Hello Dolly!

This is my beloved girlhood dolly, Brenda, after she has spent about 10 years in our damp basement, in a cardboard box. She was such a pretty doll, when she tipped up and down she'd make a crying sound and her eyes would open. Something bad happened to her hair (can't remember) and my mom sent her off to a doll hospital and got a new "wig" put on her. I spent hours playing baby with her; when I unearthed her this weekend, she was wearing a very old, funny-looking disposeable diaper and a pair of plastic pants that I probably wore as a baby (my mom did cloth diapers).

I had high hopes that my little Ava, who is at this moment obsessed with babies and princesses, would fall in love with Brenda the way I had. Unfortunately, my severe lack of foresight has resulted in a floppy, mildew-y, cloudy eyed disaster that is completely un-playable! Being the purging junkie that I am, I actually put her in our kitchen trash can, took the bag out and tied it closed. Then I immediately untied the bag amidst Benji's horrified yells of, "No! Put the creepy baby back!", took her out, wrapped her back up in her moldy blanket, and nestled her down in her cardboard box again.

On rare occasion, I do succumb to sentimentality, much to Marvin's pleasure. So, this one's for you, honey! Have fun finding a place to store her box!

4 readers took time to leave a thought:

My2Gs March 2, 2009 at 2:43 PM  

Isn't it sad when our great childhood memories aren't as bright and sparkly as once remembered. I'll have to do a post on my beloved stuffed dog Duke. He's actually in not to bad shape and Grace sleeps with him at night.

Faith Hope Love Mama March 3, 2009 at 7:08 AM  

Don't worry. I did the same thing to my precious little red headed doll. I pulled her out a few years ago and she was nothing but mildew. She hit the trash also. I couldn't stand the smell. She had a soft yellow body and a plastic head. You could make her talk and cry with a string in the back and that no longer worked.
Love that Benji called her creepy. Too funny. :)

Anonymous March 3, 2009 at 8:39 AM  

I kept a bunch of my dolls too - but they have disappeared. My husband insists he didn't accidentally throw them out, but I know better! I think your doll might have "creeped" my daughter out too!

Lauren March 3, 2009 at 2:16 PM  

I have a cabbage patch doll from more than twenty years ago that I put in the girls play room and they continue to ignore it in favor of other newer toys! Oh well, someday their children will ignore their favorite childhood memories too!

You may want to store Brenda in a plastic box! :)

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