Surely.

  6. Annie
    posted on Nov 13, 2007 at 10:16 PM  |  reply

    Caroline- great point. I don’t disagree at all. I just was shocked at the waste, I guess.

    Brad- did you intentionally quote Phil Wickham? 🙂

    Marie- you would.

    Bill- You better keep hoping that Keegan doesn’t want an AGD.

    Sean Kirkland- I would never give up my mochas. Don’t worry.

  7. Meimi
    posted on Nov 15, 2007 at 7:56 PM  |  reply

    We probably did not share our American Girl Doll love in college (that would be so not cool) but I also had Molly and every accessory known to man! I think it was the glasses. Man, did I love those little glasses.

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