Way to go, Sophia
Brandi Benner cheered for her two-year-old daughter Sophia because she did such a great job potty training. To celebrate the milestone, Sophia could pick-out one doll from Target as a reward. So, Brandi and Sophia searched the store together for about 20 minutes. As Sophia gazed the toy aisle, she finally spotted the doll she wanted. Sophia excitedly picked up the doll and held it tightly to her chest as they made it to the register. Interestingly, Sophia is a little white girl, and the doll she chose was black. Thus, many would agree that often times, little girls prefer dolls that resemble themselves (as far as hair and skin tone). However, Sophia had decided on this specific doll for a very good reason that may even teach us all a lesson.
A Perfect Response
As Brandi and Sophia proceeded to the checkout counter to purchase her new doll, the cashier greeted them. Then, the friendly cashier paused for a moment looking at the girl and the doll she selected. With a look of confusion, the cashier asked Sophia, “Wouldn’t you rather have a doll that looked like you?”
Sophia innocently looked up at the cashier and replied,
“She does (look like me)!” “She’s a doctor; I’m a doctor. She is a pretty girl; I am a pretty girl. See her pretty hair? See her stethoscope?”
Sophia’s mom contributes her knowing the word “stethoscope” from watching the TV cartoon “Doc McStuffins.” Sophia did not notice the dolls skin color. Instead, she saw that the doll was like her in many other ways which ultimately led her to get the doll.
We could all learn a little something from Sophia at a time when racial division and hate seem to be spotlighted by news media.
Watch the video below to learn more about Sophia and her doll!