There's rosemary, that's for remembrance.
William Shakespeare: Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

Sunday, November 26, 2006


This entry in the "Dolly Tea Party" did win second place....almost every other entrant in both of these contests were kids....girls and I was duly embarrassed when my name was announced but I did keep the word count down. I miss Kathy too.

PS Every doll I ever had was named either Sandy or Kathy.

I knew something special was coming. It was Christmas 1952, my mother was sewing like crazy in the bedroom and I couldn’t go into the room. I loved surprises, but this year was different. I wanted to know what Mom was making and I wanted to know right now.

I peeked. I found them. Stacks and stacks of dolly clothes. I felt good and bad all at the same time. I was getting a new dolly.

Christmas morning, there she was; Kathy with red hair, in a bride dress, my dolly. Next to her was a blue trunk, a dolly sized trunk and when I opened it, there were all of the beautiful clothes my mother had made; dresses, PJ’s, a cape, a coat.

2006. Kathy is gone, but the trunk and all of those beautiful clothes are in the attic where every year around Christmas…..I peek all over again.

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