Last week I added one more member to my Izannah Walker family. She came to me from Edyth O’Neill, a long time antique dealer and doll collector, who is renowned for her amazing hooked rug designs and folk art portraits and paintings. How could I resist bringing this small Texan back to New England, since it is a journey that I have made myself, with a few stops along the way. I was born in Amarillo, Texas, up in the panhandle of the state, quite a distance from Edyth’s home in Fredricksburg, and spent a lot of time during my childhood visiting relatives throughout Texas. Now this tiny kindred spirit and I are both snugly ensconced in an 18th century house, a mere 106 miles from Izannah Walker’s home in Central Falls, Rhode Island.
Edyth named this doll Patience. I have always had a special fondness for virtue names, so much so that I named one of our family cats Patience. She was part of our family for 16 years, all through my sons childhoods, and is something of a family legend. It’s turning out to be a bit confusing to have a second Patience in the house. We may need to fall back on family tradition and call her by her middle name instead, as my mother and her siblings were known, or her initials like my father and uncle. No matter what her name is, her sisters and I are over joyed to have her here.
I will need to spend some time making her a wardrobe, but in the mean time all of her sisters are happy to share theirs. They spent an hour this morning going through their trunks to see what they had that would fit her.