|Mattel positioned a cardboard image of Happy Family Birthday Grandpa behind Grandma, who remains in her box.|
My 2003 (box date) Mattel Happy Family Birthday Grandma had been living single because I have not been able to find the separately sold Grandpa at a price I am willing to pay.
Two years ago, I decided to purchase a rooted hair African American guy (Steven, Ken, whomever I could find on the secondary market at a price I was willing to pay). The plan was to create a Grandpa for Grandma. I chose Cali Guy Steven, shown above. This poor guy has been lying around, literally, in the box since the July 2012 purchase.
|Close-up of Cali Guy Steven before his aging process began.|
|This is the look I was shooting for, even though Cali Guy Steven is a few shades darker.|
During a recent pending severe storm that had been forecast several days prior, my bottled up anxiety was released as I created Grandpa for Grandma after listening to a mini lecture from my husband on "Where's your faith? If you are truly faithful, you would never get scared." He laughs at me when we are in the midst of a tornadic-like storm because I get fully dressed with my shoes on and my purse and car keys nearby. You'll never see me half-naked on the evening news with hair all over my head, reliving a horrendous experience to a news reporter. I wouldn't relive an experience to a reporter anyway, but if I did, I'd want to be fully dressed!
Anyway... the photos and associated captions illustrate how I released my anxiety about something that never happened. We did receive some much needed rain, but nothing more (and oh yes, I was fully dressed while aging Steven). You just never know.
|Thanks to poorly predicted weather, Grandma now has her Grandpa and I didn't have to pay three figures to get him.|
Grandma and I like everything about Grandpa except his overbearing scent. I am not sure if the smell is from the scent Mattel gave him (as indicated on the box: Doll is scented), or the gray temporary hair color that I tested on his hair before using the metallic marker to color it gray. I didn't have enough of the temporary hair color and only used a very small amount, so I think the unpleasant scent is from the manufacturer.