Hands up those of you who owned, loved, and positively cherished Cabbage Patch Kids. No? I’m sorry. I’m not sure how you got through childhood.
That smell, the outfits, the names and the adoption and birth certificates…all of it. It all felt so unique. I definitely thought I was mother to a couple of kids with my CPKs. Marcile Millicent and Ella Ninette were my pride and joy. (If you want to check out more of the one-of-a-kind names that have bestowed up CPKs, click here!) I think I may have had some more growing up, but I can’t remember their names. (Bad mommy!) They were in their height of popularity back when I was a child and you bet I’m going to pass down that love and appreciation to my own kids, boys or girls. With Christmas coming up around the corner, I’m totally thinking about what to buy and what to make for them.
When I heard tell that Cabbage Patch Kids were celebrating their 30th anniversary this year, I was intrigued. Memories of one of my most favorite toys of my childhood came flooding in. A slow, nostalgic smile crept across my face. Some people have never let their CPK love die. Oh my.
So I called BabyLand General Hospital, which at first I was a bit confused about now that I’m an adult and I know that Cabbage Patch kids aren’t really born out of cabbages by way of being pollinated with Magic Crystals delivered by Bunnybee, the flying furry creature, part bunny, part bee. What?! You didn’t know? Well, apparently they make awesome babysitters, so get on that.
About that phone call. I really wasn’t sure what to expect, calling a big corporation. Well, I was greeted with a Southern drawl dripping in honey, who in turn called me honey at every breath. And I liked it. Said sweetheart of a secretary took my name and number. Two hours later, I was greeted with a phone call from Margaret McLean Director of Corporate Communications for BabyLand General Hospital and the Cabbage Patch Kids. From her house on a sick day at that!
We chatted for a long time and she filled my ear with historical facts and tidbits about the evolution of Cabbage Patch Kids that I hadn’t a clue about. Margaret has been with the company for 25 years and passionately supplied me with a wealth of pictures, stories, and fun facts and legends to share with the Babble readers today!
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