52 Week Challenge- Toy Story/ When Will I Be Loved? by olivetreeann

52 Week Challenge- Toy Story/ When Will I Be Loved?

This little dolly belonged to my friend Heather who passed away from Stage 4 Ovarian Cancer several years ago. Her mom had been cleaning out some of Heather's things last year and asked me if I knew anyone that might like this doll. My first thought was that my granddaughter Lucy would probably enjoy her. But shortly after Jean dropped the dolly off I learned that Lucy had taken scissors to all her toys that had anything remotely like hair and given them all haircuts! While her parents and (other) grandmother thought is was "so cute", I thought it was no way to allow a child to "take care of" her toys. Plus, Lucy (even at 5) still has a tendency to take all her dolly's clothes off and misplace them. And sometimes they even become a canvas for her magic markers. I didn't have the heart to send this little cutie to an uncertain future in Lucy's Hair Salon and Boutique! I wanted to find a little girl who would love and treasure her and take care of her properly just like Heather did. So, for now she's still with me. But if you know a little girl who would love her and treat her with respect, let me know! Seriously! Let me know!

So that's my Toy Story for this week's 52 week challenge and a song title entry too!
I think the 'little girl' who will appreciate this lovely dolly and respect her is you. Please keep her as a reminder of your friend.
June 25th, 2017  
well said, @onewing! I was thinking the very same thing.
June 25th, 2017  
She's beautiful. I agree that you should keep her since she's so special. As much as we wish it, children tend not to care the same way we might about certain things we give them. I've heard many horror stories of a special, sentimental toy being passed down and the child just not caring about it and destroying it. Not because they're mean or anything, of course, but just because it doesn't mean the same thing to them.

But if the doll brings back memories that are too painful, maybe try finding out what kind of doll she is and looking for a collector who likes them. Its not the same as being in a child's hands, which I know is special in its own way, but collectors of older dolls tend to put a lot of love and effort into caring for them the best they can.
June 25th, 2017  
Toys like books need to be cherished. Sophie lost her stuffed dog puppy pup after a sleepover at my parents house. The whole family was devastated but luckily I found him a few months later, he had fallen down the side of the bed and was on the floor. She was so happy to get him back and she still sleeps with him!
June 25th, 2017  
What a wonderful image of this beautiful doll. I agree that you should consider keeping her since you associate the doll with your friend. Or a collector as Carissa said.
June 25th, 2017  
Ah, sweet story - and I agree she needs a loving home!
June 25th, 2017  
As I read this I thought that you needed to keep her! And it's so pleasing to see many others have the same thought - so yes, I think this sweet doll needs to be in your kind care :) fav
June 25th, 2017  
Yes you need to keep her,Heather was YOUR friend. this is delightful FAV
June 25th, 2017  
A lovely little doll with a sweet smile If you wanted it to go to a new mummy perhaps someone in a care home for the elderly might love her.
June 25th, 2017  
Let's not forget the six word story challenge either. She's a beautiful little dolly and I think she's already with the girl who will cherish her. I love your treatment of this photo.
June 25th, 2017  
How lovely and a great shot.
June 25th, 2017  
Awesome shot
June 25th, 2017  
Really good photo of this special doll. I think birthstone being she is where She should be.
June 25th, 2017  
I think the little dolly is exactly where she should be - loved and full of memories. Great image for this weeks challenge.
June 25th, 2017  
Such a pretty doll. I am sure that the right home will be found for her.
June 25th, 2017  
Great shot of this nice doll.
June 25th, 2017  
it is a special doll and might be a collector item by now. seems like lucy has way too many toys to appreciate another one, at least for now. i say keep it, for photo opps or maybe when lucy is more responsible with her things, maybe you can give it to her then. or you never know, you just might have another granddaughter. never say never.

this would be a perfect photo for the black and white challenge which is backlighting, i believe.
June 26th, 2017  
Nice one for your challenge.
June 26th, 2017  
Nice processing. Keep it, it's your memory
June 26th, 2017  
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Thank you all for your kind and thoughtful comments. Normally I'd agree but-

1) a sweet doll like this should be carried around and loved, not sitting somewhere collecting dust. I have my own treasured toys, plus a couple of my sons' that are already doing that!
and

2) I also have several special things of Heather's already- two are gifts she gave to me and one is a stained glass vase that was special to her which her mom gave to me as a remembrance, so as cute as this little dolly is, I don't need her to remember Heather by.

I'll keep searching I guess!

@claycameras Good idea Carissa- I'll resort to that if I don't find a child.

@summerfield LOL- I am pretty sure both sons are done! But it's true... you never know.
June 26th, 2017  
@olivetreeann You are certainly being a true friend to Heather in trying to find a new home for her beloved doll - and i understand all your reasons why. I do hope you find someone special :)
June 26th, 2017  
Aww really hope she finds a loving home and with you at the helm, I'm sure she will.
June 26th, 2017  
@gilbertwood Thanks Denise!
@cjphoto Thanks Chris! Me too.
June 27th, 2017  
Cute dolly and flowers. Sad memories..
June 30th, 2017  
@vesna0210 Thank you Vesna! Sad in some ways, but on a different note, she's no longer suffering and is enjoying heaven I'm sure.
July 1st, 2017  
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