A Fond Farewell…

Today the dolls and I have had to bid farewell to Cindy’s doll.  The girls were all sad to see her go, especially her older sister Isabeau…

" Did you remember to pack everything?  Have you got your red dress... and both of your shoes?"

” Did you remember to pack everything? Have you got your red dress… and both of your shoes?”

"Is this box comfy enough?  It's going to be a long trip!"

“Is this box comfy enough? It’s going to be a long trip!”

"What do you suppose it's like in Minnesota?"  "I've heard that it gets very cold there, so promise me you will wrap up well & keep warm."

“What do you suppose it’s like in Minnesota?” “I’ve heard that it gets very cold there, so promise me you will wrap up well & keep warm.”

"I'm going to miss you!"  "Me too!"  "Promise you'll write?" "Everyday, I promise!"

“I’m going to miss you!” “Me too!” “Promise you’ll write?” “Everyday, I promise!”

"I love you!"

“I love you!”

Even though Isabeau found it hard to say good-bye she knows in her heart that her younger sister is going to a good home where she will be loved, especially after I let her read the letter that I just received.

“Dear Paula,

The best surprises are those that unfold gradually.  The process of making “Cindy’s Doll” has been all I imagined and hoped for when I first called you last November.  Once I’d set things in motion I watched with much satisfaction as Cindy studied her choices, showed them to (our daughters) and me, and after due consideration, settled on one or another. 

When “Cindy’s Doll” is actually here in hand she will become part of a loving family.  I will be sure to let you know when Cindy has chosen her name.  We’ve had several discussions of names, but need to hold her and know her to find out which name is really hers.

To you I extend my compliments on your skill and creativity. To take an almost forgotten art and bring it back to life as you have, mainly by just “figuring it out” with hand and eye and inner motivation is a gift, and I thank you for sharing it with us.

We are so excited to meet our doll, to have her join our family, to give her a name, and to cherish her.”

What more could a loving big sister or a doll  maker ask for…  ❤ ❤ ❤

~ by paulawalton on April 15, 2014.

4 Responses to “A Fond Farewell…”

  1. What a beautiful doll! I love to see a new looking Izannah to imagine what this doll looked like to a little girl in the 19th century when she first received it.

  2. Paula, The letter says it all. This doll is already loved and cherished, you’ve made a whole family happy. Fondly, Mary Goddard.

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