The One I Kept

As a kid, I had all kinds of toys- Barbies, My Little Ponies, Pound Puppies, Care Bears. Can you tell I was an 80s kid? But the big toy, the one that I desperately wanted for Christmas was a Cabbage Patch Doll. They were the popular toy that year, the one parents stood in line for, actually got into fights over, the one that was impossible to get. I was so not getting one. But I was a kid so there was still that little bit of hope niggling in the back of my head.

And what do you know, Christmas morning there was that present, and I just knew what it was. A Cabbage Patch Kid! My grandma had managed to get one for me. And do you know it’s the only toy from my childhood that I’ve held onto all these year. I forget her name, I’m ashamed to admit, but she’s on the right above. Her original outfit is long gone, but mom was always great about sewing clothes for my dolls. Her hair is tied up with some kind of ribbony-thing, and she’s a little dingy around the edges, but she still makes me smile.

The doll on the left is Amber’s. Her grandmother got it for her a few years ago. She’s so cute, too, isn’t she? Alright, I still love dolls. It’s funny, though, how fads come back around.

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