It was a dollhouse that made a man out of Tim McGraw.
When he was about 11 years old somewhere in the late ‘70s, his mom asked him to help assemble a dollhouse she was giving his sisters for Christmas.
In a recent radio interview, McGraw recalled some of his favorite memories of Christmas mornings as a kid growing up in Louisiana and some as a father to three girls now.
“We’ve had great memories with the kids for Christmas and the coming out Christmas morning when Santa Claus has come and getting up at four in the morning and doing all those things, which are very special,” he said.
But the dollhouse year was kind of McGraw’s turning point.
(He doesn’t specify what kind of dollhouse it was, but I’m picturing the Barbie Dream House and/or the Barbie Friend Ship airplane I got for Christmas around that same time period. They both had a lot of plastic and a lot of cool working parts.)
“I think one thing that I remember as a kid that was sort of a turning point for me growing up,” he said. “I grew up with my mom and my two sisters, and I remember being, I don’t know, probably 11 years old or so, and my mom asking me to put together a doll house for my sisters.
“And that was the first time that I actually got to participate and like be the man of the house with my mom and put together all the Christmas stuff for my sisters.”
It was more than just being good with directions and handy with toys, I think.
“That was sort of a big sort of a graduating to a young-man thing for me,” he said.