Tuesday, May 20, 2014
The Art of Playing Dolls
Do little girls actually play dolls anymore? I know that my daughter didn't, but then again, she has always been very grounded in reality and not much given to flights of fancy. I was heavy into doll playing, from about the age of 5 or 6 up through near puberty. Not baby dolls, mind you, too dull. Shirley Temple and Betsy McCall were the dolls I played when I wanted girlish heroines, and Barbie when I wanted someone older. My sister and I got matching Shirley Temple dolls one year for Christmas. One of them was dressed as Rebecca of Sunnybrook farm, complete with gray and white striped overalls with a straw hat.