Dolls - Livin' the Good Life
Dec. 10th, 2014
09:44 am - Dolls
Grandma Honey posted an old picture of herself, and also one of her mother, carrying their dolls. It inspired to me post this picture of me. According to my mother, my dolls were my most important possessions. Mom said, "She always had a doll under her arm". Going to the market? Gotta go get my doll!
When I was older (about 10 here, in the center) I still loved dolls. For Christmas, my girlfriends and I all got baby buggies. So glad my dad thought to take this photo! Note the Southern California weather and attire on Dec. 25th. I don't think I owned a coat.
These girls, Melanie Lodge (rt), Nancy Miller (left), and I were next door neighbors, and Nancy and I both wanted Melanie's undying love and devotion (I still have a few "love letters" from Melanie... with lingering perfume..... to prove it! Girls! So dramatic.) We were dressed in our Sunday best, walking down our street named Adelaide Drive, a cul-du-sac, in La Canada. We played on this sleepy little street, all day every day on the weekends and in summertime. Half the lots on that street were vacant, so there was plenty of land to roam and trees to climb.
You'll notice the cliff alongside the road. That was the edge of a piece of vacant land that I explored to the point that I felt I knew it intimately. I created grassy paths all over it. When I was playing horses, I often jumped off the edge of that cliff onto the street below. When I was a horse, I thought I could do anything. My girfriends' mothers wouldn't allow them to do this, and I'm sure the girls were glad, because they were scared. I think I believed I had super powers "as a horse" and I never got hurt. Plus, my mother didn't seem to worry about me getting hurt. Was she ever even watching? I have no idea.
By the way, don't bother to look this street up. It was long ago bulldozed away to create the 210 freeway in 1966, one year before I graduated from high school. So I lived there from 2nd grade through 12th grade, and I have my happiest childhhood memories there.