My Friend Mrs. Beasley
Today was spent shopping for a birthday gift for my 6 year old niece. As I browsed through the toy aisles, I was amazed at the variety of items available to children these days. They have everything from dolls that eat, drink, & pee to dolls that actually swim in the water! Wow!
When I was a child, the only doll I had was a Mrs. Beasley doll complete with a polka dot dress and glasses. She went everywhere with me and still sits on my childhood bed back at my parents’ house. She didn’t cry real tears or speak in 3 different languages and the glasses got lost somewhere along the way but her bright smile has never faded. We’ve been through a lot together and we were the best of friends.
Did you have a favorite doll growing up or maybe a favorite toy?
BTW, I went online and found out that you can buy a brand new Mrs. Beasley for $100! I bet mine didn’t cost more than $10 back then.
Comment Spotlight by Fresh Girl:
I had lots of other dolls, but my very favorite and most treasured was also Mrs. Beasley. I think I got her for Christmas when I was two or three and I still have her, tucked away in my cedar chest with all my other treasures from my childhood and youth. She looks awful — her hair is flat in the back from lying down all the time, her glasses got stepped on and broken when I was little, she has a Kool-Aid stain on her butt, her voice box died, so my mom did a voice boxectomy, and I used to operate on her, so she’s covered in childish stitched up incisions. Oh, and I have no idea where her apron or collar are.
But I was in the hospital frequently when I was a little girl, for long stretches of time, and Mrs. Beasley was my constant companion. She even made it into the operating room with me once, thanks to my sneaky mom who broke the rules and hid her under my sheet after a nurse said I couldn’t take her.
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