Dolls for Christmas: Practicing Motherhood

A good read for Christmas time. Especially important is the last paragraph.

Nancy E. Head

“Mary was bigger than Laura, and she had a rag doll named Nettie. Laura had only a corncob wrapped in a handkerchief, but it was a good doll. It was named Susan. It wasn’t Susan’s fault that she was only a corncob.

“Sometimes Mary let Laura hold Nettie, but she only did it when Susan couldn’t see.” 

Laura Ingalls Wilder, Little House in the Big Woods

–I remember receiving a baby doll the Christmas I was three. She was dressed all in pink and white. And she came with her own bed.

Somewhere there exists a snapshot of me, mouth agape, delighting in the magic that Santa had come and brought me the pretense of motherhood.

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