World Doll Day
|Honey Swamp and a curios little dog.|
I sometimes think about a story that my mother told me, when I was young. She lived with her mother and her grandmother, both working hard. It was not far to the second world war and my mother was a little girl. She thought that she lived well and she was happy with the few toys she had. Now she had got a new toy. A simple doll, from the early 1930's. I do not remember seeing photos of the doll, but we all can imagine how one could look like.
My mother took this doll, walked across the busy street to the neighbor and gave the doll to the girl living in the house on the other side of the street.
I do not know what happened with the doll. Maybe the girl got to keep it, I do hope so.
Today it is "World Doll Day". For some years ago, while being politically active I was helping to pack and send clothes to Moldavia. Our two daughters wanted to send something too, so they picked up two dolls from their own collection, brushed their hair, dressed them and we put these in nice plastic bags and between the soft clothes. I wrote a personal note to the receiver and asked her to find some girls in the need of dolls. We put even other toys in the package, soft teddies and so on.
Last year there was an exhibition nearby my town, with Barbies and other dolls - to mark the meaning of a doll in someones life. Some years ago they had a local exhibition at the library, with dolls from local collectors. These things mark the good thing in being able to play with dolls, not depending on your own age. The doll may be a bridge between ages, people and cultures.
And we should never miss out on taking the opportunity to share this! Happy World Doll Day!