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Working too close to “dolls” these days had me thinking about the time they were given to me almost all the time.

Being the first grand daughter to come out after 4 generations of men, everyone, by default, gifted me life-like dolls on every occasion. Having conservative relatives (or at least they knew that I had conservative parents) they followed only one equation when it came to gifts: Girls = dolls and pink stuff. 

As a kid, I never liked dolls. Animal stuffed toys, yes. Baby-like dolls that had eyes that opened and closed with a tilt, lips so red and ruffled clothes, no. Every time I would be gifted by a new doll, a cabbage patch, or even porcelain ones, I would always tug at my mom to tuck them away. 

They were all lined up at the top shelf of the cabinet. I would look away each time I would open that cabinet. Imagine a dozen dolls leering at you as you opened the large doors.

As I grew my own stuffed toy animal kingdom in my bedroom, the dolls on the shelf were slowly given away to young girls who would love them more than our storage did.  

Up to now, I still don’t like them – those porcelain dolls. Still creepy, still the same, lifeless but life-like things.   

April 2021

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