Real versus Fake.. An American Girl Story

by Marsha Glover

One week before our youngest daughter’s birthday, my husband took her to Target to reward her for winning her last soccer game. My daughter returned home with a doll she had picked out that was similar in appearance to an American Girl doll. Her name Hadiya was even similar to one of the American girls doll. I told my husband that day, you know you got her a look a like American Girl Doll to which he responded it’s the doll she like and chose. I continued to state that in a week we are going to American Girl for her to have the party with her friends she requested; I will get a real doll prior.

On the day of my daughter’s American girl party I had a discussion with my girlfriend prior to the start of the party informing her that I needed to get my daughter a real American Girl doll for her party. I didn’t want her to be the guest of honor with a fake doll. After all We were paying for a private room and how does it look with us paying all this money for VIP treatment and we have a fake doll. Not like VIPs for sure I thought and said.

I arrived to American Girl in time for the party but not enough time to shop in the boutique for a new doll. Towards the end of the party the girls lined up their dolls on the wall hooks that were in place for the American girls doll to take pictures With the dolls. It was then the waitress came in and engaged in a conversation with the girls regarding identifying which doll was who out of the American girl collection. She stated “I recognize three Gabrielllas however I don’t recognize these two”… One of the two was my daughter’s Target doll… it was then one of my daughter’s friends said “you know they have fake dolls at Target… Kaci is your doll from Target”. I felt awkward and embarrass that I had subjected my daughter to this line of questioning by not buying her a real doll prior to the party. My daughter however was not phased by her question and answered yes it is from Target.

shortly after we exited the private room and headed to the boutique to shop… I was anxious to get my daughter a real American girl Doll. I turned to my daughter who had her doll in her arms carrying her around the store and said Kaci let’s pick out a new doll… she then replied “No mommy I don’t want a new doll, I like my doll. I want to buy clothes for her”. she then handed me a few clothes she had picked for her doll Hadiya. I was so impressed that I honored her request and also purchased an American Girl Play salon for Hadiya as a reward.

My seven year old reminded me that day that in a world of real versus fake always stick to what you know is true. We don’t choose what we like based on the opinions of others. We choose and standby what makes us happy.


  • Imani June 16, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Love this story!

    • Marsha Chin-Glover June 19, 2017 at 6:17 am

      Thank you Imani! Please stay tuned for upcoming stories…

      • Monique Mingo March 14, 2020 at 9:19 am

        Always stay true to yourself not others! It’s amazing what the little ones can teach us! thank you for sharing your story😊

        • Marsha Chin-Glover April 29, 2020 at 7:09 am

          Thank you for reading and for the feedback! I wrote this awhile ago but it is still relevant today… so amazing that some lessons stand the test of time even from the little ones :).

  • Robin June 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm

    ❣️Love this story.. a great life lesson for all.

    • Marsha Chin-Glover June 19, 2017 at 6:16 am

      Thank you Robin! I was so impressed that that my seven year old comprehend this at such a early age… She made me so proud.

  • Marcia Burns Lacen June 17, 2017 at 10:48 pm

    So so proud of you Marsha. I love the meaning behind this story

    • Marsha Chin-Glover June 19, 2017 at 6:13 am

      Thank You Marcia! I really appreciate your feedback…

  • Terica June 21, 2017 at 8:51 pm

    I like your daughter response. Trust she saved u money cause them dolls is expensive, but cute!

    • Marsha Chin-Glover June 22, 2017 at 1:54 am

      Yessss… My thoughts exactly!

  • Krystal Moore June 21, 2017 at 9:45 pm

    Excellent assessment! What a blessing to have a daughter who values things based on her own understanding of worth and not what the world dictates is valuable.

    • Marsha Chin-Glover June 22, 2017 at 1:49 am

      Yes and the fact that she is 7 its like she is an old soul… I am so blessed and thankful… Thank you for reading and so appreciative of your feedback!

  • Malika June 22, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Your husband was one of my mentors this blog is dope I will be supporting reposting this is dope !!!!! So happy for you dope

    • Marsha Chin-Glover June 22, 2017 at 1:46 am

      So Amazing that Ryan was your mentor… Cant wait to tell him! I so believe in six degrees of Separation… I think that is going to be the title of one of my future blogs:) Thank you for your support!!!

  • The blogger June 22, 2017 at 2:16 am

    Aww you daughter is so cute
    <3 I love this!

  • Felicia Defreitas June 22, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Omg!!! So love this story!!!!

  • Tiff, MBA June 24, 2017 at 1:11 am

    Excellent story! I am that mom and my daughter would have replied the same way. Us as mothers, we want to do so much to make our children happy when it doesn’t even take much to make them happy!

  • Dana July 8, 2017 at 5:33 pm

    So True! Be true to the things you like.
    Kids are so much more aware than adults.

    • Marsha Chin-Glover July 12, 2017 at 2:38 pm

      It amazes all the time how they are so aware! Thank you for reading and commenting! 🙂

  • Kisha September 20, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    This was an awesome article Marsha. You are a wonderful person and mother. Kaci learned that from you. She reminded u of lesson she learned from you. ????

    • Marsha Chin-Glover September 22, 2017 at 2:22 am

      Thank you Kisha for Reading! You know thats all we can ask for as parents… that they learn something from you. Especially when the most of the times I feel as its going thru one ear and through the other 🙂

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