I had the pleasure of Madeline's company Saturday it is always a great time when she visits. You can't help but smile and laugh at the things she says and does. This visit is no exception,well maybe it is because I smiled brighter and laughed harder and feel even more in love with her if that were possible.
Madeline spotted my doll sitting on the table on the last visit and had asked why the dolly was there and after I answered her she didn't show much interest. That doesn't mean she wasn't thinking about it or had forgotten it. Not at all. On this visit I saw her walk right to the table and look .She didn't say any thing for a while and then she just couldn't stand it any more."Granmama why is dolly still on the table and what are all the cloths on the table?"
When she first ask to dress dolly I say no,then I rethink my answer and show her how to dress dolly so that her arms don't get tugged on and the rubber band that holds them on break. She is very interested in how my doll is made,with pins and rubber bands. She understands that is old and not like her dolls and she treats dolly very nicely.
I got such a kick watching her play with my old doll and I felt such pride and joy as she gushed over the cloths I had made and gush she did, her most favorite she was putting on dolly as she suggested to me ever so casually that I should maybe make one like that for her.Any guesses what she is getting for her birthday? After getting dolly dressed and not wanting to change her cloths,"dolly doesn't want to take this dress off"(laughing quietly to my self still)Madeline inquires do I have any more old dolls. I do but not the right size so we go into the pink room to see what we can find and we find a doll I forgot was in her toy box. At first she doesn't want to use it because it isn't old. A few times while talking about the cloths and my doll Madeline had asked me if I was trying to make my old doll new and I had answered no I was just making new cloths for my old doll.I guess that is why she thought only old dolls could wear the cloths.After we got that all straightened out Madeline happily took the new doll and tried every outfit on her.While dressing her Madeline even should me how she was made different from my old doll. Smart smart little girl.
Once she got the outfit on this doll that she felt should stay on it she started looking around my make shift sewing room and walked over to my basket full of material. Normally the fabric is rolled log like and neatly stored inside the basket.At this moment the material is more out then in.Madeline says "I always seed this here but I didn't know it was cloths" She then picks up a scrap sticking out from the pile and informs me it would be beautiful as an out fit for dolly.She then spies a pink plaid piece still rolled and in the basket and she tells me the piece needs to be a skirt for her doll to match a skirt that Madeline has and loves to wear.I laugh right out loud when she asks if I could sit down now and sew some more cloths. When I explain it takes a long time to sew cloths and that I wanted to play with her instead, she didn't even miss a beat when she replied well why can't I sew them Granmama,I am a happy Granmama as I say when you get a little older you can sew. She goes off on her own for a bit I can tell she is thinking hard,sure enough her she comes into the kitchen to find me Granmama she says if you sew I won't ask you to play,I won't.Two breaths later "Are you done in the kitchen can we go play now?"
My doll cloths have now been kid tested and approved!