I knew I was different when I decided against barbies in favor of Star Wars Action Figures especially when my younger sister favored barbies so much. But what really solidified my individuality was how I approached playing them with her.
Like most Barbie communities, the barbie females outnumbered the Ken faction about 123809182390 to 2. And unfortunately for my sister, half of her Ken faction was missing a leg. (I think this was due to the fact that my brother and I would steal the second rate Ken and repeatedly throw him out the window but that's neither here nor there.)
Since I played Barbies so rarely, I obviously did not want to play with the deformed Ken so I had to persuade my sister to want to play with it instead. Because let's face it: 1) I didn't want her to get upset that the ken doll had no leg and therefore rat me out to my mom and 2) I wanted her to play with me since there was no way I was actually going to play with dolls by myself and ruin my reputation with Han Solo.
Below is how I accomplished the task.
Little Lola: (handing her sister the legless Ken) Here you go.
Lola's Sister: (crinkling her nose up at the sight) I don't want to play with that one. They're mine anyway so you can have this one. (thrusts legless Ken back into Lola's hands)
Little Lola: (with a triumphant smile) I was hoping you'd say that.
Lola's Sister: (suspiciously) Why?
Little Lola: Well everyone else wants to be him. He's the most popular Ken in the entire town even.
Lola's Sister: (a little less doubtful now) I don't know... (considering) why is he so popular?
Little Lola: Well, this Ken's been to war so all of the other barbies are jealous of him.
Lola's Sister: I think I better play with him then. (taking legless Ken back now) But, what happened to his leg?
Little Lola: It got blown off by the enemy.
And so here's to you- legless Ken! Because without you, I would have never learned the proper way to facilitate an outcome.