Middle Aged Man Has Over 5,000 Barbies
Laura Lee - February 2, 2018

In the Morning of Life

by Thomas Moore

In the morning of life, when its cares are unknown,
And its pleasures in all their new lustre begin,
When we live in a bright-beaming world of our own,
And the light that surrounds us is all from within;
Oh 'tis not, believe me, in that happy time
We can love, as in hours of less transport we may; —
Of our smiles, of our hopes, 'tis the gay sunny prime,
But affection is truest when these fade away.

When we see the first glory of youth pass us by,
Like a leaf on the stream that will never return,
When our cup, which had sparkled with pleasure so high,
First tastes of the other, the dark-flowing urn;
Then, then in the time when affection holds sway
With a depth and a tenderness joy never knew;
Love, nursed among pleasures, is faithless as they,
But the love born of Sorrow, like Sorrow, is true.

In climes full of sunshine, though splendid the flowers,
Their sighs have no freshness, their odour no worth;
\‘Tis the cloud and the mist of our own Isle of showers
That call the rich spirit of fragrancy forth.
So it is not \‘mid splendour, prosperity, mirth,
That the depth of Love's generous spirit appears;
To the sunshine of smiles it may first owe its birth,
But the soul of its sweetness is drawn out by tears.

For most young girls, collecting barbies was one of the most important things. We all had dozens and we loved all of them so dearly.  As we grew up, our passion for barbies slowly faded out.  Makes sense. Nowadays, when we see them we certainly feel nostalgic, but don’t feel the need to keep collecting them.

 

But for Sam Pena, a 45 year old man, collecting Barbies never got old.  Since 1992, he has collected approximately 5,000 Barbies.   He has an entire room in his home dedicated to his Barbie collection, which also helps him from spilling them all over the house.

 

This all began when he found his sister’s old dolls, and simply could not get them out of his head.  Seeing the old dolls made so many childhood memories return, and he instantly became hooked all over again on Barbie.

 

Pena aims to buy his Barbies second hand, since it can get pretty pricey. But even without paying the full price, his collection surely has cost quite him a lot more than he’d like to think about.  Pena spends a great deal of time searching for more Barbies to add to his collection, and is always at auctions, charity shops, and is searching for bargains online as well.

 

He arranges his Barbies by era, and proudly displays them.  Pena works as a librarian and highly values his collection.