Recently we went to see ‘Toy Story 3’ which I enjoyed thoroughly. This however is not a review of the movie but is about the emotions it evoked in me.
We moved last year and since we were down sizing a lot of things had to be, for lack of a harsher word, recycled. Inaminate objects weren’t too hard but dolls and stuffed animals were. Yes, even into my 60’s I still have beloved dolls and one very special animal. I took pictures of all of them last year as I decided who would be moving with us and who would not. I’ve always been the kind of person who believes dolls and animals have personalities, voices and secret night time lives. To part with some of them was difficult, especially when one or two of them got very vocal about them all staying together.
I’ve been okay with my decisions and actual task of separation… until. Until the movie, and then I felt regret, sadness, and remorse. But now that I’ve had time to think about it for awhile I’m sure they’ve traveled onto a better place… and that they’re all together.
Here they are.
April and her doll Harriet
Yvette from France and Trudy from Germany
Annette and Leslie
Holly and Heather Hobby
The other Annettes
Here are the dolls and animals that are with us.
Four dolls, four dogs, one bear.
My dog Fluffy, at age 60 is the oldest. Fluffy came from Germany, he used to be completely covered in rabbit fur but over the years a lot of it has been petted away. Fluffy is a little hard of hearing as one of his ears falls off from time to time.
Deb’s doll Buttons at age 42 is the next oldest. Buttons is one of the most beloved dolls I’ve ever known. She likes to wear hats but no shoes, and around her neck is an amethyst necklace and a gold necklace.
Next up is Button’s constant side-kick Lucky. At age 34 he’s lost a little of his vibrant colors but not his love of life. Around his neck is a green scarf one of Deb’s first knitting attempts, and he also sports a real dog collar from our first dog.
Click here to read more about Buttons and Lucky.
They say you’re never too old to have a second childhood and I say, you’re never too old to love and enjoy your childhood playmates.