I thought it would be fun to do another five things about me post today. So long as I can come up with five things about me that is! I think I can. I love to share and I love a bit of self examination too. I hope you don't mind!
I had one of these when I was a girl. It is the Jolly Green Giant from the Green Giant commercials. Yo ho ho! There was nothing special about it. It was just a rag doll, screen printed to look like the Jolly Green Giant. I wish I could tell you I saved can labels for months and years to get him, but it's nothing so fantazmagorical as that. My best friend moved away the summer between Grade four and Grade five. We had been best friends since kindergarten. She had to give away some of her toys and she gave it to me. I loved it because it came from her, not because he was the Jolly Green Giant. The next year we moved and we ended up having to give away some of our toys as well, so Jolly found a new home, once more.
These I did save up soup tin labels and my allowance for. Campbell's Soup Dolls. I remember being really excited when they came. They were just made of vinyl, but they had cute chef's hats that you could take off and put back on. The same with their clothes. I wish I knew what had happened to them. I expect they would be worth some money now! I don't think many companies sell character dolls these days. They have gone the way of tea cups, dish towels and facecloths coming in your detergent boxes. There are the meer cat dolls from Money $aver $upermarket and the monkey from PG Tips, but I think that is all. I would love a PG Tips tea monkey.
Oh how I wanted one of these . . . a Tressy Doll who had hair that would grow with the push of a button. They looked so gorgeous on the telly. I once dreamt that I had one and I can remember being so excited in the morning and running to the cardboard box in the closet that my sister and I shared, thinking that it would be in the box. I was so disappointed when it was not. It had seemed so real. I can't remember how her hair grew shorter again, probably because (like Chatty Cathy) I would never ever own one, but I do remember watching them push the button and pull her hair out on the commercials. I so wanted to be able to style her hair.
My sister and I both got one of these Marlene Fashion Dolls for Christmas the year I turned ten. She came with a beautiful vanity set and a bed. She was wearing a fancy negligee and was fully jointed so her legs and arms could bend and she could turn at the waist. Her body was of really hard plastic. You could store things in her padded hassock that she sat on and her vanity was filled with tiny bottles of perfume and pretend lipstick, etc. Everything a fashion model would need to stay pretty. She even had a little molded pink princess phone. She wasn't quite as pretty as Barbie however.
Keeping with the doll theme another Doll I would have loved to have and coveted was the Tammy Doll. She actually had a whole family with a brother, mother, father and baby sister. There was a girl in my class who had one when I was in Grade Three. She got it for her birthday and brought it for show and tell. She was the envy of all of the girls in our class. She even had her very own locket, Tammy did. She reminded me of Cissy from the television program A Family Affair. I wanted to be like Cissy for a while. She was so stylish, sophisticated and cute and Uncle Bill was so handsome. She had a beautiful bedroom and beautiful clothes and went out on "dates."
I know this is more than five things but another doll my sister and I did have was actually a little set of molded rubber dolls of the world, just like these two dolls here. They came in a set of about six or so and were of hard rubber and they were wearing costumes of the world. Their clothes were glued onto them and would not come off. We used to pretend they were Barbie's children. Barbie took them for drives in my brother's GI Joe Jeep, back when GI Joe was the size of a Ken Doll.
We had a lot of fun with my brother's GI Joe actually. We used to take his head off and put it onto one of our fingers and then the other two children would have to ask him questions and he would either nod or shake his head. We called him Dean Martin. I can remember asking him stupid questions like, "Dean Martin, do you eat telephone poles?" His answer was always yes and we would laugh our heads off.
The innocence of childhood when anything was possible. Sigh . . . This was more of a doll list today, but I hope you enjoyed it anyways and that maybe it brought back some memories of your own!
A thought to carry with you through today . . .
The place where you are right now . . .
God circled on a map for you.
Cooking in The English Kitchen today . . . Navaho Tacos with Navaho Fry Bread. These were gorgeous!
Getting to finally speak with a special friend today, it's been far too long! Speak later Yasmeen!
═══════════ ღೋƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒღೋ ═══════════ ⊰✿░L░O░V░E⊰✿⊰✿⊰✿⊰✿⊰✿⊰░Y░O░U░⊰✿
═══════════ ღೋƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒღೋ ═══════════
═══════════ ღೋƸ̵̡Ӝ̵̨̄Ʒღೋ ═══════════
I don't know how it happened, but it's Thursday already! I hope you have a great one!