Jan 7, 2010

Dolls ~ How do they get their names?

I couldn't begin to tell you how many dolls have held a prominent place in either my heart, the hearts of my sisters, my daughters and now my Grandaughters.  Dolls certainly hold a special place in the hearts of little girls, regardless of what timeframe they are born in or what branch they are hanging on in the family tree.

Of course once a doll is placed into the hands of its new "mommy", she then has the honor of naming her new "baby."

You just never know what is in the minds of little ones as they go through the "naming" process.
I remember naming my dolls Penny and Nicky (short for nickle) because that particular year I was learning about how to count money. Very clever ~ don't you agree?  A generation later I have to believe my daughter named her doll by recognizing words that went together.  She named her baby Polly. But not just Polly, if you asked her she would let you know in no uncertain terms that her babies name was Polly Esther.  lol  Oh how her Great Aunts loved that name. They remembered that doll and her name for many years to follow. My youngest daughter had a not so handsome boy cabbage patch doll whom she named Homer. Her Uncle teasingly made a comment about her "ugly" little baby and she said "he's not ugly he's Homer Lee."  Another doll unforgotton. 

Our Grandaughters recieved numerous gifts from numerous people again this year. Books, video games, cameras, sleds etc. etc. and of course a few new dollies.  Well our little Sydney recieved a special new baby and she named her Kelly. But once again, following in her Mothers footsteps; she listened to words that she knew belonged together... after all her sister recieved a computer game called "Kelly's Pet Parade."  You guessed it ~ that's her babies name.  Not just Kelly, but "Kelly's Pet Parade!"  I guess it's true: the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.   


Dar said...

Awww, Cher, your Dolly entry is wonderful. I remember a baby doll that I named Betsy but I cannot remember if it was because of my childhood friend or that her name was imprinted on the back of her neck as some of the older dolls were identified.
Having a twin brother, I remember the Jack and Jill dolls we got for Christmas when we were 6 or 7. I remember Doug not being too fond of the idea but I loved Jill in her red velvet dress and a crisp white shirt and red velvet shorts on Jack. I still have Jill and will have to ask Doug if he still has Jack. They really belong together again after all this time.
Thanks for the memories Cher. We all got dolls and Lana got Elvis. LOL...I still remember that Christmas like it was yesterday.
Blessings Be Yours

Cher' Shots said...

I remember the Jack and Jill dolls, they were beautiful.

Cindy Bergeron Scherwinski said...

What a lovely blog and a terrific post, Cheryl. Thank you for directing me to your blog. I love the idea of a doll post - something I will have to give some thought to. Maybe my first Barbie doll - I was able to kidnap the doll from my Mom and Dad's :-)

My sister and I each had a life-size doll - mine was a talking doll with long blond hair and my sister's had short dark hair. I don't know if we (meaning my parents or maybe one of my sisters) have any photos of them.

My sister had a Miss Beasley doll ... terrific idea.

Thank you again ..

Blessings to you,

P.S. And thank you for the very kind compliment during our chat ("you look good.") I have been irritated about my putting off walking and biking and the result of being out-of-shape and heavier than I should be - I appreciate your reminder to love who I am right now. Thank you. And you are right ... maintaining a healthy weight is a constant struggle.